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Jennifer Klapatch Totsch, Ph.D. BCBA-D


Program Director, MS and EdS in Applied Behavior Analysis
Assistant Professor

Programs/Classes Taught:

  • Concepts and Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Measurement and Research Methods in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Skills Assessment and Intervention

  • Functional Assessment and Intervention

  • Supervision & Training in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Ethics in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Radical Behaviorism

  • Verbal Behavior

  • Experimental Analysis of Behavior

  • Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Thesis in Applied Behavior Analysis


Areas of Expertise:


  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Instructional Design
  • Systems analysis
  • Staff training
  • Performance Management
  • Parent training
  • Supervision and consulting



Dr. Klapatch Totsch has worked as a behavior analyst since 2005 in a variety of clinical and educational placements, including foster care, public schools, residential centers, and private practice.  Her professional practice focuses on systems level consultation and support and the design and implementation of pragmatic behavioral interventions to create longstanding, socially significant changes. Prior to joining NLU, Jennifer served as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Applied Professional Practice at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; there, she focused her efforts on improving instructional design and measurement methods in the classroom and designing a competency-based practitioner training program. Jennifer is actively involved in state- and national-level professional organizations as an advocate for increased stringency in the training of behavior analysts and licensure of behavior analysts.


Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology 

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology 

B.A. in Psychology, Purdue University

Research and Interests:

Research interests: 

  • behavior analytic interventions for health-related behaviors
  • staff training
  • instructional design 
  • college teaching 
  • parent training 


Selected recent presentations: 

Klapatch Totsch, J.  (2016).After early detection and diagnosis: Where to go from here.Invited speaker at Autism and Special Needs Seminar. Palos Hills, IL.

Klapatch Totsch, J.  (2016).Competing contingencies: Balancing your responsibilities to clients and supervisees.Invited workshop presenter at UCP Seguin. Tinley Park, IL.

Klapatch Totsch, J.  (2016).ABA and Autism: The who, what, where, and why.Invited speaker at The ARC of Illinois Living with Autism Conference. Lisle, IL.

Kante, L., Clark., S. & Klapatch, J. (Discussant). (2016). Diet and exercise: Behavior-analytic interventions for all ages. Paper presentation at the 42nd Annual Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Chicago, IL.

Klapatch, J. (2016). Applied behavior analysis: Separating fact from fiction. Keynote presentation at The Arc of Illinois Behavior Basics & Beyond Conference, Alsip, Illinois.

Klapatch, J. & Gamba, J. Practicing what we preach: A behavior analytic approach to supervision and training. 8-hour Supervisor Training Requirement fulfilling BACB requirements.

Ray, A. (Facilitator), Smith, S., McClain, F., Jones, A., Bilbrey C., Klapatch, J., Ghori, A. (2014, October). Navigating difficult dialogues: Building your professional cache. Invited panelist, Career Development Week, at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Chicago, IL.

Klapatch, J., Frieder, J. E., & Kazemi, E. (2014, May). 40 years of ABA: preparing competent practitioners Part II: Systematizing the applied experience.  Panel presented at the 40th Annual Applied Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) Conference. Chicago, IL. 

Contact Information:

College of Professional Studies and Advancement 

Chicago Campus

Office 3056

Phone & Fax (312) 261-3409


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