Maeve Donnelly, Northeastern University

Maeve Donnelly


Assistant Clinical Professor; Director of Supervision for Applied Behavior Analysis Programs

Applied Psychology


Dr. Maeve Donnelly is a core faculty member and the Director of Supervision in the Applied Behavior Analysis programs at Northeastern University. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral and a licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (MA). She also holds professional licensure as a Special Education Administrator (MA- all levels). Dr. Donnelly maintains the qualifications to serve as a BACB® Supervisor.

She has 20 years of clinical and applied research experience with children and young adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities, including assessment and treatment of severe problem behavior. Dr. Donnelly has supervised and worked within multidisciplinary teams to provide comprehensive services for her students and clients across public and private educational settings as well as in homes and local communities.

Dr. Donnelly is a past recipient of the Student Research Award from the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT) and the B.F. Skinner Foundation. She was nominated for the 2023 Bouvé College of Health Sciences Distinguished Educator Award. Her research interests include practitioner-related topics such as evaluating behavioral technology for teaching self-care skills; assessing variables that affect application of evidence-based technology in practice; and training of parents, staff, and graduate students to implement assessment, intervention, and educational protocols.

Dr. Donnelly received a 2023 Public Awareness Grant from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, and she is a co-investigator for Project INTEGRATE, a collaborative project between the NU School Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis programs that is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. She has served as a guest reviewer forthe Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB), and Routledge, and she has provided volunteer service for the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), BABAT: Massachusetts Professionals in Behavior Analysis, and the Massachusetts Association for Applied Behavior Analysis (MassABA). Currently, Dr. Donnelly serves on the BABAT Board of Directors.

Selected Publications

Donnelly, M. G., & Karsten, A. (2024). Resolving barriers to continence for children with disabilities: Steps toward evidence-based practice. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 17, 157-175.

Donnelly, M. G., & Karsten, A. M. (2017). Effects of programmed teaching errors on acquisition and durability of self-care skills. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50, 511-528.

Karsten, A. M., Andrade, M., Cividini-Motta, C., Conde, K. A., Donnelly, M. G., McConnell, K., Moore, K., Peters, L., Roberts, K., Stocco, C., Sveinbjornsdottir, B., & Vanselow, N. (2012). A review of “Behavioral Foundations of Effective Autism Treatment.” Behavior Analysis in Practice, 5, 47-51.

Meany, M.G., Roscoe, E.M., Bourret, J.C., & Ahearn, W.H. (2007). A comparison of momentary time sampling and partial interval recording for evaluating functional relations. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 40, 501-514.