Chengan Yuan

Farmer (ED) 418D
Assistant Professor
TEMPE Campus


Chengan Yuan is an assistant professor in special education and applied behavior analysis in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. His current research interests focus on improving treatment outcomes of early behavioral intervention for children with autism and related developmental disabilities through examining effective, efficient, and socially valid instructional strategies.

Yuan is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has extensive experience in international practice of behavior analysis. He has worked and conducted research with children to young adults with autism and developmental disabilities in New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, China, and the United States. He continues to collaborate and consult with international colleagues on research and clinical practice. In addition, Yuan taught behavior analysis courses at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He was also involved in developing and teaching the first online BCaBA course sequence for practitioners in China while he was studying at the University of Iowa.


  • 2018 PhD, Teaching and Learning (Special Education), University of Iowa
  • 2009 MAppPsy 1st class hons, Behaviour Analysis, University of Waikato, New Zealand,
  • 2006 BSocSci, Psychology, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Research Interests

Guiding Research Question:

  • How can we maximize skill acquisition of individuals with autism and developmental disabilities through the analysis of instructional components, learning environment, and practitioner training and supervision?

Current Research Projects:

  • Dr. Yuan is currently exploring various instructional components (e.g., error-correction procedures) used in behavioral service to improve clinical effectiveness for children with autism.
  • Dr. Yuan is also examining various group-based instructions for children with autism to improve clinical efficiency.
  • Dr. Yuan, with his collaborators, are conducting studies on teleconsultation to improve practitioner quality in areas that lack behavioral health and special education professionals. 



Yuan, C., Hua, Y., & Zhu, J. (Online First). The role of reinforcement in multiple response repetition error correction and treatment preference of Chinese children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Yuan, C., Balint-Langel, K., & Hua, Y. (Accepted). Effects of constant time delay on route planning using Google Maps for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Hua, Y., Woods-Groves, S., Yuan, C. (2019). Literacy interventions for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the inclusive postsecondary education settings: A review of a program of research. Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education1(1).

Hua, Y., Yuan, C., Monroe, K., Hinzman, M. L., AlQahtani, S., AlWahbi, A. A., & Kern, A. M. (2018). Effects of the Reread-Adapt and Answer-Comprehend and goal setting Intervention on decoding and reading comprehension skills of young adults with intellectual disabilities. Developmental Neurorehabilitation21(5), 279-289.

Hua, Y., Ford, J. W., Yuan, C., Monroe, K., & Therrien, W. J. (2016). Implementing the Reread-Adapt and Answer-Comprehend intervention and reinforcement contingency for learners with intellectual disability. Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools,15(1), 110-129.

Hua, Y., Ford, J. W., Yuan, C., Monroe, K., & Therrien, W. J. (2016). Reread-Adapt and Answer-Comprehend implementation and modification guidelines. Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools15(1), 130-132.


Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SPE 567Ethics Applied Behav Analysis