Tanya Paparella, Ph.D.


Director, Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program

Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)

Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Member, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Contact Information

Fax Number: 310-825-0676
Work Phone Number: 310-825-0147

Mailing Address:

Semel Insitute, 760 Westwood Plaza, Room 78-215
Los Angeles, CA 90095



A selected list of publications:

Freeman, S. F. N., Paparella, T., Kim, J., Whelan, F., Hellemann, G., & Forness, S.   Brief report: Therapy participation and behavioral, social, and adaptive symptom presentation in children with autism spectrum disorder, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 2018; 53(4): 428-437.
Jeste, S. S., Kirkham, N., Senturk, D., Hasenstab, K., Sugar, C., Kupelian, C., Baker, E., Sanders, A. J., Shimizu, C., Norona, A., Paparella, T., Freeman, S. F. N., Johnson, S. P.   Electrophysiological evidence of heterogeneity in visual statistical learning in young children with ASD. , Developmental Science, 2015; 18: 90-105.
Paparella, T., & Freeman, S.   Methods to improve joint attention in young children with autism: a review, Pediatric Health, Medicine and Therapeutics, 2015; 6(May19): 65-78.
Kasari, C.; Gulsrud, A.; Paparella,T.; Hellemann, G.; Berry, K.   Randomized Comparative Efficacy Study of Parent-Mediated Interventions for Toddlers With Autism. , Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2015; 554-563.
Paparella, T., & Lavelle, L.   More Than Hope: For Young Children On The Autism Spectrum, [e-book version], 2013; .
Kim, J.; Freeman, S.; Paparella, T. & Forness, S.   Five-Year Follow-up of Preschoolers with Autism and Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders. , Behavioral Disorders, 2012; 38: 57-70.
Scheflen, S., Freeman, S. & Paparella, T.   Using video modeling to teach young children with autism developmentally appropriate play and connected speech. , Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 2012; 47(3): 302-318.
Kasari, C; Gulsrud, A; Freeman, S; Paparella, T. & Hellemann, G.   Longitudinal Follow Up of Children with ASD Receiving Targeted Interventions on Joint Attention and Play Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2012; 51(5): 487-495.
Paparella, T. & Lavelle, L.   More Than Hope for Young Children on the Autism Spectrum QLL, 2012; 1-170.
Forness, S., Freeman, S., Paparella, T., Kauffman, J. & Walker, H. M.   Special education implications of point and cumulative prevalence for children with emotional or behavioral disorders Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 2012; 20(1): 4-18.
Freeman, S., Begum, G., Hayashida, K. and Paparella, T.   Social Skill Activities for Teachers of Young Children with Autism, Other Developmental Disabilities, and Typical Children: An Easy Curriculum for Improving Social Behaviors in the Classroom, DRL Books Inc, 2011; 1-251.
Paparella, T., Stickles Goods , K., Freeman, S. & Kasari, C.   The emergence of joint attention and requesting skills in young children with autism Journal of Communication Disorders, 2011; 44: 569-583.
Hayashida, K., Anderson, B., Freeman, S., Paparella, T., & Forness, S.   Comorbid psychiatric diagnoses in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders Behavioral Disorders, 2010; 35: 243-254.
Freeman, S. F. N. & Paparella, T.   Autism Intervention Research: From the Reviews to Implications for Practice, In R. M. Hodapp (Ed.), International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, 2009; 38: 195-238.
Kasari, C., Paparella, T. & Freeman, S. F.   Language outcome in autism: Randomized comparison of joint attention and play interventions Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2008; 76(1): 125-137.
Gulsrud, A. C., Kasari, C., Freeman, S., Paparella, T.   Children with autism's response to novel stimuli while participating in interventions targeting joint attention or symbolic play skills Autism, 2007; 6(11): 535-546.
Wong, C., Kasari, C., Freeman, S. F., & Paparella.   The Acquisition and generalization of joint attention and symbolic play skills in young children with autism Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 2007; 32(2): 101-109.
Kasari, C., Freeman, S. F. & Paparella, T.   Joint attention and symbolic play in young children with autism: A randomized controlled intervention study Journal of Psychology and Psychiatry, 2006; 47(6): 611-620.
Forness, S.R., Freeman, S. F. & Paparella, T.   Recent randomized clinical trials comparing behavioral interventions and psychopharmacologic treatments for school children with EBD Behavioral Disorders, 2006; 31(3): 284-296.
Kasari, C., Freeman, S., Paparella, T., Wong, C., Kwon, S. & Gulsrud, A.   Early intervention on core deficits in autism Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 2005; 2(6): 380-388.
Paparella, T & Kasari, C.   Joint attention in special needs populations: A review Infants and Young Children, 2004; 17(3): 269-280.
Kasari, C., Freeman, S. F. N. & Paparella, T.   Early Intervention in Autism: Joint Attention and Symbolic Play In L. M. Glidden (Ed.), Autism: International Review of Research in Mental Retardation, 2001; 23: 207-237.