Amy Matthews

Amy Matthews

Professor - Clinical Psychology/Autism

Director, ABA Graduate Certificate Program

Project Director, Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START)

  • B.A., University of California at Santa Barbara
  • M.A., Ph.D., Binghamton University

Outstanding Community Service Award 2012

Office: 2212 Au Sable Hall

Phone: (616) 331-3513

Email: [email protected]



State of Michigan Leadership Recognition by MDHHS, 2019 

Michigan Council for Exceptional Children Honor Recipient, START Project Team, 2016

Outstanding Community Service Award, 2012



Child Clinical Psychology
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Applied Behavior Analysis

Courses Taught

Psy 523: Applied Behavior Analysis II

Psy 525: Behavior Analysis Applied to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disorders

PSY 540: Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder

PSY 658: Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis

Professional Positions

Project Director for the Statewide Autism Resources and Training Project. (START) 

Michigan Autism Council, Chair (website)


Matthews, A. (2001-present). Statewide Autism Resources and Training Project (START). Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education: IDEA Mandated Funds. Project Director.


Pulido, S. T., Matthews, A., Owen-DeSchryver, J., Harr-Smith, L., & Carter, E. W. (accepted 2023). Peer-Mediated Programs Amidst a Pandemic: Perspectives on Implementation, Impact, and Future Considerations. Inclusion.

Matthews A., Ziegler M., Mayberry M., Owen-DeSchryver J., & Carter E. W. (2022). Scaling Up aPeer-Mediated Program Statewide: Lessons Learned Through Peer to Peer. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 60(4), 334-344.

Owen-DeSchryver, J., Matthews, A. L., Ziegler, M., Mayberry, M., & Carter, E. (2022). The reciprocity of peer-mediated interventions: Examining outcomes for peers. School Psychology Review.  DOI: 10.1080/2372966X.2022.2039959

Ziegler, M., Matthews, A., Mayberry, M., Owen-De Schryver, J., & Carter, E. (2020). From barriers to belonging: Promoting inclusion and relationships through peer to peer programs. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 52(6), 426-434.

Matthews, A. (Chairperson), Clancy, K., Kowal, E., Rulison, S., Grost, L., & Heinzelman, D. (November 2018). Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorders State Plan 2018 Progress Review and Recommendations. State plan report submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Governor’s Office.

Bower Russa, M., Matthews, A., & Owen-DeSchryver, J. (2015). Expanding supports to improve the lives of families of children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 12(2), 95-104.

Matthews, A., Owen-DeSchryver, J., Dyer, S., Irish, L., LeRoy, B., Lindsay, D., Miller, P., Sharp, M., & Rulison, S. (June 2012). Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorders State Plan. State report submitted to the Human Service Directors and the Governor’s Autism Council.

Matthews, A., & Ziegler, M. (June 2012). Peer to peer support programs change lives for students with autism spectrum disorders and their peers. Focus on Results, 1-8.

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