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  • 1. Kitchen Vita 1 VITA Thomas Phillip Kitchen, MS, BCBA Assistant Professor of Special Education, Graduate Program in Special Education – Mercyhurst College Director, Lake Erie Autism Diagnostic, Educational, And Research Services (LEADERS) Program - Achievement Center Instructor, Graduate Program in Special Education (Graduate Certificate in Autism) - Penn State UniversityWorld Campus I. PERSONAL Personal: P.O. Box 6563 Erie, PA 16512-6563 (814)450-5187 II. ACADEMICRECORD A. InstitutionsAttended 1992-1997: B.A. Elementary/SpecialEducation MercyhurstCollege,Erie,PA 2004-2005: M.S. SpecialEducation MercyhurstCollege,Erie,PA 2004-2005: GraduateCertificateinAppliedBehavior Analysis Pennsylvania State University B. AcademicAppointments 2010-Present Assistant Professor of SpecialEducation,GraduateEducation,MercyhurstCollege Directorof GraduateProgram inAppliedBehavior Analysis 2008-2010 Part-timeInstructor, Graduate SpecialEducation,EducationDivision,MercyhurstCollege Co-developerof GraduateCertificateProgram inAppliedBehavior Analysis Supervisor, Intensive Practicum inAppliedBehaviorAnalysis 2006-2008: AdjunctInstructor, Graduate SpecialEducation,EducationDivision,MercyhurstCollege Co-developerof GraduateCertificateProgram inAppliedBehavior Analysis Supervisor, Intensive Practicum inAppliedBehaviorAnalysis 2006-Present: Instructor, SpecialEducation,EducationDivision,WorldCampus,PennState University GraduateCertificateinAutism C. Professional Experience 3/10 – Present University of Pittsburgh Medical Center IndependentContractortoprovide autism andbehaviortrainingsthroughoutWestern Pennsylvania 10/07-Present: AchievementCenter – Erie, PA / MercyhurstCollege –Erie, PA Director– Lake Erie Autism Diagnostic,Educational,andResearchServices(LEADERS) Provide clinical consultationanddirectiontoservicesprovided to childrenwithautism acrossserviceareas includingBehavioralHealthRehabilitationServices(BHRS),Early Intervention, MentalHealthServices, and PhysicalRehabilitationServices.Providestaff training, serve as an autism resourceto the agencyand community,anddevelop contractualoutreach,consultative,andtraining/presentationservicesforchildren, families,andeducational entitiesthroughoutthenationand world.Provide supervision anddirectionto graduateinterns/assistants. Developanddisseminateresearchoneffectiveinterventions for autism. Provide informationalresourcestoprogram personnel,includingjournal articles,researchsummaries,etc,andserve as a program representativeto print, radio, andtelevision newsmedia.
  • 2. Kitchen Vita 2 2/97-10/07: Dr. GertrudeA. Barber NationalInstitute - Erie, PA Coordinator– IntensiveAutism Program Principaldesignerandcoordinatorofaprogram for center-basedbehavioranalytic autism intervention. Throughoutprogram evolution,positionwasresponsibleforongoingsupervision,performancemanagement, andtrainingof program personnel,curriculumdevelopment,materialsselectionandacquisition,physical spacedesign,anddevelopmentof originaldatacollectionproceduresandprotocols. Co-authorandCo-coordinatorof Centerfor DiseaseControland PreventionGrant Co-developedandimplementedagrantto develop anABA-based trainingprogram andtrainingtextfor practitionersworkingwithchildrenwithautism. Grantinformation: CDC - Preventing SecondaryConditions Associatedwith Autism Spectrum Disorders(E111ccu324061-01) Educational/BehavioralConsultant ThroughtheGertrudeA. BarberEducationalInstitute,to addressthe needsof childrenwithautism andother developmental/behavioraldeficits. Hiredbyschooldistrictsandfamiliestoassess functionalandbehavioral skills, anddevelop programmingtobothteachfunctionalskillsandreduceproblem behaviors. Invited to speakat conferencesandtrainingsatthe localschooldistrict,collegiate,regional,state, andnationallevels. Participatedintelevisioninterviews as an expert inthe field of autism intervention, andalso served as an expert witnessin dueprocessproceedings. Emphasisofwork revolves aroundapplicationofevidence-based