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Catherine Kishel, Ph.D., BCBA

BCBA Supervisor



Dr. Kishel is a Postdoctoral Fellow and BCBA supervisor in the Severe Behavior Program at Children’s Specialized Hospital-Rutgers University Center for Autism Research, Education, and Services. She is a part-time lecturer in the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master’s in Special Education and Behavior Analysis from Rutgers University. She received a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida. She has served as a guest reviewer for The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Her primary research interests include the assessment and treatment of severe behavior, particularly within the context of using multiple and chained schedules of reinforcement. She has also conducted research within the realm of assessing and treating stereotypy as well as conversation skill deficits.


Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2023

M.Ed., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 2018

B.A., Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 2013

Research Interests:

  • Assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders
  • Assessment and treatment of stereotypy
  • Conversation skills in individuals with ASD


Kishel, C., & Vollmer, T. (2022). An assessment of response to conversation cues of uninterest conducted via Telehealth. Behavior Modification, 47(2), 454–475.

Sloman, K.N., McGarry, K.M., Kishel, C., & Hawkins, A.P. (2022). A comparison of RIRD within chained and multiple schedules in the treatment of vocal stereotypy. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.1-19.

Maraventano, J. C., Kishel, C. B., LaRue, R. H., Budge, J., & Singer, D. (2021). The effects of signaled delays on the effectiveness of Differential reinforcement of other Behavior (DRO) reinforcement systems. Journal of Behavioral Education.