Meara McMahon, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Behavior Analyst

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

Meara McMahon, PhD, BCBA-D, is a board-certified, doctoral-level behavior analyst who manages day treatment and outpatient cases within the Multidisciplinary Feeding Program at Marcus Autism Center and the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Center for Advanced Pediatrics. She also serves as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. McMahon’s clinical interests include avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder, pediatric feeding disorders and autism spectrum disorder. Her research interests include choice-based antecedent and reinforcement strategies for the prevention of disruptive mealtime behavior.

Dr. McMahon earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia and completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral clinical fellowship at Children’s/Emory University School of Medicine within the Multidisciplinary Feeding Program. Dr. McMahon also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Children’s/Emory University School of Medicine within the Severe Behavior Program at Marcus Autism Center.



  • McMahon, M. X. H., Hathaway, K. L., Hodges, A. K., Sharp, W. G., & Volkert, V. M. (2022). A retrospective consecutive controlled case series of underspoon: A modified-bolus placement to address behavior that interfere with swallowing. Behavior Modification, 47(4), 870–904.
  • Hodges, A. K., Hathaway, K. L., McMahon, M. X. H., Volkert, V. M., & Sharp, W. G. (2022). Treatment of feeding concerns in children with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review of caregiver involvement. Behavior Modification, 47(4), 936–958.
  • Stubbs, K. H., McMahon, M. X. H., Popler, J., Berry, R. C., & Sharp, W. G. (2022). Multidisciplinary feeding treatment for a patient with interstitial lung disease. Pediatric Pulmonology, 57, 3183-3185.
  • Casey, S. D., McMahon, M. X. H., & Reed, G. K. (2022). Assessment of mealtime behaviors. In J. H. Cihon, L. Tershko, K. B. Marshall, & M. J. Weiss (Eds.), Behavior Analytic Approaches to Promote Enjoyable Mealtimes for Individuals with Autism and their Families (1st ed., pp. 49-72). Vernon Press.
  • Rubio, E. K., McMahon, M. X. H., & Volkert, V. M. (2021). A systematic review of physical guidance procedures as an open-mouth prompt to increase acceptance for children with pediatric feeding disorders. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 54(1), 144-167.
  • Konst, M. J., Lesser, A. D., McMahon, M., & González, M. L., (2017). The impact of food viscosity and preference on treating a feeding problem. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 29, 547-555.