Dr. Klein-Tasman

Bonnie Klein-Tasman

Associate Professor

Office: Garland Hall 238D
Phone: (414) 229-3060
e-mail: bklein@uwm.edu
Lab Site: people.uwm.edu/bklein


Ph.D., Emory University, 2000

Research Interests:

In my research I seek to improve our understanding of the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral characteristics of children with neurodevelopment disorders using questionnaire, interview, experimental, and observational methods. My students and I are currently working on characterizing the early cognitive and behavioral phenotype of children with Neurofibromatosis-1. We are also examining emotional regulation, emerging executive functioning, social relationships, and socio-communicative skills in children with Williams syndrome and other developmental disorders. More information about the Child Neurodevelopment Research Lab can be found at my website.

Teaching Interests:

My teaching interests are in the area of developmental and neuropsychological assessment, child psychology, developmental psychopathology, autism spectrum disorders, and assessment and cognitive behavioral interventions for children with intellectual disabilities.

Courses Taught:

Psych 260: Child Psychology
Psych 414: Psychological Testing
Psych 660: Experimental Child Psychology
Psych 831: Assessment I
Psych 912: Developmental Psychopathology

Recent Publications:

Klein-Tasman, B. P., Li-Barber, K. T., & Magargee, E. T. (2011). Honing in on the social phenotype in Williams syndrome using multiple measures and multiple raters.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41 (3) 341-351.

Klein-Tasman, B. P., & Van der Fluit, F. (2011). Williams syndrome. In J. Kreutzer, J. DeLuca, & B. Caplan (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. New York, NY

Klein-Tasman, B. P., & Janke, K. M. (2010). Intellectual disabilities (pp. 221-238). In S. E. Hunter and J. Donders (Eds.), Principles and Practice of Lifespan Developmental Neuropsychology. Cambridge University Press.

Klein-Tasman, B. P., Phillips, K. D., Lord, C., Mervis, C. B., & Gallo, F. G. (2009). Overlap with the autism spectrum in young children with Williams syndrome. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 30, 289-299.

Phillips, K. D., & Klein-Tasman, B. P. (2009). Mental health concerns in Williams syndrome: Intervention considerations and illustrations from case examples. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2, 110-133.

Gallo, F. J., Klein-Tasman, B. P., Gaffrey, M., & Curran, P. E. (2008). Expecting the Worst: Observations of Reactivity to Sound in Young Children with Williams Syndrome. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 29, 567-581.

Klein-Tasman, B.P., Gallo, F.J., & Phillips, K.D., & Fine, K.M. (2008). It helps to know genetic basis: Williams syndrome as an example of cognitive disability. In J. Apps, R.F. Newby, & L. Roberts (Eds.), Telling Stories: Pediatric Neuropsychology Case Studies from the Exceptional to the Commonplace. New York: Springer Publishing Company

Klein-Tasman, B. P., Phillips, K. D., & Kelderman, J. (2007). Genetic syndromes associated with intellectual disability. In S. Hunter & J. Donders (Eds.), Pediatric Neuropsychology Interventions (pp. 193-223). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge.

Klein-Tasman, B. P., Mervis, C. B., Lord, C. E., & Phillips, K. D. (2007). Socio-communicative deficits in young children with Williams syndrome: Performance on the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule. Child Neuropsychology, 13, 444-467.

Klein-Tasman, B. P., Risi, S., & Lord, C. E. (2007). Role of language abilities and task demands in the diagnostic effectiveness of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37, 1224-1234.

Leyfer, O. T., Woodruff-Borden, J., Klein-Tasman, B. P., Fricke, J. S., & Mervis, C. B. (2006). Prevalence of psychiatric disorders in Williams syndrome. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 141, 615-622,

Mervis, C.B., & Klein-Tasman, B.P. (2004). Methodological issues in group-matching designs: α levels for control variable comparisons and measurement characteristics of control and target variables. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 34, 7-17.

Klein-Tasman, B. P., & Mervis, C.B. (2003).  Distinctive personality characteristics of children with Williams syndrome. Developmental Neuropsychology, 23, 271-292.