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Stephen P. Kilgus, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Office: Rawl 218
Phone: 252-328-1371
Fax: 252-328-6283

Mailing Address:

104 Rawl Building
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353


Ph.D., Sixth-Year Certificate, School Psychology, University of Connecticut (2011)
MA, School Psychology, University of Connecticut (2007)
BA, Psychology, University of Connecticut (2006)

Research Interests:

Dr. Kilgus' primary research interests include the development and evaluation of social behavior assessment tools and procedures, targeted behavior interventions and supports, the use of technological systems to inform data-based decision making and promote student success, and modern test theory.

Selected publications in peer refereed journals:

Methe, S. A., Kilgus, S. P., & Nieman, C., Riley-Tillman, T. C. (2012). Meta-analysis of addition and subtraction interventions in single case research: Does experimental control influence outcomes? Journal of Behavioral Education. doi:10.1007/s10864-012-9161-1


Briesch, A. M., Kilgus, S. P., Chafouleas, S. M., Riley-Tillman, T. C., & Christ, T. J., (2012). The influence of alternative scale formats on the generalizability of data obtained from Direct Behavior Rating Single Item Scales (DBR-SIS). Assessment for Effective Intervention. doi:10.1177/1534508412441966


Chafouleas, S. M., Sanetti, L. M. H., Kilgus, S. P., & Maggin, D. M. (2012). Evaluating sensitivity to behavioral change across consultation cases using Direct Behavior Rating Single-Item Scales (DBR-SIS). Exceptional Children, 78, 491-505.


Kilgus, S. P., Chafouleas, S. M., Riley-Tillman, T. C., & Welsh, M. E. (2012). Diagnostic accuracy of Direct Behavior Rating Single Item Scales as a screener of elementary school students. School Psychology Quarterly, 27, 41-50. doi: 10.1037/a0027150


Chafouleas, S. M., Kilgus, S. P., Riley-Tillman, T. C., Jaffery, R. J., & Harrison, S. (2012). Preliminary evaluation of various training components on accuracy of Direct Behavior Ratings. Journal of School Psychology, 50, 317-334. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2011.11.007


Chafouleas, S. M., Kilgus, S. P., & Wallach, N. (2010). Ethical dilemmas in school-based behavioral screening. Assessment for Effective Intervention, 35, 245-252. doi:10.1177/1534508410379002


Chafouleas, S. M., Briesch, A. M., Riley-Tillman, T. C., Christ, T. J., Black, A. C., & Kilgus, S. P. (2010). An investigation of the generalizability and dependability of direct behavior rating single item scales (DBR-SIS) to measure academic engagement and disruptive behavior of middle school students. Journal of School Psychology, 48, 219-246. doi:10.1016/j.jsp.2010.02.001 

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