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CBT Radio

Sep 4, 2011

This episode is primarily relevant to professionals.

In this episode R. Trent Codd, III, Ed.S., interviews Ennio Cipani, PhD about his function based diagnostic system.  Specifically, they discuss:

  • Function versus topography 
  • An overview of his function based diagnostic system 
  • The utility of a function based diagnostic system 
  • The advantages of a function based diagnostic system relative to the DSM taxonomy 




Ennio Cipani, Ph.D., a graduate of Florida State University, is a licensed psychologist 

and a full professor at National University- Fresno. He has published numerous articles, 

chapters, instructional materials and books (available from, search Cipani) 

including Classroom management for all teachers: Evidence-based practice (3rd edition, 2008) and Punishment on 

Trial (2004). He has given many workshops and continuing education courses focusing on the effective 

management of problem child behavior. Dr. Cipani has been doing in-home and 

school based behavioral consultations for families and school personnel since 1982.

He has dealt with many families and a variety of behavior problems, conducting assessment

and intervention activities in homes and classrooms.