Dr. Karen A. Toussaint
University of North Texas
Behavior Analysis
(940) 369-5371
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Education

PhD, Louisiana State University, 2011.
Major: School Psychology
MA, Louisiana State University, 2009.
Major: School Psychology
BS, Louisiana State University, 2003.
Major: Chemistry
BS, Louisiana State University, 2003.
Major: Psychology

Licensures and Certifications

Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Behavior Analyst Certification Board. (January 31, 2012 – Present).

Professional Memberships

Texas Association for Behavior Analysis. (September 2012 – Present).

Association for Behavior Analysis International. (2005 – Present).

Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis. (20102012).

Teaching

Teaching Experience

University of North Texas
BEHV 3000, Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism I, 17 courses.
BEHV 3660, Survey of Applied Behavior Analysis Literature, 4 courses.
BEHV 4000, Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism II, 2 courses.
BEHV 4010, Functional Analysis and Problem Behavior, 7 courses.
BEHV 4900, Special Problems, 7 courses.
BEHV 5028, Autism 1: Conceptual/Methodological Issues in ABA, 3 courses.
BEHV 5029, Autism 2: ABA Research & Practice. 3 hours, 4 courses.
BEHV 5250, Topics in Behavior Analysis, 2 courses.
BEHV 5810, Practicum, 9 courses.
BEHV 5815, Practicum, 18 courses.
BEHV 5820, Internship, 15 courses.
BEHV 5900, Special Problems, 13 courses.
BEHV 5950, Master's Thesis, 27 courses.
BEHV 6810, Developing Behavior Analytic Expertise I, 2 courses.
BEHV 6900, Special Problems, 2 courses.
BEHV 6910, Developing Behavior Analytic Expertise II, 1 course.
BEHV 6950, Doctoral Dissertation, 1 course.
HLSC 6950, Doctoral Dissertation, 1 course.
HLSR 6950, Doctoral Dissertation, 1 course.

Directed Student Learning

Major Professor, Behavior Analysis. (September 2019 – Present).

Major Professor, Behavior Analysis. (September 2018 – Present).

Master's Thesis Committee Co-Chair, Behavior Analysis. (September 2018 – Present).

Internship Advisor, Behavior Analysis. (June 2019December 2019).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (August 15, 2019August 15, 2019).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (August 06, 2019August 06, 2019).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (July 09, 2019July 09, 2019).

Major Professor, Behavior Analysis. (September 2017December 2018).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (December 04, 2018December 04, 2018).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (October 29, 2018October 29, 2018).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (October 26, 2018October 26, 2018).

Master's Thesis Committee Co-Chair, Behavior Analysis. (August 03, 2018August 03, 2018).

Major Professor, Behavior Analysis. (January 2017May 2018).

Major Professor, Behavior Analysis. (January 2017April 27, 2018).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (December 4, 2017December 4, 2017).

Major Professor, Behavior Analysis. (September 2016October 31, 2017).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (September 28, 2017September 28, 2017).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (July 27, 2017July 27, 2017).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (July 07, 2017July 07, 2017).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (April 28, 2017April 28, 2017).

Master's Thesis Committee Member, Behavior Analysis. (April 5, 2017April 5, 2017).

Major Professor, Behavior Analysis. (January 2015March 27, 2017).

Major Professor, Behavior Analysis. (January 21, 2016November 03, 2016).

Awards and Honors

Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year, UNT Graduate Student Council. (April 2019 – Present).

