Samantha Bergmann received her B.A. from University of Minnesota, her M.A. from Western Michigan University, and her Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she was mentored by Dr. Tiffany Kodak. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. Dr. Bergmann is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has conducted research, provided supervision, and implemented applied behavior analytic interventions to address skill deficits and reduce problem behavior with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities in a public school, university-based clinic, and clients’ homes.
Her doctoral dissertation was supported by a graduate research grant from the Organization of Autism Research (OAR) and a Distinguished Dissertator Fellowship; this project examined the effects of treatment integrity errors on skill acquisition. She has presented her work at several regional and national conferences including the Association for Behavior Analysis International’s annual conference. Her work has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Analysis of Verbal Behavior, and the Psychological Record.
Ph.D., Psychology, Major: Behavior Analysis, Minor: Developmental Psychopathology University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Dissertation Title: Establishing Quality Standards for Applied Behavior Analytic Skill- Acquisition Interventions: A Translational Model with Undergraduate Students Dissertation Advisor: Tiffany Kodak, Ph.D., BCBA-D Additional graduate-level coursework University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
M.A., Behavior Analysis
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
B.A., Psychology and Spanish Studies, summa cum laude University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Through research and clinical activities, applied behavior analysis (ABA) has made great strides in developing empirically-supported treatments and interventions to effectively ameliorate behavioral excesses and deficits experienced by individuals with developmental disabilities, intellectual disability, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families.
Throughout my graduate career, I conducted research on assessments and interventions based on principles of ABA to address academic and behavioral needs of children diagnosed with ASD and other developmental disabilities as well as typically developing children. I implemented and supervised clinical services at a public school, university research clinic, and clients’ homes. In addition to client-driven research, I adopted translational approaches to research topics of applied interest including treatment integrity, auditory discrimination, and verbal behavior. As an assistant professor, I intend to continue to contribute to the literature with clinical and translational research in four areas (a) efficacious and efficient skill-acquisition assessments and interventions, (b) stimulus control and conditional discrimination, (c) treatment integrity of behavior-analytic interventions, and (d) verbal behavior. I intend to submit grant proposals to public and private entities to fund research in these four areas.