Patrick Leytham, PhD, BCBA, LBA, ACUE

Behavior Analytic Clinical Supervisor
Patrick Leytham
(702) 777-4822

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Dr. Leytham currently serves as the Behavior Analytic Clinical Supervisor in the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities at Touro University Nevada, where he manages 30+ clients and supervises 3 Registered Behavior Technicians in the implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis. He also conducts research with the clients and their families.

As an Associate Professor, Dr. Leytham manages the Masters of Education in Special Education programming, which includes Applied Behavior Analysis, Initial Licensure, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Adapted Physical Education coursework. His scholarly activities include: (a) research related to ASD, literacy, teacher preparation, and behavior analysis; (b) publishing in peer-reviewed journals; and (c) presenting at local, regional, state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Leytham also serves on University committees (e.g., Research, Assessment, Reporters, Faculty Senate Executive Committee), and community committees (e.g., Nevada Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorder, Workforce Development Subcommittee).

  • Ph.D. in Autism and Reading Strategies, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2013
  • M.Ed. in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2008
  • B.A. in Special Education Generalist Resource, cum laude, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2007
  • Association of College and University Educators (2019)
  • SIM Professional Developer (2015), University of Kansas
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Endorsement (2009), NOVA Southeastern University
  • Autism Endorsement (2008), UNLV
  • Nevada Department of Education Special Education Teaching License (#78913)
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (#1-19-36091)
  • Licensed Behavior Analyst (#253)

ATSV 601 - Characteristics and Developmental Progression of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
ATSV 602 - Curriculum Design and Assessment for Teaching Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
ATSV 603 - Communication, Speech, and Language Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
ATSV 604 - Assistive Technology for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
ATSV 605 - Behavioral Analysis and Intervention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
ATSV 606 - Diagnostic Measures for the Identification of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
CTAV 602A - Philosophical Underpinnings of Behavior Analysis
CTAV 602B - Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis
CTAV 602C - Designing, Measuring, and Interpreting Behavior
CTAV 602D - Professional and Ethical Compliance in Applied Behavior Analysis
CTAV 602E - Assessment of Problem Behavior
CTAV 602G - Implementing and Supervising Behavior Change Programs
EDUV 610 - Research Issues in Education
EDUV 693 - Essentials of Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Analysis
SPDV 603 - Intro to Special Education (Online, Asynchronous)
SPDV 633 - Parental Involvement in Programs for Exceptional Students

  • ABA Informing OT Intervention with Adolescent-Age Individuals with hfASD
  • COVID-19 Effects on Clients Receiving Behavior Analytic Programming
  • COVID-19 Effects on Families During the Pandemic
  • Publication Bias in Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • Interprofessional Education Experiential Learning Events: Building Blocks Party

University-Based Research Funding
- Leytham, P. A., Otty, R., & Josephson, B. P. (2017). Social & Vocational Education (SAVE): Bridging the gap between OT, ABA, and SpEd. $13,000 awarded from the Touro University Nevada Research Grant committee to conduct research on: (a) identifying barriers to transition planning of OT students; and (b) extending the literature regarding ABA-infused OT programming for adolescents with ASD.
- Leytham, P. A. (2015). Improving educational outcomes for detained youth. Funded by the Weber State University Moyes College of Education Endowment, the Teacher Education Department, the Hall Endowment, and the Research, Scholarship and Professional Growth Committee for $4,742.20. The funds were used to pay for SIM workshop training and to provide the Weber Valley Detention Center with capital to purchase tangible goods for use during the summer.
- Mayhew, J., & Leytham, P. A. (2014). Project PRIME. A Utah State Office of Education Personnel Preparation grant was awarded in the amount of $59,298 per fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2016. This grant provided funding to teach and license Masters-level students in the field of Special Education.
- Leytham, P. A. (2012). Doug Sperber Research Grant. Awarded to help with the cost of completing my dissertation for the amount of $350. The funds purchased video recording equipment.

PK-12 Classroom-Based Funding
- Leytham, P. A., Williams, N., Mayhew, J., & Alexander, M. (2013). Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Funded by the Moyes Endowment for $124.50. The funds purchased three PECS communication boards and Velcro. These items were used to help pre-service teachers understand how some students with communication disorders communicate.
- Leytham, P. A. (2011). Help Me Communicate! Funded by the Lincy Foundation via for $950. The funds purchased an iPad and the software program Proloquo2go that allowed students with autism to engage in conversations with typical peers.
- Leytham, P. A. (2010). Too Much Noise. Funded by the Lincy Foundation, Kim, and Leslie via for $326. The funds purchased mp3 players that allowed students with autism to look more like their typical middle school age counterparts, learn what popular music the other kids listen to, as well as increase social opportunities among those with and without disabilities.
- Leytham, P. A. (2010). Walking with Dinosaur’s Grant Application. Funded by Dr. Geihs, in cooperation with the Walking with Dinosaur’s production for $820. The funds purchased the busses and tickets for 65 students to attend the event at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
- Leytham, P. A. (2009). I’m a 9 Year-Old that Needs to do 9 Year-Old Things. Funded by the Lincy Foundation and Kathy, Emerson, and Kate via for $536. The funds purchased Didj game systems and several games, and were used as part of reinforcement systems for students with autism.
- Leytham, P. A. (2009). Color Me Bad. Funded by the Lincy Foundation and Mrs. Penner via for $205 dollars. The funds purchased color ink cartridges. The purpose of the project was to provide color pictures of real objects to help students with autism increase their likelihood of generalizing images learned in the classroom to other environments.
- Leytham, P. A. (2008). Get Excited About Education. Funded by Citi Nevada in partnership with Commissioner Lawrence Weekly for a $500 one time disbursement. The funds supported the purchase of materials for the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) protocol to provide a way for individuals with autism to get excited about learning by providing a mode of communication.

