Christie L. Nutkins, Ph.D.


bhpnutkinsEDUCATION

The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
Graduate Certificate, Applied Behavior Analysis, August, 2011

Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI
Doctor of Philosophy, School Psychology, May 8, 2004
Master of Arts, School Psychology, December 14, 2002

Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI
Bachelor of Science Degree, Major-Psychology, December 13, 1997
Bachelor of Science Degree, Major-Physiology, Minor-Chemistry, April 29, 1996


CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE

Doctoral Fully Licensed, State of Michigan, #6301012867
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Doctoral Level #1-11-9644
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
School Psychologist, State of Michigan


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Fixed Term Faculty/Clinic Director
Central Michigan University  (6/14 to present)
Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Teach in Applied Behavior Analysis coursework sequence, supervise practicum and internship students.  Serve as director of Central Michigan University Autism Assessment and Treatment Center, which include direct services to families and training for graduate and undergraduate students.

School Psychologist
Kent Education Centers (8/12-6/14)
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Serve as coordinator for development, implementation, and monitoring of positive behavior support plans for Kent County students enrolled in center based school programs for students with significant emotional and behavioral needs.  Complete comprehensive educational evaluations.  Support school staff in following behavior management techniques that follow the principles of applied behavior analysis.

Licensed Psychologist
Behavior Health Partners (6/08-present)

Complete comprehensive psychological evaluations for children and adolescents.  Provide individual therapy for children with behavioral, emotional and developmental challenges.  Support caregivers and school teams in developing, implementing and monitoring individual behavior plans.

Positive Behavior Support Psychologist
Grand Rapids Public Schools Autism Spectrum Disorders Program (6/05-8/12)
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Serve as coordinator for development, implementation, and monitoring of positive behavior support plans for children enrolled in ASD program.  Support school staff in following principles of applied behavior analysis in intensive intervention classrooms for children with characteristics of autism.   Provide consultation to teachers, staff, and parents related to students enrolled in GRPS displaying behavioral difficulties.

Psychologist
OCD Recovery Centers of America (1/06-11/06)
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Acting as a staff psychologist to help assist clients and families dealing with difficulties associated with Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum Disorders; specifically specializing with challenges related to Asperger Syndrome and Autism.

School Psychologist/Diagnostician
A Closer Look, LLC (5/05-2008)
Grand Rapids

Addressing learning and behavior needs of children and adolescents through evaluation, screenings, consultation, and observation and help to provide family and school staff with researched based interventions and treatment plans.  Assessing of how the emotional and learning difficulties of college students are impacting their academic success and recommending appropriate accommodations.  Post-Doctoral Supervisor: Kevin Brown, Ph.D.

School Psychologist
Grand Rapids Public Schools, Ken-O-Sha Diagnostic Center (8/04-6/05)
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Served as a member of multidisciplinary evaluation team serving children and families through Ken-O-Sha diagnostic center, early childhood special education classroom programs, and home-community service program (Children 0-3).  Coordinated comprehensive, multidisciplinary educational evaluations; performed psychological and functional behavioral assessments; designed and implemented behavioral interventions.

Pre-Doctoral Intern (APA Approved) 
Louisiana School Psychology Internship Consortium (8/03-7/04)
LSU Human Development Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

Certified school psychologist intern with East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools, a large, urban school district serving primarily low-SES, African-American population.  Coordinated comprehensive, multidisciplinary psychoeducational evaluations; performed psychological, curriculum based, and functional behavioral assessments; designed and implemented academic and behavioral interventions; provided individual and group counseling and consultation. Licensed Professional Supervisor: Cynthia Morgan D’Atrio, Ph.D.

Spring/Summer Rotations 2004:  Louisiana State University, Autism Treatment and Research Program, Department of Psychology.  Conduct research, data collection, training teachers and undergraduate students to help reduced disruptive and self-injurious behavior and teach new skills in children diagnosed with Autism following the principles of applied behavior analysis. Direct Supervisor: Dorthea Lerman, Ph.D., BCBA-D

School Psychologist     
Midland County Educational Service Agency, (2/02-6/03)
Midland, Michigan

Served as a member of multidisciplinary evaluation team serving children and families in an Early Childhood Developmentally Delayed Program.  Coordinated comprehensive, multidisciplinary psychoeducational evaluations; performed psychological and functional behavioral assessments; designed and implemented academic and behavioral interventions.

