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. & 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. (2014, February). How Do I Support Learners with ASD? Positive Strategies That Work! Invited lecture presented at the Midwest Symposium for the Leadership in Behavior Disorders, Kansas City, MO.

LaCava, P. G. (2014, January). How Do I Assess and Teach Empathy for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder? Presented at the DADD-CEC 15th Annual Conference, Clearwater Beach, FL.

LaCava, P. G. (in press).Hans Asperger.In C. R. Reynolds, K. J. Vannest, and  E. Fletcher-Janzen,  (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Special Education:  A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals, Fourth Edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

LaCava, P.  G. & Tarpey, K. (2012, February). How are special educators using Social Stories™ in Rhode Island? Poster session presented at the Midwest Symposium for the Leadership in Behavior Disorders, Kansas City, MO.

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. (2011, April). Understanding empathy in individuals with autism and Asperger Syndrome. Invited lecture, Bailey’s Team Educational Series. Mansfield, MA.

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.

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