Kevin C. Luczynski, PhD

Kevin Luczynski, PhDKevin C. Luczynski, Ph.D.,
Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

Phone: (402) 559-4056
E-mail: kevin.luczynski@unmc.edu


Professional Summary:

Kevin Luczynski is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Director for the recently initiated Virtual Care Program at the Munroe Meyer Institute.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Illinois State University in 2004.  From 2004 to 2006, Dr. Luczynski worked as a Clinical Specialist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Kennedy Krieger Institute where the intensity of the clinical services improved his understanding of within-subject methodology, environmental determinants of behavior, and the value of working within a community of clinical experts.  During this period, he also earned a Master of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.  Dr. Luczynski earned his Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis at Western New England University under the supervision of Dr. Gregory P. Hanley in 2011 and completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Wayne Fisher in the same year.

Luczynski Faculty GraphicCurrently, he specializes in leveraging web-based technologies to provide parent training and early intervention services to families who live in areas where there are few or no professionals trained in applied behavior analysis.  This direction for expanding services in applied behavior analysis is supported, in part, by a grant from the Department of Defense because access to high-quality services is especially important to military families with a child with autism who tend to serve in remote areas. In 2013, Dr. Luczynski and colleagues partnered with Autism Action Partnership, a Nebraska-based organization passionate about advocating and supporting families touched by autism, to leverage web-based technologies to provide teacher training and assist in designing and monitoring skill-acquisition and behavior-management programs to schools throughout Nebraska.

Dr. Luczynski’s area of service delivery had led to several new lines of research: (a) comparing the accuracy, reliability, and efficiently of different measurement systems for scoring child-parent interactions in their home over extended observation periods, (b) determining the accuracy and reliability of infrared-capable cameras with motion-detection software for measuring children’s nighttime sleep disturbances and comparing the additive and interactional effects of behavioral and pharmacological treatments for improving children’s sleep, and (c) evaluating the extent that parent-training procedures promote generalization and maintenance of parents ability to teach functional-communication and delay-tolerance skills at home and identify potential barriers to sustained treatment implementation.

Education:

PhD, Western New England University, Springfield, MA, 2011
MA, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, 2006
BA, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 2004

Courses Taught:

Faculty Fellow, Introduction to Psychology, Western New England University, Springfield, MA, 2008- 2010
Assistant Professor, Verbal Behavior, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2011
Assistant Professor, Quantitative and Experimental Analysis of Behavior, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, 2013

Research Interests and Projects:

  • Prevention of problem behavior
  • Strategies to promote skill generalization and maintenance
  • Functional analysis and treatment of severe problem behavior
  • Assessment and treatment of children’s sleep disturbances
  • Comparison of data-collection systems
  • Client preference
  • Identification of barriers to treatment integrity
  • Objectively determining client’s preference for intervention and teaching strategies
  • Identification and remediation of barriers to treatment integrity
  • Improving advanced conversation and social skills with individuals with autism

Publications: (within the last 5 years)

  • Luczynski, K. C., & Hanley, G. P. (in press). How should periods without social interaction be scheduled? Child preference for practical schedules of positive-reinforcement. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Luczynski, K. C., Hanley, G. P., and Rodriguez, N. M. (in press). An evaluation of the generalization and maintenance of functional communication and self-control skills with preschoolers. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Luczynski, K. C., & Hanley, G. P. (2013). Prevention of problem behavior by teaching functional communication and self-control skills to preschoolers. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 46, 355-386. (Lead Article)
  • Fisher, W. W., Rodriguez, N. M., Luczynski, K. C., & Kelley, M.E. (2013). The use of protective equipment in the management of severe behavior disorders. In Handbook of Crisis Intervention for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Reed, DiGennaro Reed, & Luiselli (Eds)
  • Luczynski, K. C., & Hanley, G. P. (2010). Evaluating the generality of children’s preferences for contingent reinforcement via extension to different responses, reinforcers, and schedules. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43, 397-409. 
  • Luczynski, K. C., & Hanley, G. P. (2009). Do children prefer contingencies? An evaluation of the efficacy of and preference for contingent versus noncontingent social reinforcement during play. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 511-525.
  • Kuhn, D. E., Hardesy, S. L., & Luczynski, K. C. (2009). Further evaluation of antecedent social events during functional analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 349-353.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Psychology Association, Division 25
  • Association for Behavior Analysis International
  • Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy
  • Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Society of the Teaching of Psychology 

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