985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450
Brenda Bassingthwaite, PhD, BCBA, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is a Co-Coordinator of the Comprehensive School-Based Mental Health internship track and leads a team of trainees who provide behavior consultation for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities engaging in severe behavior through a contract with Omaha Public Schools. Dr. Bassingthwaite began her career as a school psychologist for Heartland Area Education Agency in Iowa in 1997. In 2007, she received her PhD in school psychology from University of Iowa where she developed clinical expertise in ABA with severe behavior (e.g., self-injury, aggression, property destruction). She subsequently directed outpatient behavioral clinics at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. In 2009, Dr. Bassingthwaite and her colleagues obtained a contract with the Iowa Department of Education to provide apprenticeships in functional behavior assessment to school-based teams throughout the state. This training initiative continued for 10 years, providing training to 19 different behavior teams and changed practices of school-based professionals across Iowa. Through this work, she gained a national reputation for creating systems change for managing severe behavior in school settings and has consulted across the country on the development of similar programs. Dr. Bassingthwaite was recruited in 2019 to MMI to continue her innovative practices in Nebraska.
Dr. Bassingthwaite is committed to growth in leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She participated in Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity and the Association of University Centers in Disabilities Leadership Academy: Shaping the Future of Disability. She is a Co-Facilitator of the MMI Psychology Diversity Committee that explores professional and personal practice related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She enjoys teaching trainees (e.g., master’s level, pre-doctoral interns, post-doctoral fellows) behavior analytic skills while building their awareness of their own professional leadership strengths. Her current clinical and research interests include functional behavioral assessment and intervention for students who engage in severe behaviors; evaluating training methods in functional behavior assessment and behavior intervention; and methods of improving school-based behavior consultation that yield better outcomes for students.
PhD, University of Iowa, 2007
Specialist, Iowa State University, 1999
MS, Iowa State University, 1998
BS & BA, North Dakota State University, 1995
Research Interests and Projects
- Delivery of applied behavior analysis services and consultation in the school setting
- Educator training and consultation in Functional Behavior Assessment and Intervention
- Evaluating an apprenticeship model in training advanced skills in FBA for lasting change (e.g., influential factors in the development of educator’s skills, impact on student performance)
- Association for Behavior Analysis International
- Association of Professionals in Behavior Analysts
- National Association of School Psychology
- Nebraska Association for Behavior Analysis
- Iowa Association for Behavior Analysis
- Behavior Analyst Leadership Council
Manning, M., Prince, A.T., Bassingthwaite, B.J., Hermes, S.H. (2021) Reflection, Retrospection, and Change: Promoting a Dialogue for Change. Rethinking Behavior, 4(3), 9-16.
Lill, J. D., Bassingthwaite, B. J., & Cox, J. L. (2021). Applying behavioral analytic consultation to schools to assess and treat a student's elopement. Psychology in the Schools. https://doi.org/10.1002/pits.22489.
- Bassingthwaite, B.J., Graber, J.E., Weaver, A.D., Wacker, D.P., White-Staecker, D., Bergthold, S., & Judkins, P. (2018) Using teleconsultation to develop independent skills of school-based behavior teams in functional behavior assessment. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 28(3). 297-318. https://doi.org/10.1080/10474412.2018.1431548.
- Wacker, D. P., Berg, W. K., Bassingthwaite, B. J., Kopelman, T. G., Schieltz, K. M., Padilla Dalmau, Y. C., Lindgren, S. D., & Lee, J. F. (2015). Conducting Functional Analysis of Behavior. In F. Brown, J. Anderson, and R. De Pry (Eds.) Individual Positive Behavior Supports: A Standards-Based Guide to Practices in School and Community Settings (pp. 303-326). Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing.