One of Robyn Catagnus’ primary goals is to further bring awareness of applied behavior analysis (ABA), a relatively new field, to a global audience.
“There are so many ways that we can apply the science of behavior analysis to reach communities that need it, no matter where they are in the world,” says Catagnus, Ed.D., BCBA-D, LBS, who has been teaching ABA courses online since 2008. “We can use technology to share information, teach new practitioners, and serve clients through both asynchronous and real-time interactions.”
Her enthusiasm for reaching wider communities made Catagnus excited about joining The Chicago’s School’s online program, which began in 2007. After three years with the school, she is now the Department Chair for the ABA Online campus.
She has used knowledge and techniques learned in a B.A. in Psychology; an M.S. in Curriculum, Instruction, Technology, and Education; and an Ed.D. in Special Education to present more than 30 workshops, talks, and trainings on topics such as autism, multiculturalism, and smart parenting. She’s also a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, and PennABA.
From 2002 to 2008, she was the founder of Clarity Behavioral Consulting (CBC), a special education service agency that provided training, support, and supervision to public school programs and parents of children with developmental disabilities. Inspiration for founding CBC came from her years of working as a therapist and consultant in programs serving those with developmental disabilities such as autism. Catagnus later was appointed as a Vice President of Services at an innovative company that created an online curriculum for school districts that needed more training to work with students with autism.
She 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 of Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysts, a special interest group of the Association of Behavior Analysis.
The Associate Professor was accepted into a “Mindfulness for Educators” professional training event at Harvard University. As a strong supporter of meditation and mindfulness, she’s used techniques from that program in her own daily work and professional life.