Brenda Bassingthwaite, PhD, BCBA

PsychologyBrenda Bassingthwaite, PhD, BCBA
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

Phone: 402-559-6408

Professional Summary:

Brenda Bassingthwaite, PhD, BCBA, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at UNMC’s Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation. Dr. Bassingthwaite was trained in school psychology and applied behavior analysis at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. She was a school psychologist for Iowa’s Heartland Area Education Agency and a licensed psychologist and behavioral health manager for the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. At the children’s hospital, she directed behavioral outpatient clinics, supervised graduate-level school psychology and social work students, and led contracts obtained by the Iowa Department of Education, Area Education Agencies, and school districts for training and consultation in the area of functional behavior assessment and intervention. She became a member Iowa’s University Center for Excellence in Disabilities leadership team and participated in the 2018 AUCD Leadership Academy.

Dr. Bassingthwaite joins Munroe-Meyer Institute to support school-based initiatives in behavioral health through the Mid-America Mental Health Technology Transfer Center and contracts with Omaha Public Schools and the Iowa Department of Education. She provides direct service and training to educational teams serving students with persistent challenging behaviors, mental health concerns, and/or developmental disabilities. She consults with educational leadership teams in promoting and implementing a multi-tiered system of support in behavioral health. Her clinical and research interests include functional behavioral assessment and intervention for students with persistent challenging behaviors; evaluation of educator training in functional behavior assessment and behavior intervention; and the use of teleconsultation in school settings.


PhD, University of Iowa, 2007
Specialist, Iowa State University, 1999
MS, Iowa State University, 1998
BS & B.A., North Dakota State University, 1995

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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.

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.