Paul LaCava

Horace Mann Hall (HM) 056
(401) 456-9703

Academic Background

Ph.D. in Education (Special Education), University of Kansas
M.S. in Education (Special Education), University of Kansas
Graduate Certification (Special Education), Central Connecticut State University
B.A. (History), Central Connecticut State University

Courses Taught

SPED 300 Introduction to the Characteristics and Education of Students with Disabilities
SPED 312 Assessment Procedures for Children and Youth With Disabilities
SPED 563 Methods and Curriculum: Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 565 Practicum II in Autism
SPED 648 Interpreting and Developing Research in Special Education
ELED/SPED 302 Teaching All Learners: Foundations and Strategies


  • Assessment
  • Evidence-based Practices
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Positive Behavior Supports

Recent Scholarly Activity

LaCava, P. G. (2016). Understanding and responding to the needs of children and youth with autism spectrum disorders. In R. L. Simpson, & B. S. Myles (Eds.), Educating children and youth with autism: Strategies for effective practice, 3rd Edition. Austin, TX: PRO-ED.

LaCava, P. G. (2016, June). Teaching diverse learners at ZooCamp 2016. Invited lecture, Roger Williams ParkZoo staff training, Providence, RI.

LaCava, P. G., Pisapia, K., Audet, K., Friesem, Y., Desormier, K., & Ruise, B. (2016, May). Teaching emotion recognition with the Transporters DVD. Poster presentation, International Meeting for Autism Research, Baltimore, MD.

LaCava, P. G. (2016, April). Using Power Cards to support students with autism and developmental disabilities. Poster presentation, Council for Exceptional Children Convention & Expo, St. Louis, MO.

LaCava, P. G., & Simpson R. L. (2016, February). Evidence-based practices and autism spectrum disorders: Navigating a sea of challenges.Invited Workshop Speaker.Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders, Kansas City, MO.

LaCava, P. G. (2016, January). Power Cards and students with autism: Learning via a strength-based approach. Poster presentation, Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism & Developmental Disabilities 17th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities, Honolulu, HI.

Grattan, A., & LaCava, P. G. (2015, October). Understanding college students with autism spectrum disorders: An overview. Invited Lecture for the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at Rhode Island College, Providence, RI.

LaCava, P. G. & Burrows, J. E. (2014, March). Utilizing Strengths of the ASD Population to Help Achieve Success in the University Community. Invited lecture presented at the Autism Services and Resources Connecticut’s 24th Annual Conference, New Haven, CT.

LaCava, P. G. (2013). Video modeling (online instructional module in the Autism Internet Modules). Columbus, OH: OCALI.

LaCava, P. G., & Furtak, S. (2011, summer). The basics of neuroscience and autism: What you need to know. Part 3. Autism Spectrum Quarterly, 49–52.

LaCava, P. G., Rankin, A., Mahlios, E., Cook, K., & Simpson, R. (2010). A single case design evaluation of a software and tutor intervention to address emotion recognition and social interaction in four boys with ASD. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 14, 161-178.

Page last updated: Wednesday, October 19, 2016