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Audrey Blakeley-Smith, PhD

Associate Professor

Contact Info:
Education II South, Rm. 5216
Phone: 303-724-7630
Clinical/Research Interests:

Dr. Blakeley-Smith is interested in autism spectrum disorders in children and adolescents.​

Secondary appointment: Pediatrics

Alleghency College  BA  1996

State University of New York, Stony Brook  MA (2002) & PhD (2005

Member, Association for University Centers of Excellence, 2008-present 

Member, International Meeting for Autism Research, 2006-present

Member, Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy, 2003-present

Member, Association for Positive Behavior Interventions, 2003-present 

Guest Reviewer, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology2009

Guest Reviewer, Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 2001

Guest Reviewer, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis1998

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:

1. Hanley, G., Piazza, C., Keeney, K., Blakeley-Smith, A., & Wordsell, A.  (1998).  Effects of wrist weights on self injurious and adaptive behaviors.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 31, 307-310.

2.  Piazza, C., Hanley, G., Blakeley-Smith, A., & Kinsman, A. (2000). Effects of search skills training on the pica of a blind boy. Journal of Developmental & Physical Disabilities, 12, 35-41.

3.  Piazza, C., Fisher, W., Brown, K., Shore, B., Patel, M., Katz, R., Sevin, B., Gulotta, C. & Blakeley-Smith, A.  (2003). Functional analysis of inappropriate mealtime behaviors.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 36, 187-204.

4. Carr, E. G., & Blakeley-Smith, A. (2006). Classroom intervention for illness-related problem behavior in children with developmental disabilities. Behavior Modification, 30, 1-22.

5. Owen-DeSchryver, J., Carr, E.G., Cale, S., & Blakeley-Smith, A.  (2008).  Promoting social interactions between students with autism spectrum disorders and their peers in inclusive school settings. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 23, 15-28.

6. Reaven, J., Blakeley-Smith, A., Nichols, S., Flanigan, E., & Hepburn, S. (2009).  Cognitive-behavioral group treatment for anxiety symptoms in children with high-functioning autism spectrum disordersFocus on Autism and Other Developmental Disorders, 23, 15-28.

7.  Cale, S., Carr, E., Blakeley-Smith, A., & Owen-DeSchryver  (2009). Context-based assessment and intervention for problem behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders. Behavior Modification, 33, 707-742.

8.  Blakeley-Smith, A., Carr, E., Cale, S. & Owen-DeSchryver, J. (2009).  Environmental Fit: A model for assessing and treating curricular difficulties in children with autism spectrum disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 24, 131-145.

9.  Reaven, J., Blakeley-Smith, A., Zapapas, L., & Ridge, K. (2009). Cognitive-behavioral group treatment for adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders and anxiety: A pilot study.  The Journal of Psychological Practice, 15, 217-243.

10.  Nichols, S. & Blakeley-Smith, A. (2010).  “I’m not sure we’re ready for this…”: Working with families towards facilitating healthy sexuality for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Social Work in Mental Health, 8, 72-91.​

Grants and Contracts:

Organization for Autism Research - Audrey Blakeley-Smith (PI) and Susan Hepburn (PI), 9/1/10-8/31/11, $30,000

Peer-mediated Intervention for Elementary School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

 Role:  PI


NIH 1R21MH089291-01 - Judy Reaven (PI), 10/09-10/14, $424,472

A Comparison Of Three Methods Of Learning: Delivering Cognitive Behavior Therapy To Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders 

Role: Co-PI


Health Resources and Services Administration 1 R40MC15593-01-00, Susan Hepburn (PI), 9/01/09-8/31/11, $793,000

Tele-health Delivery of a Family-Focused Intervention to Reduce Anxiety in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Rural Colorado.   

Role:  Clinician.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1 U10 DD000180-0, Lisa Miller (PI) and Corry Robinson, 9/30/06 – 9/29/11, 3,095,500

Alliance for Research in Child Health and Epidemiology State Autism Monitoring Project; Colorado Centers for Excellence in Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities

Role:  Clinician


Autism Speaks 2958, Judy Reaven (PI) and Susan Hepburn (PI), 7/1/08 – 6/30/10, $162,000

Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders and Anxiety- a Pilot Study

Role:  Clinician


Aurora Public Schools - Clinical Contract for Audrey Blakeley-Smith, 2005-present, $4,640/12,760

School Consultation:  Supporting Students with Autism and Significant Cognitive Impairments.   


Completed Grants

Organization for Autism Research #PN200708-008, Audrey Blakeley-Smith (PI) and Susan Hepburn (PI), 1/1/08 – 6/30/09, $30,000

Peer-mediated Intervention for Elementary School Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Role: PI


Cure Autism Now PN200511-081, Judy Reaven (PI) and Susan Hepburn (PI), 4/28/06 – 4/28/09, $180,000

Cognitive-behavioral group treatment of social anxiety in children with high-functioning autism:  A randomized trial. 

Role:  Clinician


Association of University Centers on Disability #RTOI2005-1/2-416, Cordelia Robinson & Susan Hepburn (PIs), 10/01/05-9/31/07, $599,460 

Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Individuals with Down Syndrome. 

Role:  Clinician.


Sheridan School District Clinical Contract, Audrey Blakeley-Smith, 2006-2007, $2,035

School Consultation:  Training and professional development for teachers working with students with autism spectrum disorders.   


Cherry Creek School District Clinical Contract, Audrey Blakeley-Smith 2006-2007, $1,620

School Consultation:  Training and professional development for teachers working with students with autism spectrum disorders