Nathan Call, PhD, BCBA-D

Nathan Call

Clinical Director, Psychologist

Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Nathan Call, PhD, BCBA-D, received his doctorate in school psychology from the University of Iowa in 2003. He has been at Marcus Autism Center since 2006, where he has held many positions as a clinician and as a leader of treatment programs. He currently serves as the center's Clinical Director. In this role he oversees all clinical activities and works to develop clinical innovations.

Dr. Call has an active research agenda that includes publishing in and serving on the editorial board for several journals, including as an associate editor for Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice. Dr. Call’s current research interests include the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders. He is a strong proponent of disseminating behavioral treatments to broader audiences, which has led him to serve as principal investigator on several federally funded randomized clinical trials. Dr. Call has also conducted translational research in behavioral economics and measure development.

Publications

  • Cariveau, T., Miller, S.J., Call, N.A., & Alvarez, J. (2019). Assessment and treatment of problem behavior maintained by termination of interruptions. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 3, 203-208.
  • Hodnett, J., Scheithauer, M., Call, N.A., Mevers, J.L., & Miller, S.J. (2018). Using a functional analysis followed by differential reinforcement and extinction to reduce challenging behaviors in children with Smith-Magenis syndrome. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 6, 558-573.
  • Hine, J.F., Ardoin, S.P., Call, N.A. (2018). Token economies: Using basic experimental research to guide practical applications. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy48, 45 - 154.
  • Lomas Mevers, J., Muething, C., Call, N. A., Scheithauer, M., & Hewett, S. (2018). A consecutive case series analysis of a behavioral intervention for enuresis in children with developmental disabilities. Developmental neurorehabilitation, 5, 336-344.
  • Scheithauer, M., Call, N., Mevers, J.L., Scahill, L. (2018). A Feasibility randomized clinical trial (RCT) of a manualized intervention targeting elopement (running away) in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 31, 564-564.
  • Call, N.A., Clark, S.B., Mevers, J.L., Parks, N.A., Volkert, V.M, Scheithauer, M.C., (2018). An individualized method for establishing and thinning multiple schedules of reinforcement following functional communication training. Learning and Motivation, 62, 91-102.
  • Scheithauer, M., Muething, C.S., Silva, M.R., Gerencser, K.R., Krantz, J., Call, N.A. (2017). Using caregiver report on the impact of challenging behavior exhibited by children with autism spectrum disorder to guide treatment development and outcomes. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 1-12.
  • Lomas Mevers, J.E., Call, N.A., & Miller, S.J. (2017). Practice recommendations for addressing problem behaviors in siblings with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 4, 363-374.
  • Muething, C. S., Call, N.A., Lomas Mevers, J., Zangrillo, A. N., Clark, S. B., & Reavis, A. R. (2017). Correspondence between the results of functional analyses and brief functional analyses. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 8, 549-559.
  • Scheithauer, M.C., Lomas Mevers, J.E., Call, N.A., Shrewsbury, A.N. (2017). Using a Test for Multiply-Maintained Self Injury to Develop Function-Based Treatments. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 29, 443 - 460.
  • Scheithauer, M., Call, N., Cariveau, T., Ormand, H., Clark, S. (2016). A consecutive case review of token systems used to reduce problem behavior in individuals with developmental delays. Journal Of Intellectual Disability Research, 60, 733.
  • Scheithauer, M., Cariveau, T., Call, N.A., Ormand, H., Clark, S. (2016). A consecutive case review of token systems used to reduce socially maintained challenging behavior in individuals with intellectual and developmental delays. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 62, 157-166.
  • Call, N.A., Simmons, C.A., Mevers, J.E., & Alvarez, J.P. (2015). Clinical Outcomes of Behavioral Treatments for Pica in Children with Developmental Disabilities. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 7, 2105–2114.
  • Call, N.A., Delfs, C.H., Reavis, A.R., Mevers, J.L. (2015). Factors influencing treatment decisions by parents for their children with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 15-16, 10-20.
  • Call, N.A., Reavis, A.R., McCracken, C.E., Gillespie, S.E., & Scheithauer, M. C. (2015). The impact of delays on parents' perceptions of treatments for problem behavior. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 4, 1013-1025.
  • Klin, A., Wetherby, A.M., Woods, J., Saulnier, C., Stapel-Wax, J., Klaiman, C., Jones, W., Rubin, E., Scahill, L., Call, N.A., Bearss, K., Gunter, C., Courtemanche, C. J., Lemieux, A., Cox, J.C., Mandell, D.S., Van Decar, J.P., Miller, R.A., & Shireman, C.L. (2015). Toward innovative, cost-effective, and systemic solutions to improve outcomes and well-being of military families affected by autism spectrum disorder. The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 1, 73-79.

