Amanda Karsten

Amanda Karsten

Assistant Professor - Applied Behavior Analysis

  • B.S, Ph.D., Western Michigan University

Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral (BCBA-D)

Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA)

Office: 2139 Au Sable Hall

Phone: (616) 331-2388




Applied Behavior Analysis

Courses Taught

PSY 310 - Behavior Modification

PSY 522 - Applied Behavior Analysis I: Foundational Concepts and Principles

PSY 527 - Ethics and Diversity in Professional Practice

Research Interests

My clinical and scholarly interests include practitioner training, social-communication deficits of young adults with ASD, and the portability and effectiveness of behavioral interventions for people with disabilities and their caregivers.


Mann, C. C. & Karsten, A. M. (in press). Assessment and treatment of prosody behavior in individuals with autism: A review and call for research. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.

Mann, C. C. & Karsten, A. M. (2020). Efficacy and social validity of procedures for improving conversation skills of college students with ASD. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 53, 402-421. doi: 10.1002/jaba.600

Spear, M. A., Karsten, A. M., & White, E. A. (2018). Restricted interests and autism: Further assessment of preferences for unfamiliar leisure items. Behavior Modification, 48(1), 108-125. doi: 10.1177/ 0145445516686301

Donnelly, M. G. & Karsten, A. M. (2017). Effects of programmed teaching errors on acquisition and durability of self-care skills. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50, 511-528. doi: 10.1002/jaba.390       

Kisamore, A. N., Karsten, A. M., & Mann, C. C. (2016). Teaching multiply controlled intraverbals to children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49, 826-847. doi: 10.1002/jaba.344      

Spiegel, H. J., Kisamore, A. N., Vladescu, J. C., & Karsten, A. M. (2016). The effects of video modeling with voiceover instruction and on-screen text on parent implementation of guided compliance. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 38(4), 299-317. doi: 10.1080/07317107.2016.1238690

Karsten, A. M., Axe, J. B., & Mann, C. C. (2015). Review and discussion of strategies to address low trainer-to-staff ratios. Behavioral Interventions, 30, 295-313. doi: 10.1002/bin.1420

Kisamore, A. N., Karsten, A. M., Mann, C. C., & Conde, K. A. (2013). Effects of a differential observing response on complex intraverbal performance of preschool children. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 29, 101-108. doi: 10.1002/jaba.344

Graff, R. B. & Karsten, A. M. (2012). Assessing preferences of individuals with special needs: A survey of current practices. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 5, 37-48.

Karsten, A. M., Andrade, M., Cividini-Motta, C., Conde, K. A., Donnelly, M. G., et al. (2012). A review of Behavioral Foundations of Effective Autism Treatment. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 5, 47-52.

Graff, R. B. & Karsten, A. M. (2012). Evaluation of a self-instruction package for conducting preference assessments. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 69-82. doi: 10.1901/jaba.2012.45-69

Karsten, A. M., Carr, J. E., & Lepper, T. L. (2011). Description of a progressive model for identifying preferred stimuli with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Behavior Modification, 35(4), 347-369. doi:10.1177/0145445511405184

Sidener, T.  M., Carr, J. E., Karsten, A. M., Severtson, J. M., Cornelius, C. E., Heinecke, M. R. (2010). Effects of single and multiple verbal operant arrangements for teaching mands and tacts. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 26, 15-30.

Karsten, A. M. & Carr, J. E. (2009). The effects of differential reinforcement of unprompted responding on skill acquisition of children with autism. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 327-334. doi: 10.1901/ jaba.2009.42-327

Karsten, A. M. & Carr, J. E. (2008). Behavioral contributions to Teaching of Psychology: An annotated bibliography.  The Behavior Analyst, 31, 23-37.

Woods, D. W., Himle, M. B., Miltenberger, R. G., Carr, J. E., Osmon, D. C., Karsten, A. M., Jostad, C., & Bosch, A. (2008). Durability, negative impact, and neuropsychological predictors of tic suppression in children with chronic tic disorder. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 36, 237-245. doi: 10.1007/s10802-007-9173-9

LeBlanc, L. A., Esch, J., Sidener, T. M., & Firth, A. M. (2006). Behavioral language interventions for children with autism: Comparing applied verbal behavior and naturalistic teaching approaches. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 22, 49-60.

Carr, J. E., & Firth, A. M. (2005). The verbal behavior approach to early and intensive behavioral intervention for autism: A call for additional empirical support. Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention, 2, 18-27.

Sidener, T. M., Carr, J. E., & Firth, A. M. (2005).  Superimposing and withholding of edible consequences as treatment for automatically reinforced stereotypy. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 38,119-122. doi: 10.1901/jaba.2005.58-04

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