Enhancing the Role of Preference Assessments in Daily Practice (Part 1)

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February 21, 2014 | 01:30 PM – 02:45 PM EST

There are a number of student-related barriers that interfere with conducting preference assessments and producing accurate assessment results.  Moreover, practitioners often struggle with matching assessment methods to specific student needs, such as interest in large or activity-based reinforcers, severe behavior, or extremely restricted interests.  During this first of two presentations on preference assessments, Dr. Karsten will present a variety of strategies to overcome these barriers.

Presenter Bio: Amanda Karsten, PhD, BCBA-D


Amanda Karsten is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Western New England University. She earned her doctoral degree from Western Michigan University and she interned at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute before joining the faculty of WNEU in 2008. Dr. Karsten’s training in behavior analysis began as an undergraduate behavior technician in home- and school-based early intensive behavioral programs for young children with autism in southwest Michigan. Dr. Karsten’s research emphasizes the design of effective acquisition programming and translating behavior-analytic technologies from research to practice. She has coauthored 12 peer-reviewed publications and her students’ research was recognized by the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy in 2012, the

ABAI Speech-Pathology SIG in 2012, and the ABAI Verbal Behavior SIG in 2010. Dr. Karsten is currently an Editorial Board Member and a Guest Associate Editor for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is also a past Editorial Board Member of Behavior Analysis in Practice. In addition to teaching and advising students in the Master’s and

Doctoral programs in Behavior Analysis at WNEU, Dr. Karsten collaborates with Dr. Bonni Alpert, Dean of Student Disability Services, to deliver peer-mediated social and academic support programs for college students diagnosed with ADHD or ASD.

Location Information

This workshop will be held at the DataFinch Technologies headquarters(located at 53 Perimeter Center E, Suite 350, Atlanta, GA 30346) and streamed live online. Attend the workshop in person or from the comforts of your personal computer. On - site space is limited.

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