Sarah Slocum Freeman, PhD, BCBA-D

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Behavioral Clinical Practioner

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Slocum Freeman is board-certified as a doctoral-level behavior analyst and manages day treatment cases in the Severe Behavior Program at Marcus Autism Center. She is also appointed as an Emory University School of Medicine faculty member. Her research interests include methods for improving the efficacy and efficiency of the assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior.

Publications

  • Morris, K. M., & Slocum, S. K. (in press). Assessment and treatment of self-injurious feather plucking in a black vulture (coragyps atratus). Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Slocum, S. K., Vollmer, T. R., & Donaldson, J. M. (in press). An evaluation of delays to time-out on problem behavior of preschool children. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Wunderlich, K. L., Vollmer, T. R., Mehrkam, L. R., Feuerbacher, E. N., Slocum, S. K., Kronfli, F., & Pizarro, E. (in press). Stability of function of automatically reinforced vocal stereotypy over time. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Hernández, V., Fernand, J. K., Vollmer, T. R., & Slocum, S. K. (2018). Retrospective analysis of changes in response topographies of escape-maintained aggressive behavior during functional analyses. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Slocum, S. K., Grauerholz-Fisher, E., Peters, K. P., & Vollmer, T. R. (2018). A multicomponent approach to thinning reinforcer delivery during noncontingent reinforcement schedules. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. (51) 61-69. doi:10.1002/jaba.427.
  • Slocum, S. K., Mehrkam, L. R., Peters, K. P., & Vollmer, T. R. (2017). Using differential reinforcement of a discard response to treat pica. Behavioral Interventions. (32)234-241. doi:10.1002/bin.1483.
  • Vollmer, T. R., Peters, K. P., & Slocum, S. K. (2015). Treatment of severe behavior disorders. In Clinical and Organizational Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis. (47-67). Location: Elsevier.
  • Slocum, S. K., & Vollmer, T. R. (2015). A comparison of positive and negative reinforcement for compliance to treat problem behavior maintained by escape. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. (48)563-574. doi: 10.1002/jaba.216.

Speaking Engagements

2018

  • Slocum, S. K. (2018, September). Discussant: Assessment and treatment of problem behavior. Symposium at the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. Presented in Bonita Springs, FL.
  • Gonzalez, J. S., & Slocum, S. K. (2018, September). Teaching children with ASD intraverbal responses about the past. Presented at the meeting of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis, Bonita Springs, FL.
  • Vollmer, T. R., Deshais, M., Pizarro, E., Slanzi, C., Kronfli, F., Slocum, S. K., & Perez, B. (2018, July). Three benefits of a functional analysis approach. Workshop presented at the Applied Behavior Analysis in Autism 2 Conference. Lecture presented in Rome, Italy.
  • Slocum, S. K., & Morris, K. (2018, May). Application of the paired-stimulus preference assessment to black vultures (coragyps atratus). Symposium presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Lecture presented in San Diego, CA.
  • Morris, K., & Slocum, S. K. (2018, May). Functional analysis and treatment of self-injurious feather plucking in a black vulture (coragyps atratus). Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Lecture presented in San Diego, CA.

2017

  • Peters, K. P., Vollmer, T. R., Conine, D., Deshais, M. A., & Slocum, S. K. (2017, November). Assessment and intervention for the core features of autism. Third International Congress of Clinical and Health Psychology on Children and Adolescents. Lecture presented in Seville, Spain.
  • Perez, B., Peters, K. P., Slocum, S. K., & Vollmer, T. R. (2017, October). A functional analysis and treatment of pica. Symposium presented at the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. Lecture presented in Daytona Beach, FL.
  • Morris, K., & Slocum, S. K. (2017, October). Application of the paired-stimulus preference assessment to black vultures (coragyps atratus). Paper presented at the meeting of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. Lecture presented in Daytona Beach, FL.
  • Morris, K., & Slocum, S. K. (2017, October). Functional analysis and treatment of self-injurious feather plucking in a black vulture (coragyps atratus). Paper presented at the meeting of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. Lecture presented in Daytona Beach, FL.
  • Vollmer, T. R., Deshais, M., Kronfli, F., Pizarro, E., Peters, K., & Slocum, S. K. (2017, May). New developments in the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders. Speaker Series, United Kingdom Society for Behaviour Analysis. Lecture presented in London, England.
  • Slocum, S. K. (2017, January). Autism spectrum disorder. Presented at Psychiatry Resident Program, Elmira, NY.

2016

  • Hernández, V., Fernand, J. K., Vollmer, T. R., & Slocum, S. K. (2016, November). Decreases in variability of response topographies during functional analysis sessions of aggression. Symposium presented at the Mexican Society for Behavior Analysis annual convention. Lecture presented from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
  • Slocum, S. K. (2016, August). Applied behavior analysis in a day-care setting. Presented at Child Development Center at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL.
  • Peters, K. P., Vollmer, T. R., Conine, D., Deshais, M., Fernand, J., & Slocum, S. K. (2016, October). Assessment and intervention for core features of autism. Presented at Mid-American Association for Behavior Analysis, Wisconsin Dells, WI.
  • Slocum, S. K., Grauerholz-Fisher, E., Peters, K. P., & Vollmer, T. R. (2016, May). Evaluating a reinforcer-thinning procedure to reduce severe problem behavior maintained by social-positive reinforcement. Symposium presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Lecture presented from Chicago, IL.
  • Slocum, S. K. (2016, April). Autism Spectrum Disorder: What do we know about it? How do we treat it? Assessment and intervention for core features of autism. Presented at UCF College of Medicine Pediatrics Interest Group (PIG), Lake Nona, FL.

2015

  • Slocum, S. K., Peters, K. P., Aboushaar, R., & Vollmer, T. R. (2015, September). Development of a short-term emergency program for problem behavior: Assessment, treatment and parent training. Symposium presented at the meeting of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. Lecture presented from Daytona Beach, FL.
  • Slocum, S. K., Grauerholz-Fisher, E., Peters, K. P., & Vollmer, T. R. (2015, September). An evaluation of an extinction-fading procedure. Symposium presented at the meeting of the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis. Lecture presented from Daytona Beach, FL.
  • Slocum, S. K., & Vollmer, T. R. (2015, May). An evaluation of two emergency treatments to treat severe escape behavior. Symposium presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Lecture presented from San Antonio, TX.
  • Klinepeter, E. A., Mehrkam, L. R., Slocum, S. K., Peters, K. P., & Vollmer, T. R. (2015, May). Using a differential-reinforcement procedure to treat pica. Symposium presented at the meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Lecture presented from San Antonio, TX.

2014

  • Slocum, S. K. (2014, September). The University of Florida’s Behavior Analysis Research Clinic and the Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowship. Autism Speaks Networking Breakfast. Lecture presented in Orlando, FL.
  • Slocum, S. K. (2014, September). An evaluation of emergency procedures to treat severe escape behavior. Autism Speaks Awareness for Annual Walk. Lecture presented in Orlando, FL.
  • Slocum, S. K. (2014, April). Applied Behavior Analysis: FBAs and BIPs. Presented at Northshore Families Helping Families Workshop, Covington, LA.