Peer Reviewed Publications
- Leytham, P. A., Fecht, A., & Syeda-Quadri, M. (under review). Building blocks party: IPE Experiential learning event. Submitted to Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice.
- Leytham, P. A., & Otty, R. (under review). Knowledge and perceived barriers of OT students in the transition planning process: A pilot study. Submitted to Journal of Occupational Therapy Education.
- Leytham, P. A., Nguyen, N. N., & Rago, D. (under review). Curriculum programming in the general education setting for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Submitted to TEACHING Exceptional Children.
- Dawson, S., & Leytham, P. A. (2020). Don’t forget the field trip! The professional impact on K-12 teacher preparation and retention. International Journal of Instruction, 13(4).
- Leytham, P. A., Dawson, S., & Rasmussen, C. L. (2018). Changing perceptions of pre-service educators through service-learning. Journal of International Society of Teacher Education, 22(2), 23-35.
- Nguyen, N. N., Garnett, W., Leytham, P. A., & Gelfer, J. (2018). Using mini lessons to improve reading comprehension of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Reading Professor Journal, 41(1), 36-47.
- Zagrodnik, J., Williams, N. A., & Leytham, P. A. (2017). The effects of a community-based service-learning program on the understanding, confidence, willingness, and skills of preservice teachers to teach individuals with disabilities. International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, 5(1), 161-180.
- Leytham, P. A., Pierce, T., Baker, J., Miller, S., & Tandy, D. (2015). Evaluation of the nonverbal reading approach for two 12 to 13-year-old students with ASD. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 9, 68-76.
- Nguyen, N. N., Leytham, P. A., Whitby, P. S., & Gelfer, J. I., (2015). Reading comprehension and autism in the primary general education classroom. The Reading Teacher, 69(1), 71-76.
- Nguyen, N. N., Lyons, C., Gelfer, J., Leytham, P., Nelson, L., Krasch, D., & O’Hara, K. (2015). Modelling and bibliotherapy as tools to enhance pro-social interactions during English language arts lessons with first graders. Early Child Development and Care, 186, 688-702.

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications
- Nguyen, N., & Leytham, P. A. (2014, April 29). Teaching reading comprehension to young children with autism. Standard Examiner.
- Leytham, P. A. (2009). Celebrating inclusive schools week: Overview of inclusive schools week. Lion’s PRIDE, 4(3), p. 1.

  • Hemingway Collaborative Award (April, 2015). Dr. Molly Catharine Sween from the Department of Criminal Justice and I from the Teacher Education Department at Weber State University received this award for our collaboration on the Weber Valley Detention Project. Funds were utilized to receive training on two strategies (Community Building: Focusing Together; Self-Advocacy Strategy) from the University of Kansas Center for Research and Learning.
  • Hemingway Faculty Excellence Award (April, 2015). Dr. James A. Zagrodnik from the Department of Health Promotion & Human Performance, Dr. Natalie Williams and I from the Department of Teacher Education at Weber State University received this award for our work on the CAPES! project. Funds were used to purchase equipment and materials for the library where parents would be able to check out disability-specific manipulatives to use in natural environments.
  • 1st Quarter Golden Apple (2012). This award is to recognize the efforts of a teacher at Kenny Guinn Middle School. Prior winners of this award nominated me to receive this award.
  • Recognize a Valued Employee (2009). This award is to recognize outstanding efforts of employees in the Clark County School District. The parent of a former student submitted a RAVE to the district.
  • Associate for Behavior Analysis International (2019 to Present)
  • Association for Educational Communications & Technology (2016 to 2018)
  • California Applied Behavior Analysis Association (2017 to 2018)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (2007 to Present)
  • Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis (2018 to Present)
  • National Association of Special Education Teachers (2007 to 2009)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2008 to 2009)
  • Behavior Analytic Clinical Supervisor, Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (Aug 2019 to Present)
  • Associate Professor, School of Education, Touro University Nevada (Jan 2016 to Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Weber State University (Jul 2013 to Dec 2015)