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1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA, 17257
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Post-Master's Coursework in Behavior Analysis


Contacts & Support

For program information:

Dr. Kathryn Potoczak, BCBA-D
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

For general information regarding registration, payment, and online education: 

Carolyn Callaghan, D.Ed
Associate Dean, Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education Studies


Program Faculty

Dr. Kathryn Potoczak, BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She is a tri-alumna of Western Michigan University, and had the distinct honor of studying behavior analysis under Dr. Jack Michael from 1996-2003. A BCBA since 2002, she also provides supervision to individuals conducting behavioral assessment and treatment with individuals diagnosed with autism and intellectual disabilities. She formerly served as the Acting Director of the Claremont Autism Center in Claremont, California. At Shippensburg, she teaches a variety of behavioral courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level, including Conditioning and Learning, which includes a live-animal operant laboratory (known affectionately as “rat lab.”) She was one of the featured speakers at the 2011 PennABA Conference, and her primary research interests include the assessment of behavioral excesses using experimental functional analyses and the subsequent treatment of such behavior, as well as applying behavioral principles to college teaching.
Dr. G. David Smith, BCBA-D, completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at Temple University under the direction of Dr. Phil Hineline. He earned clinical licensure and ran his own practice, Riverside Associates, PC, in Harrisburg, conducting behavioral assessment and treatment with a range of clients until his recent retirement, in addition to providing training in behavior analysis and many other areas of treatment in psychology via Riverside Training. In retirement, he serves as a behavioral consultant to The Vista School in Hershey, the pre-eminent autism school in the area, and also treats indigent clients throughout the area on a pro bono basis. In addition, he maintains an active research program at Vista, collaborating with colleagues at Vista, Penn State, and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, as well as supervising student interns. He has more than thirty years of experience in the field, and will bring this valuable, practical knowledge to the classroom.