Sara Kupzyk, PhD, BCBA-D
- Assistant Professor
- ASH 347 H
- Applied Behavior Analysis
TeachingPSYC 9470 (Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis)
PSYC 9040 (Proseminar Learning)
PSYC 9100 (Small N Research Designs)
ResearchDr. Kupzyk’s research interests include (1) caregiver involvement in learning/home-school collaboration (helping practitioners and teachers give parents guidance for helping their children with basic academic skills), (2) strategies for preventing and intervening to address problems with treatment integrity (i.e., implementing plans or treatments as intended), and (3) school consultation for children with behavioral concerns.
8/2019 – present
University of Nebraska – Omaha
Department of Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis Program
Department of Psychology
Post-doctoral Psychology Fellow
Department of Psychology
Pre-doctoral Psychology Intern
Munroe-Meyer Institute, Nebraska Internship Consortium
National Center for Research on Rural Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Project Manager, Response to Intervention
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
PhD, Psychological Studies in Education, School Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dissertation: Teachers engaging parents as tutors to improve oral reading fluency
MA, Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas, Lawrence
Thesis: Evaluation of an exercise program for adults with developmental disabilities living in a community setting
BA, Psychology, Colorado State University-Pueblo
Licensed Psychologist #851
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Certification #1-10-7432
Publications and Presentations
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
LaBrot, Z. C., Kupzyk, S., Strong-Bak, W., Pasqua, J. L., & Mahon, J. (In press). Examination of group-based behavioral skills training for parents of children with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disorders. Child & Family Behavior Therapy.
Kupzyk, S. & Allen, K.D. (submitted for publication; invited paper). Pediatric prevention: Dental hygiene. Pediatric Clinics.
Kupzyk, S. & Allen, K.D. (2019). A review of strategies to increase comfort and compliance with medical/dental routines in persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. https://rdcu.be/bf1P6
Kupzyk, S., Daly, E.J. III. (2017). Teachers training parents as reading tutors. Contemporary School Psychology, 21, 140-151. doi 10.1007/s40688-016-0113-y
Kupzyk, S., & Shriver, M.D. (2016). A systematic framework for addressing treatment integrity in school settings. Psychology in the Schools, 53, 954-970. doi: 10.1002/pits.21955
Amanda N. Zangrillo, William J. Warzak, Valerie M. Volkert, Rachel J. Valleley, Mark D. Shriver, Nicole M. Rodriguez, Holly J. Roberts, Cathleen C. Piazza, Kathryn M. Peterson, Suzanne M. Milnes, Kathryn M. Menousek, Terri L. Mathews, Kevin C. Luczynski, Sara S. Kupzyk, Brett R. Kuhn, William J. Higgins, Allison O. Grennan, Brian D. Greer, Wayne W. Fisher, Joseph H. Evans, Keith D. Allen. (2016). The Munroe-Meyer approach: Continuous integration of didactic instruction, research, and clinical practice. Behavior Analyst, 39, 157–166. doi: 10.1007/s40614-016-0062-9
Kupzyk, S. Banks, B. M., & Chadwell, M. (2015). Collaborating with refugee families to increase early literacy opportunities: A pilot investigation. Contemporary School Psychology, 20, 205-217. doi: 10.1007/s40688-015-0074-6
Valleley, R. J., Romer, N., Kupzyk, S, Evans, J.H., and Allen, K.D. (2014). Behavioral health screening in pediatric in primary care: A case study. Journal of Primary Care Community Health, 1-6.
Kupzyk, S. Daly, E. J. III, & Andersen, M. N. (2012). Preparing teachers to train parents in the use of evidence-based tutoring strategies for reading fluency. Contemporary School Psychology, 16, 129-140.
Daly, E. J. III, Kupzyk, S. (2012). An investigation of parent-delivered and student selected reading interventions. Journal of Behavioral Education, 21, online. doi: 10.1007/s10864-012-9149-x
Kupzyk, S., Daly, E.J. III, Ihlo, T., & Young, N. (2012). Modifying instruction within tiers in multi-tiered intervention programs. Psychology in the Schools, 49, 219-230.
Kupzyk, S., Daly, E. J. III, & Andersen, M. N. (2011). A comparison of two flashcard methods for improving sight-word reading. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 781-792.