Speaking Engagements

  • Call, N. (2015, December). From specialized clinic-based tertiary care to communities and prevention. Presented at National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM’s) Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health, Washington, DC.
  • Call, N. (2016, October). Assessment and management of problem behaviors exhibited by individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Presented as part of University of California Los Angeles Center for Autism Research and Treatment Lecture Series, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Call, N. (2017, March). Supporting medical care for children with autism spectrum disorder. Presented at Children’s Hospital Association Accreditation and Regulatory Forum.
  • Call, N. (2018, March). Alternative functional behavioral assessment formats: What to do when the gold standard isn’t feasible. Presented at the Iowa Department of Education Annual Learning Supports Conference, Ames, IA.
  • Call, N. (2018, July). Current research in the treatment of problem behavior exhibited by individuals with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome and related disorders. Presented at The Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation International Family Conference and Phelan-McPosium, Grapevine, TX.
  • Call, N. (2018, October). Managing challenging behavior in children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Lecture conducted from Texas Department of Education, Region 4.
  • Call, N. (2018, November). Addressing challenging behavior of individuals with autism spectrum disorder using evidence-based strategies. Lecture presented at Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Call, N. (2015). Behavioral approaches to problem behavior in individuals with dual diagnoses. Presented at Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability, Macon, GA.
  • Call, N. (2016). A continuum of behavior analytic research with individuals diagnosed with ASD. Presented at Atlanta Autism Consortium Annual Research Symposium, Atlanta, GA.
  • Call, N. (2017). Autism Spectrum Disorder: Providing complex care for core symptoms and co-morbidities. Georgia Department of Education Autism Services Webinar. Lecture presented from Atlanta, GA.
  • Call, N. (2017). The role of diagnosis in treatment planning. Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities forum for Direct Service Providers. Lecture presented from Macon, GA and Savannah, GA.
  • Call, N. (2017). Essentials of a treatment plan. Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities forum for Direct Service Providers. Lecture presented from Macon, GA and Savannah, GA.
  • Call, N. (2018). Managing and preventing crises in individuals with dual diagnoses. Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities Learning Collaborative Conference. Lecture presented from Augusta, GA.
  • Call, N. (2019) Crisis management and behavioral interventions for individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Adult Mental Health Coalition Meeting. Lecture presented from Macon, GA.
  • Call, N. (2016). Behavioral interventions for severe problem behavior in children with autism and related disorders. Strengthening Families Mental Health Forum. Lecture conducted from Fayettville, GA.
  • Call, N. (2018). Patients with ASD in specialty healthcare settings. Presented at Advanced Practice Professionals Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Call, N. (2015) Behavioral interventions in the United States State of Autism Diagnosis and Treatment. Autism Speaks Korea & South Korean Ministry of Health.
  • Call, N. (2015). Applications of delay discounting in the treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities. Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy. Lecture conducted from Amherst, MA.
  • Call, N. (2015). Assessment and treatment of comorbid conditions. Presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Shanghai, China.
  • Call, N. (2016, March). Etiology and assessment of problem behavior exhibited by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presented at the 8th Annual Autism Symposium: Current Medical Evidence and Interventions Regarding Autism, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Call, N. (2016, March). Function-based treatments of problem behavior in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presented at the 8th Annual Autism Symposium: Current Medical Evidence and Interventions Regarding Autism, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Call, N. (2016, October). Assessment and management of problem behaviors exhibited by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presented at the 1st Annual International Annual Autism Conference, Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • Call, N. (2016, October). Successfully managing the transition into adulthood for individuals with ASD. Presented at the 1st Annual International Annual Autism Conference, Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • Call, N. (2016, November). Telehealth-based interventions for problem behaviors exhibited by children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presented at OPEN MINDS Technology & Informatics Institute, Washington, DC.
  • Call, N. (2017, October). Current research on the treatment of problem behaviors exhibited by children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presented at the Naked Heart Foundation Annual Conference, Moscow, Russia.
  • Call, N. (2018, March). Behavioral interventions for severe problem behavior in children with autism and related disorders. Presented at the 10th Annual Autism Symposium: Current Medical Evidence and Interventions Regarding Autism, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Call, N. (2014). Maintaining social validity while treating problem behaviors exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities. Presented at Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis, Atlanta, GA.
  • Call, N.(2014). The state of behavior analysis in Georgia. Presented at the annual conference of the Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis.
  • Call, N. (2015). Behavioral approaches to problem behavior in individuals with dual diagnoses. Presented at the annual convocation for the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability.