Amanda Karsten

Amanda Karsten
Faculty Specialist II
Office: 
(586) 286-2029
Location: 
Macomb University Center Building 1, Office 203
Mailing address: 
Western Michigan University - Metro Detroit
Macomb University Center Building 1, Office 203
44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, MI 48038-1139
Education: 
  • Post-Doctoral Intern (Part-Time), New England Center for Children, 2009-2011
  • Pre-Doctoral Intern, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2007-2008
  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University, 2008
  • M.S., Western Michigan University, 2007
  • B.A., Western Michigan University, 2003
Teaching interests: 
  • Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention
  • Ethics
  • Supervised ABA Practicum
Research interests: 
  • Assessment and treatment of social-communication deficits associated with ASD
  • Treatment portability and effectiveness
  • Practitioner training
Bio: 

Dr. Amanda Karsten is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University. She works primarily with WMU students and practicum supervisors who participate in the Extended University (Hybrid) track of the Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis Program. Dr. Karsten has over 16 years of experience practicing ABA and conducting applied research with people diagnosed with autism from early childhood through young adulthood.

Prior to joining the faculty of WMU in summer 2017, Dr. Karsten was an associate professor at Western New England University. She currently serves on the editorial board of Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) and she is an Associate Editor for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB). Dr. Karsten and her student collaborators have published their research in peer-reviewed journals such as JABA, TAVB, and Behavior Modification.

Dr. Karsten invites students who meet the following qualifications to submit an application to the Extended University Program (EUP) Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis: a) students who are committed to applying the science of behavior to improve quality of life for people with developmental disabilities; b) students who see value in practitioner training that is equal parts rigorous academic coursework and supervised opportunities to deliver ABA services “to scale” in WMU-approved, community-based practicum sites; and c) students who can travel to the University Center at Macomb Community College in Clinton Township one Saturday per month for in-person mentoring and instruction by WMU faculty. Please visit our EUP website for additional details about the Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis – Metro Detroit and contact Dr. Karsten (amanda.karsten@wmich.edu) or Dr. Jonathan Baker (Program Coordinator) with further questions regarding our program or the application process.