Research

Published Intellectual Contributions

Book Chapter
Alai-Rosales, S., Toussaint, K. A., McGee, G. G. (2017). Incidental teaching: Happy progress. Handbook of Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorder. 171--185. Springer.
Tiger, J. H., Toussaint, K. A., Kliebert, M. L. (2009). Rituals and stereotypies. Applied behavior analysis for children with autism spectrum disorders. 145--155. Springer.
Journal Article
Northgrave, J., Vladescu, J. C., DeBar, R. M., Toussaint, K. A., Schnell, L. K. (2019). Reinforcer Choice on Skill Acquisition for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: a Systematic Replication. Behavior Analysis in Practice. 12, 401–406. Springer International Publishing.
Toussaint, K. A., Scheithauer, M. C., Tiger, J. H., Saunders, K. J. (2017). Teaching identity matching of braille characters to beginning braille readers. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 50(2), 278--289. Wiley Online Library.
Doan, D., Toussaint, K. A. (2017). A Parent-Oriented Approach to Rapid Toilet Training.. Other. 9(2), 473--486. ERIC.
Toussaint, K. A., Kodak, T., Vladescu, J. C. (2016). An evaluation of choice on instructional efficacy and individual preferences among children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 49(1), 170--175. Wiley Online Library.
Callahan, K. J., Hughes, H. L., Mehta, S. S., Toussaint, K. A., Nichols, S. M., Ma, P. S., Kutlu, M., Wang, H. (2016). Social Validity of Evidence-Based Practices and Emerging Interventions in Autism. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. 1088357616632446. SAGE Publications Sage CA: Los Angeles, CA.
Kodak, T., Clements, A., Paden, A. R., LeBlanc, B., Mintz, J., Toussaint, K. A. (2015). Examination of the relation between an assessment of skills and performance on auditory--visual conditional discriminations for children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 48(1), 52--70. Wiley Online Library.
Fisher, W. W., Pawich, T. L., Dickes, N., Paden, A. R., Toussaint, K. A. (2014). Increasing the saliency of behavior--consequence relations for children with autism who exhibit persistent errors. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 47(4), 738--748. Wiley Online Library.
Toussaint, K. A., Tiger, J. H. (2012). Reducing covert self-injurious behavior maintained by automatic reinforcement through a variable momentary DRO procedure. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 45(1), 179--184. Wiley Online Library.
Kliebert, M. L., Tiger, J. H., Toussaint, K. A. (2011). An approach to identifying the conditions under which response interruption will reduce automatically reinforced problem behavior. Behavior Analysis in Practice. 4(1), 17--26. Springer.
Toussaint, K. A., Tiger, J. H. (2010). Teaching early braille literacy skills within a stimulus equivalence paradigm to children with degenerative visual impairments. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 43(2), 181--194. Wiley Online Library.
Tiger, J. H., Fisher, W. W., Toussaint, K. A., Kodak, T. (2009). Progressing from initially ambiguous functional analyses: Three case examples. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 30(5), 910--926. Elsevier.
Toussaint, K. A. (2009). Teaching Level-1 Braille Reading Skills within a Stimulus Equivalence Paradigm to Children with Progressive Visual Impairments.

Presentations Given

Invited Talk

Sansing, E. M. (Author & Presenter), Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Nebraska Association for Behavior Analysis (NEABA) Speaker Series, Using Videtaped Models to TeachObservational Learning to Young Children with Autism, Nebraska Association for Behavior Analysis (NEABA), Omaha, NE, United States of America. (20202020).

Toussaint, K. A. (Author & Presenter), Wisconsin Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference, A Comparative Evaluation of Functional Analytic Methods, Wisconsin Association for Behavior Analysis (WisABA), Milwaukee, WI, United States of America. (20192019).

Toussaint, K. A. (Author & Presenter), Texas Association for Behavior Analysis, The Measurement and Enhancement of Rapport between Therapists and Children with Autism, Houston, United States of America. (20152015).

Keynote/Plenary Address

Toussaint, K. A. (Author & Presenter), Iceland ABA, Effective Behavior Management Strategies, Icelandic Association of Behavior Analysis, Iceland, Iceland. (20182018).

Poster

Armshaw, G. (Author & Presenter), E. m. (Author), Toussaint, K. A. (Author), 36th Annual TxABA Conference, Teaching the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) without a Second Prompter, Texas Association for Behavior Analysis (TxABA), virtual, United States of America. (20212021).

