Robyn Catagnus

Robyn

Catagnus

Robyn Catagnus

Associate Department Chair

  • Associate Professor

  •  
  • Campus:
  • TCS Online
Department
Applied Behavior Analysis
Institution
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Biography

Robyn M. Catagnus, Ed.D., BCBA-D, LBS is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at

the doctoral level and has been teaching online since 2009. She has more than

20 years of experience and expertise in autism, behavior disorders, early intervention, special

education, and positive behavior supports. As a consultant in home, residential, and

educational settings, she clinically supervised cases, created staff trainings, conducted

workshops, and presented professional development events. Dr. Catagnus has presented

nationally at conferences on a variety of ABA topics and was the founder of Clarity Behavioral

Consulting, a special education service agency that provided training, support and supervision

to school programs and parents of children with developmental disabilities in Pennsylvania,

New Jersey, and Delaware. She built, developed and directed the respected, fast-growing

private consulting firm from the ground up, consistently improving and expanding to a 60-

employee operation before Clarity was purchased by the Pennhurst Group, LLC, where she

served as interim VP of Business Development. Next, she served as the Vice President of

Professional Services at an education technology company specializing in online curriculum and

staff training for 500+ school districts serving children with autism. Her current appointment is

Associate Professor of the Online campus of the Applied Behavior Analysis Department at The

Chicago School of Professional Psychology. The Department offers an ABA Certificate, M.S. in

ABA, and an innovative online Ph.D. in ABA.

Dr. Catagnus is a Trustee of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, a reviewer for

the APA journal Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, Diversity in Behavior Analysis section,

and a member of the Editorial Board for The Behavior Analyst, the flagship journal of ABAI. She

is also the Former Founding President Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts, a special

interest group of the Association of Behavior Analysis. The purpose of MultiABA is to connect

behavior analysts who have an interest or experience in serving multicultural/minority

populations, whether they be ethnic, religious, geographic, or socio-economic by promoting

the worldwide advancement of multicultural issues through ABA. Her professional interests

include online instruction, international dissemination of behavior analysis, and clinical

supervision of pre-service behavior analysts. Her research interests include remote clinical

supervision, class-wide interventions, cultural competency in behavior analysis, online teaching

and professional development, mindfulness for educators, and the intersection of positive