Kupzyk, S., McCurdy, M., Hofstadter, K. L., & Berger, L. (2011). Recorded readings: A taped parent-tutoring intervention. Journal of Behavioral Education, 20, 87-102. doi: 10.1007/s10864-011-9123-z
Andersen, M. N., Hofstadter, K. L., Kupzyk, S., Daly, E. J. III, Bleck, A. A., Collaro, A. L., Jones, K. E., Clure, L. F., & Blevins, C. A. (2010). A guiding framework for integrating the consultation process and behavior analytic practice in schools: The Treatment Validation Consultation Model. Journal of Behavior Assessment and Intervention in Children, 1, 53-84.
Daly, E. J. III, Kupzyk, S., Bossard, M., Street, J., & Dymacek, R. (2009). Taking RtI 'to scale': Developing and implementing a quality RtI process. Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools, 9, 102-126.
Kulkosky, P. J., Wise, V. J., Brandt [Kupzyk], S., & Chavez, K. J. (2004). Interaction of TRH and CCK in the satiation of alcohol intake. Physiology & Behavior, 82, 53-56.
Marotz, L., & Kupzyk, S. (2018). Parenting Today’s Children: A Developmental Perspective. Boston, MA: Cengage.
Allen, K. A., & Kupzyk, S. (2016). Compliance with medical routines. In J. K. Luiselli, (Ed), Behavioral health promotion and intervention for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (pp 21-42). New York: Springer Publishing.
Daly, E. J. III, & Kupzyk, S. (2012). Teaching Reading. In G. J. Madden, W. V. Dube, T. D. Hackenberg, & G. P. Hanley (Eds.), APA Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis, Volume 2: Translating principles into practice (pp. 497-512). Washington DC, American Psychological Association.
Daly, E. J. III, Barnett, D., Kupzyk, S., & Hofstadter, K. (2009). Summarizing, evaluating, and drawing inferences from intervention data. In E. J. Daly, & K. W. Merrell, (Eds.), The practical handbook of school psychology: Effective practices for the 21st Century (pp. 497-512). New York: Guilford Publications.
Kupzyk, S., LaBrot, Z.C. (2019, May). Behavioral parent training to promote academic achievement in children with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Symposium presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 45th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
Kupzyk, S., Hebert, E. (2019, May). I can do this!: Using self-reported confidence to inform caregiver workshop series on child academics. Paper presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 45th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
Kupzyk, S., LaBrot, Z.C., & Strong-Bak, W. (2019, February). Enhancing capacity for parent engagement with academic skills. Mini-skills presentation presented at the National Association of School Psychologists 2019 Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.
Cordle, N., & Kupzyk, S. (2019, February). Teaching the Alphabet to a High School Student with ASD. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychologists 2019 Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.
LaBrot, Z.C., Kupzyk, S., Strong-Bak, W., Pasqua, J., & Mahon, J. (2018, May). Group-based behavioral skills training to promote parents’ use of effective instructions with struggling learners. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 44th Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.
Zawoyski, A., Kupzyk, S., & Engler, C. (2017, May). Treatment of Noncompliance with Medical Procedures in Pediatric Primary Care. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 43rd Annual Convention, Denver, CO.
Kupzyk, S., & Shriver, M. (2014 May). Effects of parent training on treatment integrity and academic skills. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 40th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
Recent Grants/External Funding2018 Co-investigator. Interdisciplinary Personnel Preparation in Systemic School-Based Behavioral Intervention. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education. Principal investigator: Mark Shriver, PhD. Amount: $1,250,000 (5 years)
2018 Kupzyk, S. & Reelfs, H. Co-Project Directors, Effects of cybercycling on academic functioning and health outcomes on children with autism spectrum disorder, Munroe-Meyer Institute Seed Grant: Interdisciplinary Research Project, 2018, $26, 484.
2017 Kupzyk, S. Project Director, Academic Evaluation and Intervention Clinic and Parent Training Program, United Way of the Midlands, Karnett Trust Grant, 2017-2020, $66,853.
Honors and Awards
2019 Researcher Stand-Out, Munroe-Meyer Institute
2017 Excellence Award: Outstanding Scholarly Productivity, Department of Psychology, Munroe-Meyer Institute
2010 Outstanding Student in School Psychology Award, Nebraska School Psychologists Association
2009 Bath Family Award from the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2008 Sidney W. and Janet R. Bijou Fellowship from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior