Joseph P. McCleery

Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, and Executive Director of Academic Programs in the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support
Specializations: Autism, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Neuroscience, Applied Behavior Analysis
Office: Office 1: Post Hall 139; Office 2: Kinney Center, Connelly Hall

Dr. McCleery is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, and Executive Director of Academic Programs in the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support, at Saint Joseph's University. His research is focused along three major themes. The first theme involves examining and elucidating the mechanisms of social processing and perception in infants, children, and adults with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The second theme concerns the examination of genetic impacts on brain functioning, through the study of the relationships of normal genetic variation and rare genetic syndromes (e.g., mutations, microdeletions) with brain and behavioral functioning. The third theme involves the evaluation and development of behavioral and cognitive-behavioral interventions for individuals with ASD. Dr. McCleery has published his research and ideas in leading peer-reviewed journals in the fields of Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience; and his research has been supported by a number of organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, Autistica, Autism Speaks, the M.I.N.D. Institute, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, and the McMorris Family Foundation.





Ph.D., Psychology (Experimental), 2006

University of California, San Diego


M.A., Psychology (Experimental), 2006

University of California, San Diego


B.A., Psychology, 2000

Rutgers University, Camden



Gilroy, S., Leader, G., & McCleery, J. P. (2018).  A pilot community-based randomized comparison of speech generating devices and the Picture Exchange Communication System for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research, in press.

Hennekam, R, Kline, A., Moss, J., Selicorni, A., Bisgaard, A, Deardorff, M., Gillett, P., Ishman, S., Kerr, L., Levin, A., Mulder, P., Ramos, F., Wierzba, J., Ajmone, P., Axtell, D., Blagowidow, N., Cereda, A., Cormier-Daire, V., Costantino, A., Fitzpatrick, D., Grados, M., Groves, L., Guthrie, W., Huisman, S., Kaiser, F., Koekkoek, G., Levis, M., Mariani, M., McCleery, J. P., Menke, L., Metrena, A., O'Connor, J., Oliver, C., Piening, S., Potter, C., Quaglio, A., Redeker, E., Richman, D., Rigamonti, C., Shi, A., Tumer, Z., & Van Balkom, I. (2018). Diagnosis and management of Cornelia de Lange Syndrome: First international consensus statement.  Nature Reviews Genetics, in press.

Snape, S., Krott, A., & McCleery, J. P.  (2018). Do children with Autism Spectrum Disorder benefit from structural alignment when constructing categories? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, in press.

Gilroy, S., Leader, G., & McCleery, J. P. (2017). Systematic review of methods for teaching social and communicative behavior with high-tech augmentative and alternative communication modalities. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, in press.

Galilee, A., Stefanidou, C., & McCleery, J. P. (2017). Atypical speech versus non-speech detection and discrimination in 4- to 6-year old children with autism spectrum disorder: An ERP study. PLoS One, in press.

Crawford, H., Moss, J., Oliver, C., Elliott, N., Anderson, G. M., & McCleery, J. P. (2016). Visual preference for social stimuli in individuals with autism or neurodevelopmental disorders: An eye-tracking study. Molecular Autism, in press.

McCleery, J. P. (2015). Letter to Editor: Comment on technology-based intervention research for individuals on the autism spectrum. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, in press.

Christou, A., Endo, S., Wallis, Y., Bair, H., Zeegers, M., & McCleery, J. P. (2015). Variation in serotonin transporter linked polymorphic region (5-HTTLPR) short/long genotype modulates resting frontal electroencephalograhy asymmetries in children. Development and Psychopathology, in press.

Crawford, H., Moss, J., Anderson, G., Oliver, C., & McCleery, J. P. (2015). Implicit discrimination of basic facial expressions of positive/negative emotion in Fragile X Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, in press.

McCleery, J. P., Elliott, N. A., Sampanis, D. S., & Stefanidou, C. A. (2013). Motor development and motor resonance difficulties in autism: Relevance to early intervention for language and communication skills. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7(30), 1-20.

McCleery, J. P., Surtees, A., Graham, K. A., Richards, J. E., & Apperly, I. A. (2011). Neural and cognitive time-course of theory of mind. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(36), 12849-12854.

McCleery, J. P., Ceponiene, R., Burner, K. M., Townsend, J., Kinnear, M., & Schreibman, L. (2010). Neural correlates of verbal and nonverbal semantic integration in children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 51(3), 277-286.

McCleery, J. P., Akshoomoff, N., Dobkins, K. R., & Carver, L. J. (2009). Atypical face versus object processing and hemispheric asymmetries in 10-month-old infants at risk for autism. Biological Psychiatry, 66(10), 950-957.


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