teachingmethodsacrosslearnerprofilesandcurricularcontent,behavioranalyticalandfluency-based approachestoteachingcommunicationskillstochildrenwithdevelopmentaldisabilities,andreductionof problem behaviorinallsettings. BehaviorSpecialist Performedfunctionalanalyses,Developedbehaviorandinstructional plans,trainedschoolstaff, aidedin IEP development. TherapeuticStaff Support(therapist) Worked with childrenwithautism toprovide functionalcommunicationtrainingandsupportforproblem behaviors. Authored discretetrialskill acquisitionprograms. Implementeddiscretetrialinstruction. Collaboratedwithprovidersof relatedservices. Receivedprivately-fundedtrainingfrom worldleadersinthe field. D. Consulting/ContracturalRelationships Present: GeneralMcLane SchoolDistrict – consultativerelationship tosupportmy staff insupporting students with autism IroqouisCentralSchoolDistrict, Elma,NY (Buffalo area)– to developautism supportprograms ChautauquaOpportunities(ChautauquaCounty,NY) – Toconsultwithproviderof all HeadStart EarlyIntervention Programs PA Bureau of Autism Services – CollaboratorwithUniversityof PittsburghMedicalCentertoestablishoneof 3 regionalBAS autism centersinthe state- involving diagnostics,outreach,education,andtelemedicine. 2006: SchoolDistrict of the City of Erie – to provide behavioralconsultation 2005: Crawford CentralSchoolDistrict – to provide behavioralconsultation Ongoing:Privatebehavioral/educational consultation forfamilies,individualclients,andvarious schooldistrictsinseveral states E. Awards/Honors 1992-1997 EganHonorsScholar,MercyhurstCollege 1992-1997Weunschel/GerbothScholarship 1993-1996PhiEta SigmaHonorsSociety 1995-1996President,MercyhurstCollegeHonorsProgram (7/2004 – 10/2007) (8/2001 – 10/2007) (3/2003 – 10/2007) (8/2001 – 3/2003) (8/1997 – 8/2001)
  • 3. Kitchen Vita 3 F. Professional Memberships/Affiliations Associationfor Behavior Analysis, International Behavior Analyst CertificationBoard(Certificant#1-05-2492) NewYork Associationfor Behavior Analysis Pennsylvania Association for Behavior Analysis PA Departmentof Public Welfare’sChildren’sBehavioralTaskForce,ResearchandBestPracticesSubcommittee(2004-05) III. TEACHING (MercyhurstCollege) A. Teaching GRADUATE EDSP 640 Basic PrinciplesofBehavior EDSP 501 Classroom ManagementandAppliedBehaviorAnalysis EDSP 660 Advanced SeminarinAppliedBehavior Analysis EDSP 607 Curriculum andInstruction:Developmental Disabilities UNDERGRADUATE PSYCH 440 – Basic Conceptsof Behavior B. Courseswith SupervisoryResponsibility EDSP 607 Curriculum andInstruction:Developmental Disabilities EDSP 672 Intensive Practicum:AppliedBehaviorAnalysis (BCBA) PSCH 472 Intensive Practicum:AppliedBehaviorAnalysis (BCaBA) C. Teaching (Penn StateUniversityWorldCampus) POST GRADUATE SPLED 464 Autism – Assessment and Curriculum IV. RESEARCH,SCHOLARSHIP,ANDPROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENTS A. Publications: Kitchen,T.,Belfiore, P., andKitchen,H. (In press, releasedate4th quarter, 2009)The necessityof measuresof proceduralintegrityto ensureeffective deliveryof evidence-basedinterventionsforchildrenwith autism spectrum disorders.In SpecialEducationinthe21st Century. MaryBurton, Ed. Haupphauge,NY: Nova SciencePublishers. Gulick,R. & Kitchen,T.(2007)Effective Instruction for Childrenwith Autism. Erie, PA: Dr. GertrudeA. BarberNational Institute. [An autism referencetext and instructionalCD-ROMtoaccompanyCDC-supportedpracticaltrainingprogramforparents andpractitionersworkingwithindividualswithautism,currentlyalsoused as a collegeteachingtextinmanycontexts)] Creditedcontributingwriter–Neisworth,J. T.,and Wolfe, P. S., Eds. (2004).TheAutism Encyclopedia.Balitmore,MD: PaulH. BrookesPublishingCo,Inc. Kitchen,T.P.Barber-Carey, M., & Kownacki,A. (2003).Coordinationofhomeandschool-basedearly,intensive behavioralinterventionprogramsfor childrenwithautism. TheEarly ChildhoodReport). 14, Issue 4, April 2003 Kitchen,T.,Belfiore, P.J., & Gulick,R.(in preparation).Effectsof antecedentversus consequentuseof a high-psequenceon escaped-maintainedchildnon-compliance.
