Catherine A. Kunsch, Ph.D.

Catherine A. Kunsch, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Eastern UniversityAssociate Professor, Graduate Counseling and Psychology Department
Co-Director for School Psychology

Contact Information

Phone: 610-341-1487
Email: ckunsch@eastern.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. in School Psychology, Lehigh University
  • M.S. in Psychology, Villanova University
  • B.A. in Psychology, The Pennsylvania State University

Licenses/Certifications

  • Pennsylvania Certification in School Psychology
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Research Interests

  • Positive Behavior Support
  • Peer-mediated interventions for students with autism spectrum disorders
  • Self-management interventions
  • System level interventions in school psychology
  • Interventions for adults with autism spectrum disorders

Clinical Interests

  • Behavioral assessment and interventions
  • School-wide positive behavior support
  • Students with low-incidence disabilities such as autism
  • Students with emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Response to intervention

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Bambara, L.M. & Kunsch, C. (in press). Effective teaming for positive behavior support. In F. Brown, J. Anderson, & R. De Pry (Eds.). Individual Positive Behavior Supports: A Standards-Based Guide to Practices in School and Community-Based Setting. Paul H. Brookes.
  • Cole, C.L. & Kunsch, C.A. (2013). Self-monitoring. In B. D. McLeod, A. Jensen-Doss, & T. H. Ollendick (Eds.). Handbook of Child and Adolescent Diagnostic and Behavioral Assessment. New York: Guilford.
  • Bambara, L.M., Kokina, A., Cole, C.L., & Kunsch, C. (2013). A comprehensive synthesis and evaluation of intervention research for adults with autism spectrum disorders. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Papay, C., Bambara, L., Kokina, A., Kunsch, C., McCurdy, E., Cole, C., Swope, E., Harris, T., El-Attar, B. (2010). Community inclusion for adults with autism: Guidance for providers in Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, PA: Bureau of Autism Services, PA DPW.
  • Kunsch, C.A., Jitendra, A.K., & Sood, S. (2007). The effects of peer-mediated mathematics instruction for students with learning problems: A research synthesis. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 22, 1- 12.
  • McCurdy, B.L., Kunsch, C.A., & Reibstein, S. (2007). The urban school, antisocial behavior and secondary prevention: Implementing the behavior education program. Preventing School Failure, 51, 12 – 19.

Conference Presentations

  • Kokina, A., Bambara, L., & Kunsch, C. (2013, March). Intervention Research for Adults With Autism: Current Evidence, Critical Gaps. Paper presented at the Association for Positive Behavior Support Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Bambara, L., Cole, C., Kunsch, C., Drogan, R., & Tsai, S.C. (2013, March). Supporting the Conversational Skills of High School Students with Autism Through Peer-Mediation. Paper presented at the Association for Positive Behavior Support Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Bambara, L., Cole, C., Drogan, R., Kunsch, C., & Tsai, S.C. (2012, February). Teaching Peers to Support Conversational Skills of High School Students with Autism. Paper presented at TASH 2012 Conference, Long Beach, CA.
  • Bambara, L., Kunsch, C., Kokina, A., & Papay, C. (2011, March). Training Community Based Team Facilitators: A Focus on Understanding Team Member Perspective. Invited presentation at the Association for Positive Behavior Support Annual Conference, Denver, CO.
  • Bambara, L., Burgess, C., Cole, C., Kokina, A., Kunsch, C., & McCurdy, E. (2010, June). Collaborative Teaming in PBS: Development of & Reflections from a Training for Professionals. Pennsylvania Autism Training Conference, Lancaster, PA.
  • Jeffrey, J.L., McCurdy, B., Lannie, A., & Kunsch, C. (2010, March). Consulting in the Classroom: Helping Teachers Implement Class-wide Positive Behavioral Support Practices. Mini-skills Workshop presented at the National Association of School Psychologists 2010 Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Bambara, L., Burgess, C., Cole, C., Kunsch, C., & McCurdy, E. (2009, November). Community Inclusion of Adults with Autism: What Do We Know From the Research? Paper presented at TASH 2009 Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Kunsch, C.A., McCurdy, B.L., & Lannie, A. (2009, February). Creating Positive Environments: Key Classroom Management Skills and Observation Tools. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists 2009 Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Lannie, A., & Kunsch, C.A. (2009, February). Actively Involving Students in their Education: Implementation of Self-Management Interventions. Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists 2009 Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Kunsch, C.A., Jitendra, A.K., & Sood, S. (2008, April). Peer-Mediated Mathematics Instruction for Students With Learning Problems: What Does Research Say? Poster presented at the Council for Exceptional Children National Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Kunsch, C.A., Jitendra, A.K., & Sood, S. (2008, February).  Peer-Mediated Mathematics Instruction for Students with Learning Problems.  Paper presented at the National Association of School Psychologists 2008 Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Jitendra, A.K., Kunsch, C.A., & Sood., S. (2007, July). What Does Research Say About Peer-Mediated Instruction in Mathematics for Students with Learning Difficulties. Poster presented at the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities Conference, Bled, Slovenia.
  • Curtis, D.B., Kunsch, C.A., Cole, C.L., & Shapiro, E.S. (2005, August).  Training School Psychologists to Support Students With Low-Incidence Disabilities.  Poster presentation at the 2005 APA Annual Convention, Washington, DC.          
  • McCurdy, B.L., McIntyre, E.K., La Monica, S., & Kunsch, C. (2004, April).  School-wide PBS: Enhancing Integrity Through Improved Data Management.  Paper presentation at the 2004 NASP Annual Convention, Dallas, TX.

Professional Associations     

  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • American Psychological Association (APA) (Division 16)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) (Behavioral Disorders Division)
  • TASH
  • Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS)

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