Psychological Examiner
Psychological Training and Consultation Center, (9/00-6/03)
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Conducted psychological and academic assessments, designed remediation programs, conducted therapy.  Professional Supervisors:  Walter Lesiak, Ph.D., George Ronan, Ph.D., Sandra Morgan, Ph.D.

School Psychology Advanced Practicum Supplement
Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District (1/00-6/03)
Central Michigan University. Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Contractual Employment.  Conducted a number of Special Education/Psychological three-year re-evaluations.  Professional Supervisors:  Walter Lesiak, Ph.D., Sandra Morgan, Ph.D.

Student Supervisor      
Psychological Training &Consultation Center Learning Disabilities Clinic. (8/01-4/03)
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Provided consultation and supervision for second and third year psychology graduate students.  Professional Supervisors:  Sharon Bradley-Johnson, Ed.D. David Dush, Ph.D.

School Psychology Advanced Practicum Supplement      
Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Sault Ste. Marie, MI (5/01-8/01)
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Acted as contributor and consultant for “Nbwakawn Circles of Care” federal grant program.  Primary author of section focusing on the functions and feasibility of integration of both behavioral health and traditional medicine into the system of primary care.  Professional Supervisors:  Robert Devers, Psy.D., Sandra Morgan, Ph.D.

School Psychology Advanced Practicum Supplement          
Anishnabek Community and Family Services (5/01-8/01)
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

School Psychology Intern with Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  Psychological evaluations; adult and child psychotherapy, observing and assisting at Youth Group Home; projects as assigned by Clinical Supervisor.  Attended community and cultural awareness activities.  Professional Supervisors: Robert Devers, Psy.D., Sandra Morgan, Ph.D.

School Psychology Advanced Practicum     
Midland County Educational Service Agency (8/00-5/01)
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Conducted Early-On, PPI psychoeducational assessments; developed, implemented, and monitored intervention programs.  Professional Supervisor:  Sandra Morgan Ph.D.

School Psychology Practicum    
Gratiot-Isabella Regional Education Service District (8/99-5/00)
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Conducted school-aged academic assessments, designed and implemented behavior intervention plans, chaired MET and IEP meetings, conducted individual therapy, and group social skills training programs. Professional Supervisor:  Walter Lesiak, Ph.D.

Standardization Examiner
Pro-Ed Corporation (9/98-12/99)

Administered and scored protocols in the standardization for the Test of Verbal Conceptualization and Fluency, and the Pictorial Test of Intelligence.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Instructor
PSY 220, Developmental Psychology (Winter 2003)
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Graduate Teaching Assistant/Student Supervisor
PSY 791, School Psychology Practicum (Winter 2003)
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Instructor
PSY 220, Developmental Psychology (Fall 2002)
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Graduate Teaching Assistant/Student Supervisor
PSY 790, School Psychology Practicum (Fall 2002)
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Graduate Teaching Assistant
PSY 667, Assessment of Learning Disorders (Summer 2002)
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Graduate Teaching Assistant
PSY 656, Advanced Intellectual Assessment (Winter 1999, Winter 2000, Winter 2001)
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Graduate Teaching Assistant,
PSY 655, Introduction to Intelligence Testing (Fall 1998, Fall 1999, Fall 2000)
Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Substitute Teacher
Gratiot Isabella Regional Education Service Agency  (10/98-6/02)
Shepherd, Michigan

Teaching Assistant
PY 100, Introductory Psychology (Fall 1997)
Northern Michigan University


RESEARCH

February 2004
Doctoral Dissertation Requirement

“Examining the effectiveness of phonemic awareness training for at risk preschool children: does parental involvement promote skill development.”
Completed as fulfillment of Doctoral Dissertation requirement.

Summer 2004
Research Assistant, Dr. Dorthea Lerman, Louisiana State University

Conducted functional analysis of behavior in children with autism, assisted in data collection and training teachers and undergraduate students to help reduced disruptive and self-injurious behavior in children diagnosed with Autism

Summer 2003
Research Assistant, Dr. Sharon Bradley-Johnson and Dr. Sandra Morgan

Evaluating the technical adequacy of the Woodcock-Johnson III Test of Achievement.  Responsibilities include data entry and evaluation of computer scoring program.

