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Tamara Marder, PhD, BCBA-D

Associate Professor

Keywords: Behavior; special education

O: (410) 516-9775

Tamara Marder serves as an associate professor for the applied behavior analysis, autism, and severe disabilities programs. A licensed psychologist and a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D), she has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis since 1994 and has extensive experience working with children with developmental disabilities and families in a variety of settings, including, schools, homes and hospitals. Her research interests include improving learning outcomes for students with developmental disabilities and autism through effective training and preparation of educators and professionals who provide educational services. This includes training educators on implementing evidence-based practices (EBPs) with fidelity, and preparing special educators in the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA). In 2015, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association.

EDUCATION

2002 Ph.D., School Psychology
Lehigh University, College of Education, Bethlehem, PA
(APA & NASP Approved)
Dissertation Title: Antecedent Analysis of Choice and Preference on Escape Maintained Challenging Behavior of Children with Developmental Disabilities

1994 M.S.Ed., Psychological Services
University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA
(APA Approved)

1993 B.S., Psychology; Religious Studies; Jewish Studies Certificate
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION

2005 Licensed Psychologist, State of Maryland, #04031

2007 Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D) #1-07-3304

RECENT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Johns Hopkins University 6/2008-present

  • Associate Professor, School of Education, Program Coordinator Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism, and Severe Disabilities programs
  • Affiliated Faculty Member, Wendy Klag Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014-present
  • Special Education Program Lead, 2012-2013 Assistant Professor 2011-2016 Faculty Associate – 2008-2011

Achieve Beyond, Falls Church, VA 9/2010-6/2011
Director, Autism and Behavioral Services Program

Ivymount School, Rockville, MD 7/2006-5/2010
Director, Autism Outreach and Consultation Services, Ivymount Outreach Programs, Inc.

Ivymount School, Rockville, MD 9/2001-6/2006
Director, Autism Program

Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD 9/2000- 9/2001
Clinical Specialist II, Department of Behavioral Psychology, Neurobehavioral Outpatient Clinic

GRANTS AND CONTRACTS AWARDED

Marder, T., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2018-2019). Johns Hopkins University School of Education
(JHUSOE) Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for Educators in Baltimore City Public Schools. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Amount: $46,479.00.(Role: Co-PI-responsible for coordinating faculty, advising enrolled students, responsible for data collection and writing interim and final reports; 5%).

Marder, T., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2018-2019). Johns Hopkins University School of Education (JHUSOE) Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Educators in Baltimore City Public Schools – Continuation of Funding for Practicum Experience. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Amount: $40,491.00. (Role: Co-PI–responsible for coordinating faculty, advising enrolled students, responsible for data collection and writing interim and final reports; 10%).

Marder, T., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2017-2018). Johns Hopkins University School of Education (JHUSOE) Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Educators in Baltimore City Public Schools. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Amount: $42,684.00. JHU Award # 180554 (Role: Co- PI-responsible for coordinating faculty, advising enrolled students, responsible for data collection and writing interim and final reports; 10%).

Marder, T., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2017-2018). Johns Hopkins University School of Education (JHUSOE) certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Educators in Prince Georges County – Continuation of Funding for Practicum Experience/Professional Learning Priority. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Amount: $25,494.00. (Role: Co-PI–responsible for coordinating faculty, advising enrolled students, responsible for data collection and writing interim and final reports; 10%).

Marder, T., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2016-2017). Johns Hopkins University School of Education (JHUSOE) certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Educators in Prince Georges County Public Schools. Sponsored by the Maryland Departmentof Education. Amount: $21,879.00. JHU Award # 124082 (Role: Co-PI-responsible for coordinating faculty, advising enrolled students, responsible for data collection and writing interim and final reports; 5%).

Marder, T., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2016-2017). Johns Hopkins University School of Education (JHUSOE) certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis for Special Educators – Continuation of Funding for Practicum Experience/Professional Learning Priority. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Amount: $29,205.00. JHU Award # 124084 (Role: Co-PI–responsible for coordinating faculty, advising enrolled students, responsible for data collection and writing interim and final reports; 10%).

Marder, T., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2015-2016). Certificate in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Amount: $80,000. JHU Award # 164476 (Role: Co-PI–responsible for coordinating faculty, advising enrolled students, responsible for data collection and writing interim and final reports; 10%).

Marder, T., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2014-2015). Certificate in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Amount: $57,852.00. JHU Award # 154890. (Role: Co-PI-responsible for coordinating faculty, advising enrolled students, supervising program coordinator, responsible for data collection and writing interim and final reports; 10%).

