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Melanie Pellecchia

Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Consulting Psychologist, Penn Medicine Autism Clinic, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
3535 Market Street, 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-746-1950
B.S (Psychology)
St. Joseph's University, 2000.
M.S.Ed (Applied Behavior Analysis)
Temple University, 2006.
Ph.D. (School Psychology)
Temple University, 2013.
Post-Graduate Training
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, 2013-2015.
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Selected Publications

Tomczuk, L. & Pellecchia, M.: COVID-19 and early intervention services: A qualitative review of caregiver perspectives. Poster presented at the American Public Health Association 2021 Annual Meeting & Expo, Denver, CO. (Virtual) October 2021.

Iadarola, S., Pellecchia, M., Stahmer, A., Gulsrud, A., Lee, H.S., Shih, W., McGhee Hassrick, E., & Kasari, C.: Mind the Gap, a Caregiver-Engagement Focused Intervention for Traditionally Underserved Families with a New Autism Diagnosis. In J. Locke (chair), Using Novel Implementation Tools for Evidence-Based Practice Delivery (UNITED) for Under Resourced Settings. Paper presented at a symposium at International Society for Autism Research annual meeting (virtual). May 2021.

Pellecchia, M.: Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention: The next frontier for early autism treatment. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (virtual). May 2021.

Melanie Pellecchia, Chair: Can Behavioral and Developmental Science Live Happily Ever After? An Overview and Application of Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention. Symposium presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (virtual). May 2021.

Gulsrud, A., Hyon, S. L., Hassrick, E. M., Iadarolla, S., Pellecchia, M.,... Stahmer, A.C.: It’s who you know: Caregiver social networks predict service use among under-resourced children with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders 88, 2021.

Tomczuk, L., Stewart, R.E., Beidas, R.S., Mandell, D.S., Pellecchia, M.: Who Gets Coached? A Qualitative Inquiry into Community Clinicians’ Decisions to Use Caregiver Coaching. Autism 2021 Notes: (Accepted 10/21/21).

Pellecchia, M., Beidas, R.S., Stahmer, A.C.: Engaging Multiple Stakeholder Groups to Develop Strategies to Support the Implementation of Parent Coaching in Early Intervention. International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting. May 2020 Notes: Accepted Oral presentation cancelled due to COVID-19.

Nuske, H.J., Pellecchia, M., Kane, C., Seidman, M., Maddox, B.B., Freeman, L.M., Rump. K., Reisenger, E.M., Xie, M., Mandell, D.S. : Self-regulation is bi-directionally associated with cognitive development in children with autism. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 68: 101139, 2020.

Iadarola, S., Pellecchia., M., Stahmer, A.C., Lee, H.S., Hauptman, L., Hassrick, E.M., Crabbe, S., Vejnoska, S., Morgan, E., Nuske, H.J., Luelmo, P., Friedman, C., Kasari., C., Gulsrud, A., Mandell, D.S., Smith, T. : Mind the gap: an intervention to support caregivers with a new autism spectrum disorder diagnosis is feasible and acceptable. Journal of Pilot and Feasibility Studies 6: 124, 2020.

Pellecchia, M., Beidas, R.S., Lawson, G., Williams, N.J., Seidman, M., KImberly, J.R., Cannuscio, C.C., Mandell, D.S.: Does implementing a new intervention disrupt use of existing evidence-based autism interventions? Autism 2020.

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