Ashley Whittington-Barnish



Ashley Whittington-Barnish

Department Chair

  • Assistant Professor

  • Campus:
  • Chicago, IL
Applied Behavior Analysis
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Address Map of 325 N Wells St Chicago IL 60654
Office 630
325 N Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60654
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Dr. Ashley Whittington-Barnish is an assistant professor and department chair of the Applied Behavior Analysis department in Chicago. Dr. Whittington-Barnish first started at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012 as an adjunct faculty member. She then became an assistant professor in 2013 and department chair in 2015. Prior to teaching at TCSPP, she taught courses at Illinois Wesleyan University and Bradley University.

Dr. Whittington-Barnish is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified school psychologist, and Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level (BCBA-D). She completed her doctoral internship at Livingston County Special Services Unit and her post-doc at Trinity Services Autism and Family Resource Center. She has worked in school, clinic, and in-home settings with children of all ages, specializing in working with children with autism and their families. Through those experiences and those as a BCBA consultant, she has worked with school systems as both an internal and external team member. Her current research interests include social skills training, using technology and other efficient practices to teach academic skills, school-based interventions, and parent training.

In addition to working at TCSPP, Dr. Whittington-Barnish serves as a Board Member for Illinois Association for Behavior Analysis (IL-ABA). She also is a member of Myra Speakers Bureau (Chicago's all-female speakers bureau).

Education History
Degree Institution
Ph.D. School Psychology Illinois State University
M.S. General Psychology Illinois State University
B.A. Psychology and Interdisciplinary Educational Studies Illinois Wesleyan University
Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral (BCBA-D)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Illinois
Illinois Type 73 School Service Personnel Certification, School Psychologist
National Certified School Psychologist (NCSP)
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Applied Behavior Analysis Academic Skills
Autism Spectrum / Developmental Disorders
Education/Special Education
Other Developmental Disorders
Positive Behavior Support
Skill Development
Autism/Developmental Disorders Applied Behavior Analysis
Autistic Spectrum
Social Development
Child & Adolescent Development Learning/Learning Disabilities
Social Development
Social Development
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Psychopathology
Psychology Subdisciplines - Applied Behavior Analysis
Subdisciplines - School Psychology
School Psychology Positive Behavior Supports
Response to Intervention
Systems Change
Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.

My approach to teaching is learner-centered. I utilize various activities and multiple forms of assessment in each course. I try to meet students where they are, recognizing that each individual comes to class with a different learning history. Allowing students to share their experiences (and sharing my own) as they relate to course material helps to facilitate connections between classroom learning and what happens in clinical/applied settings.