Marder, T., (2014-2015). Autism Hybrid Graduate Certificate Program. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Award # 154218. Amount: $126,174.00. (Role: PI- responsible for coordinating faculty, advising enrolled students, supervising program coordinator, responsible for data collection and writing interim and final reports; 15%).

Marder, T., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2013-2014). Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
(ABA). Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Amount: $95,311.00. JHU Award # 144424. (Role: Co-PI–responsible for coordinating faculty, advising enrolled students, supervising program coordinator, responsible for data collection and writing interim and final reports; 10%).

Marder, T., (2013-2014). Autism Hybrid Graduate Certificate Program. Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Amount: $124,575.00. JHU Award # 144420. (Role: PI-responsible for coordinating faculty, advising enrolled students, supervising program coordinator, integral to data collection and writing interim and final reports; 15%).

deBettencourt, L. U. (2011-2013). Autism Training for Early Childhood Professionals in Maryland Sponsored by the Maryland Department of Education. Amount: Approximately $154,000/per year. JHU Award # 124379 and 113050. (Marder, T. Role: Program Coordinator, responsible for data collection and writing drafts of interim and final reports).

PUBLICATIONS

Publications-Peer Reviewed Journals
Marder, T. & deBettencourt, L.U. (2015). Teaching students with ASD using evidence-based practices: Why is training critical now? Teacher Education and Special Education: The Journal of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, 3, 5- 12.

Marder, T. J. & deBettencourt, L.U. (2012). Using a hybrid model to prepare special educators to teach students identified with ASD. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 31(3), 12-23.

Kern, L., Marder, T. J., Boyajian, A., Elliot, C. M., & McElhattan, D. (1997). Augmenting the independence of self-management procedures by teaching self-initiations across settings and activities. School Psychology Quarterly, 12, 23-32.

Kern, L., & Marder, T. J. (1996). A comparison of simultaneous and delayed reinforcement of food acceptance in a selective eater. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 29, 243-246.

Kern, L., Mauk, J. E., Marder, T.J., & Mace, F. C (1995). Functional analysis and treatment of breath holding. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 28, 339-340.

Book Chapters
Cole, C. L., Marder, T. J., & McCann, L. (2000). Self monitoring. In E. S. Shapiro & T. R. Kratochwill (Eds.), Conducting school assessments of behavior: A practical guide. New York, Guilford Publications.

Publications-Under Review
Fraser, D. W., Marder, T. J., deBettencourt, L. U., Myers, L. A., Kalymon, K. M., & Harrell, R.M. Using a virtual reality environment to train special educators working with students with autism spectrum disorder to implement discrete trial teaching. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

Publications-Non-refereed Journals
Marder, T. & Fraser, D. (2012). Evidence-based practice for special educators teaching students with autism. New Horizons for Learning, 10. https://education.jhu.edu/PD/newhorizons/Journals/specialedjournal/MarderandFraser.

Marder, T. J. (2010). Understanding Challenging Behaviors. Washington Jewish Week.

Marder, T.J. (2008). Coping with Challenging Behaviors. Washington Parent.

Marder, T. J., Hoffman, M. E. (2008). Getting Started: Toilet Training for Children with Autism. Washington Parent.

Marder, T. J., (2007). Autism Spectrum Disorders: Choosing the Best Treatment. Washington Parent.

Marder, T. J. (2005). Early Signs of Autism. All Kinds of Kids: Washington Parent.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

Professional Conference Presentations
Vera, R. & Marder, T. J. (2015). Behavioral Skills Training and Feedback from Video Observation for Prospective. Presented at the Wendy Klag Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities Symposium: Learning about Autism from Studies Big and Small, Baltimore, MD.

Majoros, S. B, & Marder, T. J. (2015). The Use of Rapid Motor Imitation Antecedent to Develop Vocal Responding in Young Children Diagnosed with Autism. Presented at the Wendy Klag Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities Symposium: Learning about Autism from Studies Big and Small, Baltimore, MD.

Marder, T. J., & Fraser, D. (2014). Identifying, Implementing, and Analyzing the Effectiveness of Evidence-Based Practices. Facilitated discussion presented at OCALICON, Columbus, OH.

Marder, T. J., Fraser, D., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2014). Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Post Master’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Teacher Education Division Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Fraser, D., & Marder, T. J. (2014). Using a hybrid model to prepare educators to teach students identified with ASD. Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities Conference, Clearwater Beach, FL.

