Frank Symons

Summary

Affiliation: University of Minnesota
Country: USA

Publications

  1. pmc Parent-reported pain in Rett syndrome
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Clin J Pain 29:744-6. 2013
  2. ncbi request reprint The effects of methylphenidate on the classroom behavior of elementary school-age children with cerebral palsy: a preliminary observational analysis
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Drive SE, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Child Neurol 22:89-94. 2007
  3. pmc Evidence of altered epidermal nerve fiber morphology in adults with self-injurious behavior and neurodevelopmental disorders
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Pain 134:232-7. 2008
  4. ncbi request reprint A prospective clinical analysis of pain behavior and self-injurious behavior
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, 206 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Pain 117:473-7. 2005
  5. ncbi request reprint Self-injurious behavior and sequential analysis: context matters
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Am J Ment Retard 110:323-6; discussion 326-9. 2005
  6. doi request reprint Perspectives on pain and intellectual disability
    F J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, Education Sciences Building, 56 River Road, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    J Intellect Disabil Res 52:275-86. 2008
  7. ncbi request reprint Self-injurious behavior and the efficacy of naltrexone treatment: a quantitative synthesis
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    Ment Retard Dev Disabil Res Rev 10:193-200. 2004
  8. pmc Evidence of increased non-verbal behavioral signs of pain in adults with neurodevelopmental disorders and chronic self-injury
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, Education Sciences Building, 56 River Road, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Res Dev Disabil 30:521-8. 2009
  9. doi request reprint Degranulated mast cells in the skin of adults with self-injurious behavior and neurodevelopmental disorders
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, 56 River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Brain Behav Immun 23:365-70. 2009
  10. doi request reprint Parent-proxy ratings of pain before and after botulinum toxin type A treatment for children with spasticity and cerebral palsy
    Patrick F Rivard
    Gillette Children s Specialty Healthcare, Neurodevelopment Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Clin J Pain 25:413-7. 2009

Research Grants

  1. Biobehavioral Analysis of Self-Injury & Pain
    Frank Symons; Fiscal Year: 2007
  2. Self-injury: Pain and Stress Mechanisms
    Frank Symons; Fiscal Year: 2007
  3. Sensory Mechanisms and Self-Injury
    Frank J Symons; Fiscal Year: 2010

