My experience working as a Speech-Language Pathologist, and clinician scientist provided me with numerous opportunities to raise questions of clinical relevance, and investigate these questions with a critical mind. My current research interests include 1) examining parent-implemented interventions for pre-school children with autism, with the aim of identifying underlying treatment mechanisms and 2) developing a framework for SLPs to use to guide clinical thinking about the reciprocal relationship between stress, self-regulation and communication development.

Funded by

2019 Autism Scholars Doctorate Award

ART (Autism Research Training) 3 year Studentship

OMHF (Ontario Mental Health Foundation) 3 year Studentship


  • Autism Assessment & Intervention
  • Assessment of Pragmatic Communication
  • Pragmatic Communication Development
  • Parent Training Interventions
  • Self-Regulation


Binns, A. Applying a self-regulation and communication framework to autism intervention. Autism and Developmental Disorders Journal (Russia). 2019; 17(2): 34-45, Available from: doi: 10.17759/autdd.2019170203.

Binns, A. V., & Oram Cardy, J. Developmental social pragmatic interventions for preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review. Autism & Developmental Language Impairments. 2019 January 21; 4(1): 1-18. Available from:

Binns, A. V., Hutchinson, L. R., & Oram Cardy, J. The speech language pathologist’s role in supporting the development of self-regulation: A review and tutorial. Journal of Communication Disorders. 2018 December 21; 78, 1-17. Available from:

Cunningham, B. J., Washington, K. N., Binns, A., Rolfe, K., Robertson, B. & Rosenbaum, P. Current methods of evaluating speech-language outcomes for preschoolers with communication disorders: A scoping review. Journal of Speech-Language and Hearing Research. 2017 February 2; 60(2): 447-464. Available from: 10.1044/2016_JSLHR-L-15-0329.

Casenhiser, D, Binns, A.,  McGill, F., Morderer, O. M., Shanker, S. Measuring and supporting language function for children with autism: Evidence from a RCT of social-interaction-based therapy. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2015 March; 45(3): 846-857. Available from: doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2242-3.