psychology and behavior analysis

Education History
Degree Institution Year
B.S. Psychology University of Houston
M.S. Curriculum, Instruction, Technology & Education Temple University
Ed.D. Special Education Arcadia University 2007
MA Positive Leadership and Strategy IE Universidad 2018
Certificate in Mindfulness for Educators Antioch New Englande 2017
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Full Member Association for Behavior Analysis International
Full Member Association of Professional Behavior Analysts
Full Member PennABA
Licenses
Licensed Behavior Specialist, State of Pennsylvania
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Doctoral Level
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Board Member Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts a SIG of ABA:I International, current
Former Founding President Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts, a SIG of ABA:I International, 2012
Pro Bono Presenter Functional Behavior Assessment, Pennsbury School District Family Group, 2010
Committee Member Request for Proposal for Autism Treatment Facility Review Committee, Bucks County Autism/PDD Task Force, Doylestown, PA, 2006
Pro Bono Panel Member Connecting and Communicating about Behavioral Intervention, Bucks County Resiliency Conference and Resource Expo, 2007
Former Chair Building Capacity Sub-Committee of the Bucks County Autism/PDD Task Force, Doylestown, PA, 2005-2006
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Applied Behavior Analysis Assessment/Analysis
Autism Spectrum / Developmental Disorders
Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention
Functional Behavior Assessment
Parenting
Problem Behavior Reduction
Self-Injury and Other Challenging Behaviors
Skill Development
Verbal Behavior/Language Acquisition
Diversity Cultural Issues
Psychology Subdisciplines - Positive Psychology
Presentations
Title Location Date
Catagnus, R. M. & Fong, E. H. Ethical Applications of Behavior Analysis to Diverse Populations. Presented at the Multi-Campus Integration Committee Conference Chicago, IL. (2015, November)
Catagnus, R. M., Fong, E. H., Tanaka, S., Matsuda, K. Activities and Activism for Cross-Cultural Dissemination of Behavior Analysis. Panel discussion at the Association for Behavior Analysis Convention San Antonio, Tx. San Antonio, TX. (2015, May)
Ainsleigh, S., Young-Pelton, C. A, Catagnus, R. M., Weinberg, M. Providing Distance/Remote Supervision for Pre- Professional Behavior Analysts: Strategies, Technologies, and Quality Assurance. Workshop presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis Convention San Antonio, TX. (2015, May)
Hughes-Fong, E., Catagnus, R.M., Tanaka, S., Yip, J., Matsuda, K., & Narang, P., Ganer, D., Ayyad-Alharsha, L. Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts: ABAI Special Interest Group. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis Convention San Antonio, TX. (2015, May)
Catagnus, R.M., Hughes-Fong, E., & Dugan, K. Ethics in Behavioral Research and Practice: Translating “Cultures” or Creating a New World Order? Panel discussion at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference Chicago, IL. (2014, May)
Young-Pelton, C.A., Catagnus, R.M., Weinberg, M., Ainsleigh, S. Distance/Remote Supervision of Pre-professional Behavior Analysts: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are Headed. Panel discussion at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference Chicago, IL. (2014, May)
Hughes-Fong, E., Catagnus, R.M., Tanaka, S., Yip, J., Matsuda, K., & Narang, P. Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts: ABAI Special Interest Group. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis Convention Chicago, IL. (2014, May)
Catagnus, R.M. & Pagliaro, J. Creating Sustainable Improvements in Autism Education Programs: A Framework for Special Education Directors and Public School Leaders. Presented at the Urban Collaborative Conference Tampa, FL. (2012, April)
Catagnus, R.M. Practical, Everyday Tips for Parenting a Child with Autism: Parenting, Teaching, and Coping. Invited Address at the Autism Research Institute Conference in Newark, N.J. (2012, April)
Catagnus, R.M.Leveraging Technology to Meet the Growing Demand of Autism Services: Review of Research, Case Studies, and Demonstration of Technology. Presented at the SEAS Gulf Coast Conference Biloxi, MS. (2011, June)
Catagnus, R.M. Second Step & Responsive Classroom. Presented at Bristol Township School District Bristol, PA. (2010, November)
Catagnus, R.M. Online Professional Development: Helping Teachers to Teach Social Skills with Second Step & Responsive Classroom in Inclusive Schools. Poster presented at the Pennsylvania Department of Education Conference Hershey, PA. (2010, April).
Glasberg, B., Catagnus, R.M., & Kuba, A. Making Sense of Challenging Behaviors: FBA Based Interventions for People with Autism. Workshop Presented at Rowan University Glasboro, N.J. (2010, March)
Catagnus, R.M., King, J. & Houck, R. Developing Behavioral Intervention for Aggression. Invited speaker for Lorman Education Services Philadelphia, PA. (2007, May)
Rolider, A. & Catagnus, R.M. The Smart and Sensitive Parenting Program. Workshop at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference Atlanta, GA. (2006)
Rolider, A. & Catagnus, R.M. The Smart and Sensitive Parenting Program. Workshop at the Florida Association of Behavior Analysis Conference Daytona Beach, FL. (2006, May)
Catagnus, R.M. Autism Overview: Understanding and Intervention. Workshop for Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission Warminster, PA. (2006)
Catagnus, R.M. Conducting & Reporting Functional Behavior Assessment and Behavior Intervention Plans. Invited Speaker for Elwyn, Inc. Elwyn, PA. (2006)
Catagnus, R., Kuhn, D., & Leber, C. Behavioral Intervention for Severe Problem Behavior. Workshop Presented at Magellan Behavioral Health Norristown, PA. (2005, December)
Catagnus, R., Houck, R. & Leber, C. Building Social Skills for Individuals with Autism. Workshop Presented at Magellan Behavioral Health Norristown, PA. (2005, November)
Catagnus, R.M., Hagopian, L. & Leber, C. Autism: Understanding and Intervention. Workshop Presented at Magellan Behavioral Health Norristown, PA. (2005, October)
Catagnus, R. Data Collection and Accountability for Improved Teaching. Invited speaker for BARC Developmental Services Holicong, PA. (2003, November)
Catagnus, R. Childhood Disruptive Behaviors. Invited speaker for Mercer County Special Services School District Trenton, N.J (2003, October)
Ainsleigh, S., Catagnus, R. M., (2016, May). Incorporating Modeling into Supervision of Behavior Analytic Practitioners. Chicago, IL 2016
Catagnus, R.M., Yip, J., Uramoto, M., & Tanaka, S. (2016, May). Behavior Analysts as Designers: Success Stories of International, Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Expand Our Services and Research Chicago, IL 2016
Catagnus, R.M., Yip, J., Uramoto, M., & Tanaka, S. (2016, May). Behavior Analysts as Designers: Success Stories of International, Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Expand Our Services and Research San Juan, PR 2017
Catagnus, R. M., Brown, C., Connis, E., Dettmering, J., Heard, E., Koroma, A., Mahamat, A., Murray, A., Tucker, J. (2017, April). Applied Behavior Analysis for Classrooms. Johannesburg, SA 2017
Catagnus, R. M. (2017, April). The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Programs and Careers in Applied Behavior Analysis Johannesburg, SA 2017
Catagnus, R. M., Fong, E. H., (2017, October). Developing Cultural Awareness Skills of Behavior Analysis New Brunswick, Canada 2017
Publications

Catagnus, R. M. & Hantula, D. A. (2011). The virtual individual education plan (IEP) team: Using online collaboration to develop a behavior intervention plan. International Journal of e-Collaboration, 7(1), 30-46.

Chapters

Catagnus, R. M., Pagliaro, J., Hoch, H., & Taylor, B. T. (2012). Technology for staff training, collaboration & supervision in school-based programs for children with autism. In A. Mastergeorge & P. Mundy (Ed.) Autism for Educators. Vol. 1: Empirically Supported Educational Interventions for School Age Children with AutismSan Francisco:: Jossey-Bass/Wiley..

Journals

Fong, E.H.*, Catagnus, R. M.*, Brodhead, M. T.*, Quigley, S. & Fields, S. (in p). Developing the cultural awareness skills of behavior analysts.. Behavior Analysis in Practice, ,

Catagnus, R. M. & Hantula, D. A. (2011). The virtual individual education plan (IEP) team: Using online collaboration to develop a behavior intervention plan. International Journal of e-Collaboration, 7 (1), 30-46.