Clubb, C. (Author & Presenter), Elizabeth, S. (Author), Durham, R. (Author), Toussaint, K. (Author), Bergmann, S. (Author), Texas Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference, A Further Evaluation of Antecedent Variables that Affect Sharing in Children with ASD, Fort Worth, TX, United States of America. (2019).

Durham, R. (Author & Presenter), Bergmann, S. (Author), Toussaint, K. (Author), Texas Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference, An Evaluation of Matrix Training Permutations: Variables for the Practitioner to Consider, Fort Worth, TX, United States of America. (2019).

Sansing, E. (Author & Presenter), Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Texas Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference, Teaching observational learning to children with autism spectrum disorder: An in-vivo and video-model assessment, Texas Association for Behavior Analysis, Houston, Tx, United States of America. (20182018).

Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Texas Association for Behavior Analysis, The effects of providing a brief training package to daycare providers to teach children to sign for social attention, Texas Association for Behavior Analysis, San Antonio, Tx, United States of America. (20142014).

Symposium

Durham, R. (Author), Bergmann, S. (Author), Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Strum, M. (Author & Presenter), Elwood, C. (Author), 47th Annual Convention, The Effects of Varying Matrix Training Arrangements on Recombinative Generalization, Association for Behavior Analysis International, United States of America. (2021 – ).

Durham, R. (Author & Presenter), Bergmann, S. (Author), Toussaint, K. A. (Author), 46th Annual Convention, The Effects of Varying Matrix Training Arrangements on Recombinative Generalization, Association for Behavior Analysis International, United States of America. (20202020).

Clubb, C. (Author & Presenter), Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Bergmann, S. (Author), Sanchez, A. (Author), Durham, R. (Author), Armshaw, J. (Author), Association for Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention, An Evaluation of Variables that Contribute to Sharing in Children with Autism, Washington D.C., United States of America. (2020).

Toussaint, K. A. (Author & Presenter), Lapin, C. (Author), Cortez, K. (Author), Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference, A Sequential Analysis of Therapist and Child Social Behavior Following a Conditioned Reinforcement Procedure, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Stockholm, Sweded, United States of America. (20192019).

Tullis, C. (Author), Carnett, A. (Author & Presenter), Hansen, S. G. (Author), Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Racial, Gender, and Linguistic Diversity in Applied Behavior Analysis: An Analysis and Implications for Training and Practice, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL, United States of America. (20192019).

Sansing, E. M. (Author & Presenter), Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Perkins, C. (Author), Nye, M. (Author), Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, A Comparative Evaluation of Functional Analytic Methods, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL, United States of America. (20192019).

Toussaint, K. A. (Discussant), Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Comparing Procedural Variables in Skill Acquisition Arrangements for Children With Autism, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL, United States of America. (20192019).

Donovan, K. (Author & Presenter), Debar, R. (Author), Vladescu, J. (Author), Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Evaluating the effects of reinforcement magnitude using a token economy, Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Diego, CA, United States of America. (2018).

Sansing, E. (Author & Presenter), Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Association for Behavior Analysis International, Teaching observational learning to children with autism spectrum disorder: An in-vivo and video-model assessment, San Diego, CA, United States of America. (2018).

Degner, B. (Author & Presenter), Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, An evaluation of a continuum of adult-mediated naturalistic language interventions, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Denver, CO, United States of America. (2017).

Cliett, T. (Author & Presenter), Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Cox-Wilshire, T. (Author), Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, An evaluation of teaching compound labels to toddlers using a matrix training approach., Association for Behavior Analysis International, Denver, CO, United States of America. (2017).

Cowan, L. (Author & Presenter), Sansing, E. (Author), Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Tiger, J. (Author), Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, reatment of automatically maintained aggression with punishment and a discrimination training procedure, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Denver, CO, United States of America. (2017).

Cortez, K. (Author & Presenter), Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Hurtado, R. (Author), Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, Sequential analysis of therapist and child social behavior following a conditioned reinforcement procedure, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Denver, CO, United States of America. (2017).

