About Kirstin Birtwell, PhD

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Mass General Lurie Center for Autism
1 Maguire Rd.
Lexington, MA 02421
Phone: 781-860-1700

Medical Education

  • PhD, Suffolk University
  • MA, Suffolk University
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

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Dr. Kirstin Birtwell is the Principal Investigator of an ongoing pilot study entitled, "Using affinities technology to enhance social communication and emotion regulation skills in individuals with autism spectrum disorder."  Her study hopes to explore the ways in which a new autism technology can be used within the context of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for autism spectrum disorder. 



  • Selected Publications:

    • Birtwell, K.B. & Nowinski, L. (2018). Access to treatment for individuals with developmental disabilities. In E. Braaten & B. Willoughby (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders. Los Angeles: Sage Publishing.
    • Parent, V., Birtwell, K.B., Dubard, M., Lambright, N. (2016). Combining CBT and behavior analytic approaches to target severe emotion dysregulation in verbal youth with ASD/ID. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 9(1), 60-82.
    • Birtwell, K.B., Willoughby, B. & Nowinski, L. (2016). Social, cognitive, and behavioral development of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. In C. J. McDougle (Ed.), Primer on Autism Spectrum Disorder. New York: Oxford University Press.
    • Cavalari, R., DuBard, M., Luiselli, J., Birtwell, K. B. (2013). Teaching an adolescent with autism to tolerate routine medical examination: Effects of compliance training through graduated exposure and positive reinforcement. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 1(2), 121-128.
    • Coyne, L. W. & Birtwell, K. & McHugh, L. (2013). Acceptance and commitment therapy: transdiagnostic processes in child and adolescent psychopathology. In J. T. Ehrenreich & B. Chu (Eds). Transdiagnostic treatment approaches to youth psychopathology. New York: Guilford Press.
    • Birtwell, K. & Sandberg, E. (2012). The PLAY Project Home Consultation (PPHC) program. In E. H. Sandberg & B. L. Spritz (Eds.). A Brief Guide to Autism Treatments. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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