Erika Coles

Erika Coles

Clinical Director, Center for Children and Families

Director, Professional Counseling Psychology

Director, Summer Treatment Program

Contact Info

Office: AHC 1 Room 139
Phone: (305) 348-4087


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
  • M.A., Psychology, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY
  • B.A., Psychology, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY

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Research Interests

Dr. Coles's research interests include increasing the effectiveness of behavioral interventions for the treatment of ADHD, particularly in the school setting. Specifically, Dr. Coles is developing and examining the feasibility of a multi-component consultation intervention to enhance teacher integrity and student outcomes in the context of a DRC intervention for students with ADHD. The multi-component consultation intervention addresses teacher knowledge, attitudes, and skills, as each of these factors can serve as a barrier to high integrity and each has been identified as relevant to the development of adult competencies.

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Coles, E.K., Owens, J.S., Serrano, V., Slavec, J., Evans, S. (in press). From consultation to student outcomes: The role of teacher knowledge, skills, and beliefs in increasing integrity in classroom management strategies. School Mental Health.

Helseth, S. A., Waschbusch, D. A., Gnagy, E. M., Onyango, A. N., Burrows-MacLean, L., Fabiano, G. A., Coles, E. K., Chacko, A., Wymbs, B. T., Walker, K. S., Wymbs, F. A., Garefino, A., Massetti, G. M., Mazzant, J. R., Hoffman, M. T., Waxmonsky, J. G., Nichols-Lopez, K., & Pelham Jr., W. E. (in press). Effects of behavioral and pharmacological therapies on peer reinforcement of deviancy in children with ADHD-only, ADHD and conduct problems, and controls. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Miller, N. V., Haas, S. M., Waschbusch, D. A., Willoughby, M. T., Helseth, S. A., Crum, K. I., Coles, E. K., & Pelham, W. E. (2014). Behavior therapy and callous-unemotional traits: Effects of a pilot study examining modified behavioral contingencies on child behavior. Behavior Therapy, 45(5), 606-618. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2013.10.006

Pelham, W.E., Burrows-MacLean, L., Gnagy, E.M., Fabiano, G.A., Coles, E.K., Wymbs, B., Chacko, A., Walker, K., Wymbs, F., Garefino, A., Hoffman, M., Waxmonsky, J., & Waschbusch, D. (2014). A dose-ranging study of behavioral and pharmacological treatment in social-recreational settings for children with ADHD. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. DOI 10.1007/s10802-013-9843-8

Coles, E. K., Pelham, W. E., Gnagy, E. M. (in press). Assessing parental attributions for success and failure in managing deviant child behavior. Journal of Attention Disorders.

Fabiano G. A., Pelham, W. E., Gnagy, E. M., Burrow-MacLean, L., Coles, E. K., et al. (2007). The single and combined effects of multiple intensities of behavior modification and methylphenidate for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in a classroom setting. School Psychology Review, 36, 195-216.

Coles, E. K., Pelham, W. E., Gnagy, E. M., Burrows-MacLean, L., Fabiano, G. A., et al., (2005). A controlled evaluation of behavioral treatment with children with ADHD attending a summer treatment program. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 13, 99-112.

Pelham, W. E., Burrows-MacLean, L., Gnagy, E. M., Fabiano, G. A., Coles, E. K., et al. (2005).Transdermal methylphenidate, behavioral, and combined treatment for children with ADHD. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 13, 111-126.

Chronis, A. M., Fabiano, G. A., Gnagy, E. M., Onyango, A. N., Pelham, W. E., Williams, A, Wymbs, B. T., Coles, E. K., & Seymour, K .E. (2004). An evaluation of the summer treatment program for children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder using a treatment withdrawal design. Behavior Therapy, 35, 561-585.