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Jennifer Klapatch - Staff

Jennifer Klapatch

Director of Applied Professional Practice
  • Assistant Professor & Director of Applied Professional Practice

    Applied Behavior Analysis Department

  • The Chicago School Chicago
Department
Applied Behavior Analysis
Address
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
Email
JKlapatch@thechicagoschool.edu
Website
Biography

Jennifer Klapatch received her Master's degree from The Chicago School in 2007 and her Ph.D in 2013. She has worked in the field in a variety of placements, including foster care, public schools, residential centers, and private practice. Jennifer is currently focusing her research and practice on “everyman’s problems,” ranging from parenting challenges and how best to maintain a healthy lifestyle, to more clinical issues, like stress, anxiety, and depression. She conducted her dissertation research on pragmatic ways of increasing exercise. Jennifer served an adjunct faculty member in the ABA department from 2008-2012, has acted as Director of Client services at Chicago Behavior Consultants, Inc., and currently coordinates practicum placements for Master’s level ABA students in addition to serving as a faculty member. She is also Chair of ABAI’s Health, Sports, and Fitness Special Interest Group, which provides collaboration and networking opportunities for individuals interested in the application of ABA to health, sports, and fitness related research and practice.

Education
  • B.A., Psychology, Purdue University
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Ph.D., Applied Behavior Analysis, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Licensure(s)
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral Level (BCBA-D)
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • Klapatch, J. (2014, May). The impact of American values on public education. Multicultural & Diversity Affairs Committee Community & Conversations discussion presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Chicago, IL.

  • Klapatch, J., Frieder, J. E., & Kazemi, E. (2014, May). 40 years of ABA: preparing competent practitioners Part II: Systematizing the applied experience.  Panel presented at the 40th Annual Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Chicago, IL.

  • Prochak, S., Klapatch, J., & Eshleman, J. W. (2014, May). Effects of a tactile prompt and performance feedback on increasing positive interactions between clients and staff in a residential setting.  Symposium presentation at the 40th Annual Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Chicago, IL.

  • Drake, A., Klapatch, J., & Herbst, S. (2014, May). Using checklists to increase treatment integrity of behavior program implementation.  Symposium presentation at the 40th Annual Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Chicago, IL.

  • Gorbold, S., Klapatch, J., & Walker, D. J. (2014, May). The effects of internet-based deposit contracts on increasing physical activity of typically developing sedentary adults.  Symposium presentation at the 40th Annual Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Chicago, IL.

  • Klapatch, J. (2013, November). The Use of an Online Database to Monitor Practicum Students. Electronic poster presentation at the 2nd Annual Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Education Conference. Chicago, IL.

  • Brzycki, C. (Interviewer) & Klapatch, J.  (Interviewee). (2013, 25 July). Technology, why are we so addicted? Retrieved from Medill Reports Chicago Web site: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=223450

  • Shryer, D. (Interviewer) & Klapatch, J. (Interviewee). (2013, Summer/Fall). Too Hot to Handle. Retrieved from Chicago Health Magazine Web site: http://chicagohealthonline.com/too-hot-to-handle-2/

  • Klapatch, J. Walker, D. J., Herbst, S. & Kettering, T. (2013, May). Simple Behavioral Activation for Typically Developing Obese Adults: The Power of Goal Setting. Symposium presentation at the 39th Annual Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

  • Klapatch, J. & Winters, A. (2013, May). Building and Maintaining a Low-Cost Website for Your SIG. Special Interest Group Training presentation at the 39th Annual Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Minneapolis, MN.

  • Klapatch, J. Walker, D. J., Herbst, S. & Kettering, T. (2013, April). Simple Behavioral Activation: The Power of Goal Setting. Invited presentation at Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis Conference. Springfield, IL.

  • Klapatch, J. (2013, April). The Culture of Disability: Translating the Minority Model. Multicultural & Diversity Affairs Committee Community & Conversations discussion presented at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Chicago, IL.

  • Malott, R. W., Schaal, D. W., & Klapatch, J. (2012, May). Ripples to waves: Fighting the tide of mentalism as behavior analysis rises into new fields. Panel presented at the 38th Annual Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Seattle, WA. 

  • Burke, N., Concordora, G., Foltz, R., Klapatch, J., Schell, N., & Turk, C. (2012, March). Defining mental illness: The medical model and beyond. Panel presented at The Chicago School’s Community Connections Committee. Chicago, IL.

  • Klapatch, J. The Effects of Remote Responders on Students’ Participation and Quiz Grades. Symposium presentation at the 37th Annual Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Denver, CO.

  • Klapatch, J. No Drips, No Drops! (Teaching Parents to Toilet Train Kids of All Ages). Symposium presentation at the 37th Annual Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Denver, CO.

  • Young, K. & Klapatch, J. Prepping Parents for Life without the Clinician. Symposium presentation at the 37th Annual Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Denver, CO.

  • Klapatch, J., Carris, A. B., & Totsch, J. Technology for Teaching and Assessment: Effectively Using Remote Responders and Electronic Grading. Symposium presentation at the 3rd Annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Institute. Chicago, IL.

  • Klapatch, J. & Walker, D. J. The Effects of Contingent Reinforcement on Smoking Reduction and Cessation in a Changing Criterion Design. Poster presented at the 34th Annual Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Chicago, IL.

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) 
  • Standard Celeration Society 
  • Association for Professional Behavior Analysts 
  • Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

Q&A

Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy. 

A: Throughout a graduate career, it is easy for a student to become engulfed in the papers, readings, and tests, and lose sight of the ultimate goal of becoming a practicing clinician. Knowing this, I try to incorporate real life situations into all of my classes to keep the students “in touch” with what it is like to be a practicing clinician and encourage the students to imagine themselves in these situations. What starts as an abstract goal of graduating progresses into goals for a career, policy advocacy, and so much more. Watching that transition take place is remarkable and seeing that transformation in each of my students is truly inspiring. Having to put it into words, I would say my teaching philosophy is to help each student fall in love with the learning of and practice of behavior analysis; once they do that, everything else will come easy!