Detail Information

Publications31

  1. pmc Parent-reported pain in Rett syndrome
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Clin J Pain 29:744-6. 2013
    ..Consequently, patients with RTT may be at risk for living with pain but not having it recognized. The purpose of this preliminary study was to document parent reported estimates of pain frequency, pain communication, and pain source...
  2. ncbi request reprint The effects of methylphenidate on the classroom behavior of elementary school-age children with cerebral palsy: a preliminary observational analysis
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Drive SE, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Child Neurol 22:89-94. 2007
    ....
  3. pmc Evidence of altered epidermal nerve fiber morphology in adults with self-injurious behavior and neurodevelopmental disorders
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Pain 134:232-7. 2008
    ..Additional empirical work is needed to clarify the relation between sensory innervation of the skin and self-injury to improve assessment and treatment outcomes...
  4. ncbi request reprint A prospective clinical analysis of pain behavior and self-injurious behavior
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, 206 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Pain 117:473-7. 2005
    ..05) for pain ratings between time intervals with and without self-injury. It is suggested that additional empirical work is needed to clarify the relation between pain and self-injury to improve assessment and treatment outcomes...
  5. ncbi request reprint Self-injurious behavior and sequential analysis: context matters
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Am J Ment Retard 110:323-6; discussion 326-9. 2005
  6. doi request reprint Perspectives on pain and intellectual disability
    F J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, Education Sciences Building, 56 River Road, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    J Intellect Disabil Res 52:275-86. 2008
    ....
  7. ncbi request reprint Self-injurious behavior and the efficacy of naltrexone treatment: a quantitative synthesis
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    Ment Retard Dev Disabil Res Rev 10:193-200. 2004
    ..Results are discussed with respect to future efficacy work related to study outcomes and the pharmacological treatment of self-injury...
  8. pmc Evidence of increased non-verbal behavioral signs of pain in adults with neurodevelopmental disorders and chronic self-injury
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, Education Sciences Building, 56 River Road, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Res Dev Disabil 30:521-8. 2009
    ..These results are not consistent with models of SIB in which pain sensitivity is assumed to be attenuated because of opioid system activity and are suggestive of intact and possibly amplified pain expression...
  9. doi request reprint Degranulated mast cells in the skin of adults with self-injurious behavior and neurodevelopmental disorders
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, 56 River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Brain Behav Immun 23:365-70. 2009
    ..Thus, nociceptive mechanisms and peripheral afferent sensitization may play a part in mediating and maintaining chronic self-injury...
  10. doi request reprint Parent-proxy ratings of pain before and after botulinum toxin type A treatment for children with spasticity and cerebral palsy
    Patrick F Rivard
    Gillette Children s Specialty Healthcare, Neurodevelopment Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Clin J Pain 25:413-7. 2009
    ..To test the hypothesis that pain would be reduced after botulinum toxin type A (Btx/A) treatment for children with cerebral palsy (CP)...
  11. pmc Evaluating a sham-controlled sensory-testing protocol for nonverbal adults with neurodevelopmental disorders: self-injury and gender effects
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, 56 River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Pain 11:773-81. 2010
    ....
  12. doi request reprint Self-injurious behavior and fragile X syndrome: findings from the national fragile X survey
    Frank J Symons
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Am J Intellect Dev Disabil 115:473-81. 2010
    ..These results further clarify gender differences as well as comorbidity patterns between children with fragile X syndrome with and without SIB...
  13. pmc Self-injurious behavior in neurodevelopmental disorders: relevance of nociceptive and immune mechanisms
    Frank J Symons
    Center for Neurobehavioral Development, Department of Educational Psychology, 56 River Road Education Sciences Building, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Neurosci Biobehav Rev 35:1266-74. 2011
    ..e., hyperalgesia)...
  14. pmc Salivary biomarkers of HPA axis and autonomic activity in adults with intellectual disability with and without stereotyped and self-injurious behavior disorders
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, Center for Neurobehavioral Development, University of Minnesota, Education Science Building, 56 River Road, Minneapolis, MN, 55455, USA
    J Neurodev Disord 3:144-51. 2011
    ....
  15. ncbi request reprint Self-injurious behavior in young boys with fragile X syndrome
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    Am J Med Genet A 118:115-21. 2003
    ..Results are discussed in terms of future research designed to further elucidate the behavioral phenotype of fragile X syndrome...
  16. ncbi request reprint Altered diurnal pattern of salivary substance P in adults with developmental disabilities and chronic self-injury
    Frank J Symons
    University of Minnesota, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, Minneapolis 55455, USA
    Am J Ment Retard 108:13-8. 2003
    ..These results support a model of altered nociception and possible stress-induced analgesia among individuals with developmental disability and chronic SIB...
  17. ncbi request reprint Sequential analysis of the effects of naltrexone on the environmental mediation of self-injurious behavior
    F J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, Minneapolis 55455, USA
    Exp Clin Psychopharmacol 9:269-76. 2001
