Sarah R. Rieth, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, San Diego State University, Department of Child and Family Development

Contact Information

San Diego State University
Department of Child and Family Development
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4502
T: (858) 966-7703 x3588
F: (858) 966-7704
srieth@mail.sdsu.edu

Biography

Sarah R. Rieth, PhD, BCBA-D is an Assistant Professor of Child and Family Development at San Diego State University and an investigator at the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center. She received her PhD from the Psychology department at UCSD in 2012. Broadly, her research focuses on intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families and the delivery of high-quality intervention in community settings. Dr. Rieth’s is a licensed clinical psychologist and specializes in training others and delivering intervention for children with ASD, ages 12 months to 10 years. Her current work involves training community providers to deliver direct service and parent-mediated interventions, examining student outcomes from a randomized trial of school-based ASD intervention, and supporting joint attention development for infant siblings of children diagnosed with ASD.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Rieth’s research focuses on intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families and the delivery of high-quality intervention in community settings. Her current work involves training community providers to deliver direct service and parent-mediated interventions, examining student outcomes from a randomized trial of school-based ASD intervention, and supporting joint attention development for infant siblings of children diagnosed with ASD. Dr. Rieth is currently seeking to expand her research into optimal methods to support underserved populations as well as distance training and service delivery tools. 

Clinical Focus

Dr. Rieth is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst specializing in supporting children with autism spectrum disorder and their families. She teaches graduate courses at San Diego State University in the Early-Childhood Transdisciplinary Education and Mental Health program as well as the Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling program. She has over 10 years experience working with infants, toddlers, and young children with ASD, particularly delivering parent-mediated and school-based interventions.

Publications

  • Stahmer, A. C., Brookman-Frazee, L. I., Rieth, S.R., Stoner, J. T., Feder, J. D., Searcy, K., & Wang, T.* (2016). Parent perceptions of an adapted evidence-based practice for toddlers with autism in a community setting. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice. doi:10.1177/1362361316637580^
  • Stahmer, A.C., Suhrheinrich, J., & Rieth, S.R. (2016). A pilot examination of the adapted protocol for classroom pivotal response teaching. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals. Winter, 119-139.
  • Rieth, S.R., Stahmer, A.C., Suhrheinrich, J., & Schreibman, L. (2015). Examination of the prevalence of overselectivity in children with ASD. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48, 71-84. 
  • Rieth, S.R., Stahmer, A.C., Surheinrich, J., Schreibman, L., Kennedy, J., & Ross, B. (2014). Identifying critical elements of treatment: Examining the use of turn taking in autism intervention. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 29, 168-179.
  • Reed (Rieth), S.R., Stahmer, A. C., Suhrheinrich, J., & Schreibman, L. (2013). Stimulus overselectivity in typical development: Implications for teaching children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43, 1249-1257. 

Current Projects

8136, Autism Speaks
Stahmer, A.C. (PI) 2013-2017
"Training Community Providers to Implement an Evidence-Based Early Intervention Program "
This project utilizes a train-the-trainer model to provide instruction in an evidence-based practice for toddlers with ASD to early intervention providers in local agencies. The goal of the project is to build local community capacity to deliver evidence-based treatment to young children with ASD and their families.

R324A130145, Institute of Education Sciences
Stahmer, A.C. (PI) 2012-2017
"Examining the Efficacy of Classroom Pivotal Response Teaching in Classroom Environments"
This project is a randomized, waitlist controlled trial of Classroom Pivotal Response Teaching (CPRT) in local San Diego school districts. Participants include over 100 teachers, 100 paraprofessional staff, and 300 students with ASD.

R324A130145, Institute of Education Sciences
Stahmer, A.C. (PI) 2013-2017
"Adapting an Evidence-Based Program for Infants and Toddlers at High Risk for Autism"
This project involves gathering input from key community stakeholders to inform the adaptation and pilot testing of an evidence-based parent mediated intervention specifically for toddlers with autism.