2002-2003 Academic Year
Research Assistant, Dr. Sharon Bradley-Johnson and Dr. C. Merle Johnson

“Exploratory behavior in congenitally blind and in sighted Children.”
Primary responsibilities include data collection and coding videos.

October 2002
Master’s Thesis requirement

“Effects of parent involvement on children’s acquisition of phonemic awareness and early reading skills.”
Completed as fulfillment of Master’s Thesis requirement.

2001-2002 Academic Year
Research Assistant, Dr. Katrina Rhymer

Administered standardized tests, coded videos, corrected math probes, and trained undergraduate students in a research project that examined children’s math fluency.

Winter 1998
Research Assistant

Assisted with efforts in organizing research project teaching a new math method to elementary schools for Northern Michigan University’s chapter of Psi Chi.

Winter 1998

Independent Research/Directed Study, Sponsored by Dr. Bradley Olson
Replication of a study examining sexual attitudes and sexual double standards.


PUBLICATIONS

  • Nutkins, C. L.,  (2002). 
    Review of the Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale;
    Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 20, 213-216.
  • Bradley-Johnson, S., Morgan, S., & Nutkins C. (2004). 
    A review of the Woodcock- Johnson Tests of Achievement
    Third Edition; Journal of Psychoeducational
    Assessment, 22, 261-274.

PRESENTATIONS

(STATE, NATIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL)*
*Regional and Local Presentation list available upon request
  • Nutkins, C. L.,  (2003)
    Effects of parent involvement in acquisition of phonemic awareness skills. 
    Presented at Louisiana Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference, Lafayette, LA, November 2003
  • Nutkins, C. L.,  (2002)
    Effects of parent involvement in acquisition of phonemic awareness skills.
    Presented at Michigan Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference
    Novi, MI, November 2002
  • Nutkins, C. L.,  (2001)
    Increasing parents involvement in their children’s education.
    Presented at Michigan Council for Exceptional Children
    Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 2001
  • Nutkins, C. L., Rhymer, K. N., and Lee, A.,  (2002)
    Examination of math word problems using the interspersal and explicit training interventions.
    Presented at the International Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2002
  • Komor, C. K., Silverman, S., and Nutkins, C. L., (2006)
    OCD Challenges and Solutions.
    Presented for the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Michigan
    Troy, Michigan, May 2006
  • Lee, A., Rhymer, K.N., and Nutkins, C. L.,  (2002)
    The effects of the interspersal and explict timing intervention for children completing math problems
    Presented at International Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2002
  • Morgan, S. K, Rozema, S. A, and Nutkins, C. L.  (2002)
    Increasing mathematics fluency: comparison of the explicit timing intervention and the interspersal intervention
    Presented at National Association of School Psychologists Annual Conference
    Chicago, IL, February, 2002.
  • Rhymer, K. N.,  Nutkins, C. L., and Lee A., (2002
    The effects of explicit timing for mathematics with college students
    Presented at International Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 2002.
  • Warshay, A., Nutkins, C.L., Komor, P. and Wilson, J.L. (2008
    A Practical Application: Employing ABA Methodology in an Inner-city Public School Autism Program
    Association for Behavior Analysis International Annual Conference
    Chicago, IL.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Behavior Analysis International
  • National Association of School Psychologists

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Doctoral Fellowship Recipient, Central Michigan University, 1998-1999
  • Finalist, Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, Northern Michigan University, Psychology Department, 1997-1998 academic year.
  • Finalist, Jean M. Rutherford Scholarship Award, for contributions toward the profession of psychology, Northern Michigan University, 1997-1998 academic year.
  • Psi Chi, National Honor Society, Northern Michigan University Chapter, Charter
    Member and Treasurer, Inducted October, 1997.

REFERENCES

Sheryl Rozema, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist/Owner
Behavior Health Partners, PLLC
5242 Plainfield Avenue NE, Suite A
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616-363-2200
dr.rozema@behaviorhealthpartners.com

Paulette Longwell, M.A., BCBA
Supervisor, Grand Rapids Autism Program
1415 Lyon NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616-819-3285
longwellp@grps.org

Alissa Hofstee
Director of Special Programs
Caledonia Community Schools
9755 Duncan Lake Avenue
Caledonia, MI 49316
616-891-0219
hofsteea@calschools.org