    ..Results are discussed in relation to behavioral mechanisms of action regulating medication effects for self-injury...
  18. ncbi request reprint Parent evaluation of spasticity treatment in cerebral palsy using botulinum toxin type A
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 87:1658-60. 2006
    ..To assess parent ratings of treatment acceptability associated with botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) injection for spasticity in children with cerebral palsy (CP)...
  19. ncbi request reprint Parental report of pain and associated limitations in ambulatory children with cerebral palsy
    Raymond C Tervo
    Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
    Arch Phys Med Rehabil 87:928-34. 2006
    ..To document parental reports about pain in children with cerebral palsy (CP)...
  20. pmc Calculating contingencies in natural environments: issues in the application of sequential analysis
    Jennifer J McComas
    Department of Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA
    J Appl Behav Anal 42:413-23. 2009
    ....
  21. ncbi request reprint The early development of stereotypy and self-injury: a review of research methods
    F J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, 238 Burton Hall 178 Pillsbury Drive, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
    J Intellect Disabil Res 49:144-58. 2005
    ..The origin and developmental course of stereotypic and self-injurious behaviour among individuals with developmental disabilities such as intellectual disability (ID) or pervasive development disorders such as autism is not well understood...
  22. ncbi request reprint Preliminary study of altered skin temperature at body sites associated with self-injurious behavior in adults who have developmental disabilities
    F J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 55455, USA
    Am J Ment Retard 106:336-43. 2001
    ..Further controlled studies are warranted to examine the value of assessing pain status and skin temperature in nonverbal patients with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities who present with tissue-damaging SIB...
  23. ncbi request reprint Matching analysis of socially appropriate and destructive behavior in developmental disabilities
    John Hoch
    Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, United States
    Res Dev Disabil 28:238-48. 2007
    ..Suggestions for future extensions of matching analysis to clinically significant behavior and the limitations of the MLA for evaluating functional relationships in natural environments are discussed...
  24. ncbi request reprint Relation between pain and self-injurious behavior in nonverbal children with severe cognitive impairments
    Lynn M Breau
    Pediatric Pain Research Laboratory, Division of Child Neurology, Pediatric Pain Management Service, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    J Pediatr 142:498-503. 2003
    ..To explore whether self-injurious behavior (SIB) alters pain expression in children with severe cognitive impairments and the relation between SIB and chronic pain...
  25. pmc Sequential and matching analyses of self-injurious behavior a case of overmatching in the natural environment
    Frank J Symons
    Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55455, USA
    J Appl Behav Anal 36:267-70. 2003
    ..Findings are discussed in terms of the applicability of quantitative descriptive analyses to characterize behavior-environment relations in natural contexts...
  26. ncbi request reprint Early and self-injurious behavior in young children born at-risk: a preliminary analysis
    Frank J Symons
    Dev Med Child Neurol 45:844-5. 2003
  27. ncbi request reprint Maternal judgments of intentionality in young children with autism: the effects of diagnostic information and stereotyped behavior
    Laurie A Sperry
    University of NC at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
    J Autism Dev Disord 33:281-7. 2003
    ..The results are discussed in relation to early development and identification issues in autism...
  28. ncbi request reprint Single-case experimental designs: applications in developmental-behavioral pediatrics
    Raymond C Tervo
    Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
    J Dev Behav Pediatr 24:438-48. 2003
    ..This report is intended to facilitate the understanding and use of single-case methodology so that clinicians are aware that flexible, true experiential designs exist to fill the gap in knowledge and also "do the best for my patient."..
  29. pmc Obtained versus programmed reinforcement practical considerations in the treatment of escape-reinforced aggression
    LeAnne Johnson
    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55455, USA
    J Appl Behav Anal 37:239-42. 2004
    ..Increasing the rate of prompts for mands resulted in an increase in mands and a decrease in aggression to near-zero levels...
  30. ncbi request reprint Clonidine for self-injurious behavior
    Frank J Symons
    J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 43:1324-5. 2004
  31. ncbi request reprint Comparing observational software with paper and pencil for time-sampled data: a field test of Interval Manager (INTMAN)
    Jon Tapp
    Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Peabody Box 74, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
    Behav Res Methods 38:165-9. 2006
    ..Overall, the computer-assisted program was a more efficient and accurate data collection system for time-sampled data than the traditional method...

Research Grants8

  1. Biobehavioral Analysis of Self-Injury & Pain
    Frank Symons; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..This study will provide the first opportunity to systematically investigate mechanisms specific to pain underlying chronic nonsocially-mediated SIB. ..
  2. Self-injury: Pain and Stress Mechanisms
    Frank Symons; Fiscal Year: 2007
    ..Institution and Environment Commitment: The Department of Educational Psychology and the University of Minnesota are committed to this award and provide rich resources for my career development. ..
  3. Sensory Mechanisms and Self-Injury
    Frank J Symons; Fiscal Year: 2010
    ..This study will provide the first opportunity to systematically investigate neuro-immune variables in relation to SIB among children with IDD. ..