Bonita Klein-Tasman

Professor, Graduate School Associate Dean

Dr. Klein-Tasman will recruit a new graduate student for Fall 2023 admissions for Clinical PhD and Health Masters programs.

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Ph.D., Emory University, 2000

Research Interests:

In my research I seek to improve our understanding of the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral characteristics of children with neurodevelopment disorders using questionnaire, interview, experimental, and observational methods. My students and I are currently working on characterizing the early cognitive and behavioral phenotype of children with Neurofibromatosis-1. We are also examining emotional regulation, emerging executive functioning, social relationships, and socio-communicative skills in children with Williams syndrome and other developmental disorders. More information about the Child Neurodevelopment Research Lab can be found at my website.

Teaching Interests:

My teaching interests are in the area of developmental and neuropsychological assessment, child psychology, developmental psychopathology, autism spectrum disorders, and assessment and cognitive behavioral interventions for children with intellectual disabilities.

Courses Taught:

Psych 260: Child Psychology
Psych 414: Psychological Testing
Psych 660: Experimental Child Psychology
Psych 831: Assessment I
Psych 912: Developmental Psychopathology

Selected Publications

Klein-Tasman, B. P., & Mervis, C. B. (2018, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Autism Spectrum Symptomatology Among Children with Duplication 7q11.23 Syndrome. Journal of autism and developmental disorders.
Morris, C. A., Mervis, C. B., Paciorkowski, A. P., Abdul-Rahman, O., Dugan, S. L., Rope, A. F., Bader, P., Hendon, L. G., Velleman, S. L., Klein-Tasman, B. P., & Osborne, L. R. (2015, December). 7q11.23 Duplication syndrome: Physical characteristics and natural history. American journal of medical genetics. Part A, 167(12), 2916-35.
Klein-Tasman, B. P., Lira, E., Li-Barber, K., Gallo, F. J., & Brei, N. G. (2015, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Parent and teacher perspectives on problem behavior in children with Williams syndrome. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 120(1), 72-86.
Mervis, C. B., Klein-Tasman, B. P., Huffman, M. J., Velleman, S. L., Pitts, C. H., Henderson, D. R., Woodruff-Borden, J., Morris, C. A., & Osborne, L. R. (2015, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Children with 7q11.23 duplication syndrome: psychological characteristics. American journal of medical genetics. Part A, 167(7), 1436-50.
Klein-Tasman, B. P., Janke, K. M., Luo, W., Casnar, C. L., Hunter, S. J., Tonsgard, J., Trapane, P., van der Fluit, F., & Kais, L. A. (2014). Cognitive and psychosocial phenotype of young children with neurofibromatosis-1. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 20, 88-98.
Janke, K. M., Klein-Tasman, B. P., Holman, K. S., Garwood, M., Davies, W., & Trapane, P. (2014). Contributions of executive functioning to academic performance in adolescents with neurofibromatosis-1. 26, 431-450.
Casnar, C. L., Janke, K. M., van der Fluit, F., Brei, N. G., & Klein-Tasman, B. P. (2014). Relations between fine motor skill and parental reports of attention in young children with neurofibromatosis-1. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.
Klein-Tasman, B. P., Colon, A. M., Brei, N. G., van der Fluit, F., Casnar, C. L., Janke, K. M., Basel, D., Siegel, D., & Walker, J. A. (2013). Adaptive behavior in young children with neurofibromatosis – 1. International Journal of Pediatrics, 7 pages.
Janke, K., & Klein-Tasman, B. P. (2012). Executive functions in intellectual disability syndromes. Hunter, S. J., & Sparrow, E. P. (Eds.). Executive Function and Dysfunction: Identification, Assessment and Treatment., 109-122.
van der Fluit, F., Gaffrey, M., & (2012). Social cognition in Williams syndrome: Relations between performance on the Social Attribution Task and cognitive and behavioral characteristics. Klein-Tasman, B. P. (Ed.). Frontiers in Developmental Psychology, 3, 197.
Klein-Tasman, B. P., Li-Barber, K., & Erin, M. (2011). Honing in on the social phenotype in Williams syndrome using multiple measures and multiple raters. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41(3), 341-351.
Klein-Tasman, B. P., Phillips, K. D., Lord, C., Mervis, C. B., & Gallo, F. J. (2009, August). Overlap with the autism spectrum in young children with Williams syndrome. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 30, 289-299.