Toussaint, K. A. (Author & Presenter), Association for Behavior Analysis International, Evaluation of a Computer-Based Training Package on Novice Instructors’ Implementation of a Naturalistic Developmental Behavioral Intervention, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL, United States of America. (20162016).

Toussaint, K. A. (Author & Presenter), Association for Behavior Analysis International, The measurement and enhancement of rapport between behavioral therapists and children with autism, Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, Tx, United States of America. (20162016).

Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Association for Behavior Analysis International, Training novice instructors to implement discrete trial instruction and enhanced milieu teaching techniques via video-models and a self-instructional manual., Association for Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, Tx, United States of America. (20152015).

Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Association for Behavior Analysis International, Comparative evaluation of error-correction strategies: with and without positive reinforcement, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, IL, United States of America. (20142014).

Toussaint, K. A. (Author), Association for Behavior Analysis, Behavioral skills training to teach daycare providers infant sign language procedures., Association for Behavior Analysis, Chicago, IL, United States of America. (20142014).

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Grant - Research
Bergmann, S., Schafer, E. C. (Co-Principal), Vaidya, M. (Co-Principal), Toussaint, K. A. (Co-Principal), Mathews, L. (Co-Principal), "Evaluating Hearing Screening Procedures for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Comparing Conventional Methods to an iPad® Device and Exploring the Utility of Behavioral Supports," Sponsored by UNT Research Seed Grant (RSG), University of North Texas, $9000 Funded. (2021 – Present).
Grant - Service
Callahan, K. (Principal), Nichols, S. (Co-Principal), Toussaint, K. A. (Co-Principal), "Focused ABA Services for 28 Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder," Sponsored by Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), State, $167400 Funded. (August 2015August 2019).

Service

University Service

Committee Member, HPS Faculty Leadership Advisory Committee (FLAC). (September 2020 – Present).

Faculty Mentor, UNT Collaborative Action for the Neurodiverse (UNT CAN). (March 2020 – Present).

Faculty Advisor, MS Graduate Advisor. (October 2019 – Present).

Faculty Mentor, DBA/KFAC Faculty Supervisor. (September 2019 – Present).

Committee Member, HPS Promotion & Tenure Review Committee. (September 2019 – Present).

Committee Member, UNT Distinguished Professor Teaching Excellence Award Selection Commitee. (September 2019 – Present).

Chairperson, HSR - PhD Admissions (BEHV Concentration). (September 2018 – Present).

Program Coordinator, HSR - PhD Program Commitee. (September 2018 – Present).

Committee Member, Black Faculty Network. (September 2017 – Present).

Committee Chair, MS Admissions Committee. (January 2014 – Present).

Committee Member, HPS P&T Update Committee. (February 2021August 2021).

Committee Member, HPS Associate Dean of Research Search Committee. (September 2019May 2020).

Guest Speaker, Sesame Street Workshop - Community Conversation Around Autism. (October 1, 2018October 1, 2018).

Committee Member, ABAI Accreditation Site Visit. (September 27, 2018September 28, 2018).

Committee Member, DBA Faculty Search. (January 2018March 2018).

Committee Member, HPS Dean Search Comittee. (August 2016December 2017).

Professional Service

Committee Member, Texas Association for Behavior Analysis Executive Council, Varies, Texas. (March 2019 – Present).

Editorial Review Board Member, Behavior Analysis in Practice, Denton, Texas. (August 2017 – Present).

Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Denton, Texas. (January 2016 – Present).

Track Organizer, Texas Association for Behavior Analysis, Varies, Texas. (May 2015 – Present).

Task Force Member, Behavior Analysis Certification Board, Denver, CO. (April 2021April 2023).

Other, Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Denver, Colorado. (October 2016October 2016).

Public Service

Guest Speaker, Krum High School, Krum, Texas. (January 26, 2019January 26, 2019).

Other, UNT Kristin Farmer Autism Center, Denton, Texas. (January 2013August 2016).

Awards and Honors

2016 Outstanding Service Award, UNT MCNair Scholars Program. (September 2016September 2016).