Marder, T. J., & Fraser, D. (2013). Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Post Master’s Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis. Poster presented at the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis Conference (MABA), Baltimore, MD.

Fraser, D., Marder, T. J., & deBettencourt, L. U. (2013). A hybrid model for teachers of students with Autism: Using web enhanced and online instruction. Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Teacher Education Division, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Marder, T. J., & Holt, S. E. (2007). A model for training staff to be successful instructors in an ABA autism program. Workshop presented at the 25th Annual Issues in Autism Conference (COSAC), Atlantic City, NJ.

Professional Workshops
Marder, T. J., (2018, August). What really is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?. Keynote Address presented Howard County Public Schools’ Department of Special Education Professional Learning Day, Fulton, MD.

Marder, T. J., (2015, October). Understanding Reinforcement: It’s Not Just M&Ms, Workshop presented at the RISE for Autism Third Annual Conference, Linthicum, MD.

Marder, T. J. (2015, February). Overview of Autism and Evidence-Based Practices. Workshop presented at Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, Rockville, MD.

Marder, T.J. & Fraser, D (2014, April). Effective Strategies for Problem Behaviors. Workshop presented at Montgomery County Public Schools Special Education Summit, Rockville, MD.

Marder, T.J. (April to May 2013). Identifying and Addressing Challenging Behaviors. Carl Sandburg Learning Center, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD.

Marder, T. J. (2010, April). Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) What is it? Autism Training Seminar, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD. Sponsored by Montgomery College, Madison House Foundation, and the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Aging and Disability Services.

Marder, T. J. (2009, November). Understanding Autism: How To Address the Challenges. Professional development workshops presented to the staff of the Montgomery Child Care Association, Rockville, MD

Marder, T. J. (2009, June). Autism: Meeting the Challenges, Assessment and Intervention. Workshop presented to the Mental Health Association In Talbot County, Easton, MD.

EDITORIAL AND REVIEW ACTIVITIES

Reviewer, Teacher Education and Special Education, 2011-present
Reviewer, Brookes Publishing Company, 2017-2018
Guest Editor, Special Issue on Autism, Teacher Education and Special Education, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015
Reviewer, National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2012
Guest Reviewer, Hellenic Journal of Psychology, 2014
Guest Reviewer, Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention, 2006-2007
Guest Reviewer, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 2000

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA)
Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis (MABA)
District of Columbia Association for Behavior Analysis (DCABA)

STATE, LOCAL, AND UNIVERSITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES

Member-at-Large, District of Columbia Association for Behavior Analysis, 2017-2019
Faculty Evaluation Advisory Board, Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, 2018-2019
Co-chair, Student Academic Affairs Committee, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, 2015-2018
Student Academic Affairs Committee, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, 2014-2015
Disability Inclusion Committee, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, 2015
Committee on Assessment and Program Improvement, Johns Hopkins University School of Education, 2012-2014
Curriculum and Policy Committee, Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, 2012-2014
Committee on Diversity & Civility, Johns Hopkins University, School of Education, 2011-2012

COURSES TAUGHT

873.601 Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education
873.605 Ethics and Professional Conduct for Behavior Analysts
873.606 Applications of ABA in the Classroom
873.610 ABA Practicum I
873.611 ABA Practicum II
877.551 Survey of Autism and Other Pervasive Developmental Disorders
877.553 Classroom Programming for Students with Autism
877.810 Induction Internship Severe Disabilities
877.811 Culmination Internship in Severe Disabilities
877.830 Advanced Graduate Project

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE ACTIVITES

Achieve Beyond, Autism and Behavioral Services Program Director, 9/2010-6/2011

Ivymount Outreach Programs, Inc., Ivymount School, Director and Consultant, Autism Outreach and Consultation Services, 7/2006-5/2010

Ivymount School, Autism Program, Director, 9/2001-6/2006

Kennedy Krieger Institute, Department of Behavioral Psychology, Neurobehavioral Outpatient Clinic, Clinical Specialist II, 9/2000-9/2001

Community Choices, Adult Training Facility and Older Adult Day Program, Lehigh University, Director/ResearchScientist,7/1997-6/1999

CONSULTATION ACTIVITIES

Staff Supervision and Training (November 2011- June 2016)
Jewish Foundation for Group Home (JFGH)s, Rockville, MD

Independent Contractor (July 2011- June 2013)
Weinfeld Education Group, LLC., Silver Spring, MD

Professional Development Consultant (July 2010-March 2011)
AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation, Washington, DC.