  • 4. Kitchen Vita 4 B. Research Presentationsand Invited Lectures Kitchen,T.(April, 2010).CurricularConsiderationsforLearnerswithAutism. WorkshopconductedforIroquoisCentralSchool District,Elma, NY. Kitchen,T.(April, 2010). DevelopingBasic CommunicativeRepertoiresforLearnerswith DevelopmentalDisabilities.Workshop conductedforIroquoisCentralSchoolDistrict,Elma,NY Kitchen,T. (May, 2009).TheNeedfor MeasuresofProceduralIntegrityin Programsfor IndividualswithAutism. Paper presentedat the annualconferenceoftheAssociationfor Behavior Analysis, Phoenix,AZ Kitchen,T. (May, 2009).Our GrowingABA Field:Howdo YOU playthe game? Paperpresentedat the annual conferenceoftheAssociationfor BehaviorAnalysis, Phoenix,AZ Kitchen,T.(April, 2009).HigherEducationforStudents with Asperger’s SyndromeandHigh-FunctioningAutism. Workshop presentedat MercyhurstCollege,onbehalfof the LearningDifferencesProgram. Kitchen,T. (November,2007). TheGrowthofABA: A Double-EdgedSword?Paperpresentedatthe annualconference of the New York Associationfor Behavior Analysis, Verona, NY Kitchen,T.(July, 2007).Sciencevs. PseudoscienceinAutism Interventions – MakinganInformedDecision.Presentation at MercyhurstCollege. Kitchen,T.(July, 2007). EthicsandBehavior Analysts. Presentationat MercyhurstCollege. Kitchen,T.(April, 2007).Weighingthe Options:What to Lookfor inan Autistic Support Program.Paperpresentationat the Dr. GertrudeBarber NationalInstitute’sannualAutism Awareness MonthLectureSeries. Kitchen,T.(2007).Introductionto autism…Autism andthe arts. Paperpresentationfor the annualmeetingofthe Pennsylvania CouncilontheArts. CambridgeSprings,PA. Kitchen,T.(2007).Introductionto autism spectrum disorders.PaperpresentedatPenn State University Cooperative Extension – “Celebratethe Family2007” Zona,J., Gulick,R., Kitchen,T.,Williams,T.,& Belfiore, P.J. (May, 2006). Functional analysisofnoncomplianceduringdiscrete trial instruction.Paperpresentedat the annualconferenceofthe Associationfor Behavior Analysis, Atlanta, GA. Kitchen,T.,Belfiore, P.J., & Gulick,R.(May, 2006). Effects of antecedentversus consequentuseof a high-psequenceon escapedmaintained childnon-compliance.Paperpresentedatthe annualconferenceoftheAssociationfor Behavior Analysis, Atlanta, GA. Kitchen,H., & Kitchen,T.,& Belfiore,P.J. (May, 2006).Roleof announcedsupervisionontreatmentfidelityin autism instruction. Paperpresentedat the annualconferenceofthe Associationfor Behavior Analysis, Atlanta, GA. Kitchen,T. (May, 2008).Intensive In the RealWorld. Paper presentedat the annualconferenceofthe Associationfor Behavior Analysis, Chicago,IL Kitchen,T. (2005) . Intensive Autism Program Staff training -Week-long,30-hourtrainingsessioncoveringtopicsof autism,appliedbehavioranalysis, assessment,curriculum planning,instruction,andperformancemanagement,atthe Dr. GertrudeA. BarberNationalInstitute Kitchen,T.,Gulick,R., andBarber-Carey, M. (2005). Effective Instructionfor Individualswith Autism: A Parent/PractitionerTrainingModel.Paperanddatapresentation NationalAutism ConferenceandSummerInstituteat PennState University, in conjunctionwiththePA TrainingandTechnical AssistanceNetwork
  • 5. Kitchen Vita 5 Kitchen,T.(2005).Autism Intervention: Identifying and ImplementingBestPractices.Paperpresentationatthe 18th Children’sInteragencyTrainingConference -PA ChildandAdolescentService System Program (CASSP) Trainingand TechnicalAssistanceInstituteState Conference Kitchen,T.(2004).Autism Intervention: Identifying and ImplementingBestPractices.Paperpresentationatthe annual state conferenceofthe Pennsylvania Associationof Resourcesfor MentalRetardation(PAR). Harrisburg,PA WPSX-TV, State College,PA (2004).“TakeNote”- WPSX-TV, State College.Time is Brain…emmy-nominatedand nationallysyndicateddocumentaryonautism andappliedbehavioranalysis. Kitchen’s center-basedschool program at the Dr. GertrudeA. BarberNationalInstitute was one of the focalpoints. Kitchen,T.(2004).PracticalTipsandTechniquesforEducatingStudentswith Autism Spectrum Disorders.Paper presentationat the NationalAutism ConferenceandSummerInstituteat Penn State University, inconjunctionwiththePA TrainingandTechnicalAssistance Kitchen,T.(2004)Everything You Wanted to Know About ToiletTraining,ButWere Afraid to Ask. Invited trainingat the Dr. GertrudeA. BarberNationalInstitute Kitchen,T.(2004).PracticalTipsandTechniquesforEducatingStudentswith Autism Spectrum DisordersPaper presentationat the Pennsylvania Federation-CouncilforExceptionalChildren-AnnualConvention Kitchen,T.(2003).DelineatingtheDifferenceBetween"Philosophy"and"Technology"as a meansto Expand the WorldwideBehaviorAnalytic Community.Paper presentationat the NationalAutism ConferenceandSummer Institute at PennState University (Presentedas invited speakerfor part of final courseworkforPennState’s Applied Behavior Analysis certificationprogram.) Kitchen,T.(2002).MoreDiscreteTrialInstruction -a focuson naturalistic instructionwithinatightstimulus-response- consequenceframework.Paperpresentationatthe Dr. GertrudeA. Barber Center,Inc. C. Funded Grants Centersfor DiseaseControlandPrevention, U.S. Departmentof HealthandHumanServices Preventing SecondaryConditionsAssociatedwithAutism Spectrum Disorders (E111ccu324061-01)  2004- $140,000 to develop a parentand practitionertrainingmodel forthoseworkingwithchildrenwithautism spectrum disorders