Cheryl Ostryn, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Cheryl Ostryn 

Department: Applied Behavior Analysis
Rank, Program
: Assistant Professor, Applied Behavior Analysis

Contact Info:   
Email: ostryc@sage.edu                               
Phone: 518-244-3173
Skype: cherylost11
Office: Esteves School of Education, Office 209, Troy Campus       

Degree Information

  • Post-Doctorate, Early Childhood Autism and Leadership, University of Denver Colorado
  • Ph.D., Special Education and Autism, The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S, Psychology, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom
  • B.S., Psychology, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom

Professional Education Certifications:

Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral                                                                     Professional Development Certificate in Autism

Courses Taught:

  • ABA 510  Clinical Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • ABA 525  Core Skills in Autism I
  • ABA 526  Core Skills in Autism II
  • ABA 601  Professional Practices in ABA

Research:

  • Contriving motivators for teaching wh-questions to individuals with autism
  • Functional communication for individuals with autism
  • Para educator and parent training in applied behavior analysis

Accomplishments:

Recipient of research funds for autism research from Mattel Inc.,                                    Recipient of the Organization for Autism Research’s 5th Annual Graduate Research Grant Recipient of The Robert M. Eisman Fund for the Study of Autism Scholarship   

Service:

  • Board member of  the Autism Society of The Greater Capital Region
  • Member of the Esteves School of Education diversity committee
  • Autism consultant for school district programs K-12
  • Lecturer and Consultant for Easter Seals’ Autism Childcare Programs, Rio Grande Valley, TX
  • Course Developer for Developmental Intervention Assistant Academy, CO-TOP*EIS Project & PAR2A Center, funded by Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Committee member of the Thomas P. Proietti Endowment Scholarship
  • Research Forum Judge for student research
  • Moderator for The Office of Research Protection

Editorial:

  • Book Reviewer, Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
  • Article Reviewer, Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities
  • Article Reviewer, Exceptionality
  • Article Reviewer, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Articles:

  • Ostryn, C. (2013-2014). Series of articles about autism in The Express Newspaper. Waterford, NY.
  • Wolfe, P. S., & Ostryn, C. (2012). Functional Academics. Book chapter in Paul          Wehman and John Kregel’s (Eds.). Functional Curriculum for Elementary and            Secondary Students with Special Needs. Texas: PRO-ED, 159-210.
  • Ostryn, C., & Wolfe, P. S. (2011). Teaching preschool children with autism toexpressively  discriminate asking “what’s that?” and “where is it?” Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 26(4), 195-205.
  • Ostryn, C., & Wolfe, P. S. (2011) Teaching Children With Autism to Ask “What’s       That?” Using a Picture Communication With Vocal Results. Infants & Young            Children, 24(2), 174-192.
  • Dunlap, G. & Ostryn, C., Fox, L. (2011). The role of effective positive practices for    preventing the use of restraint and seclusion with young children: The Role of       Effective, Positive Practices. Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional          Intervention for Young Children. Supported in part by a grant from the US            Department of Education (H326B070002).
  • Dunlap, G., Strain, P. S., Ostryn, C. (2010). Addressing challenging behaviors of children with autism. Young Exceptional Children: Monograph Series 12, 54-65.
  • Ostryn, C. (2010). What? Where? Who? Teaching young children with autism to ask wh-questions. The Autism Advocate, 58(3), 16-20.
  • Strain, P., Bovery, T., Ostryn, C. (2010). Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Academy for  Developmental Intervention Assistant.  Instructor’s Manual. Denver, CO:  The            PAR2A Center (University of Colorado Denver) and Early Intervention Colorado,     Colorado Department of Human Services.
  • Tarnai, B., Wolfe, P. S., & Ostryn, C. (2009). Defining severe disabilities: Implications for research and practice. International Journal of Special Education, 24(2).
  • Ostryn, C., Wolfe, P. S., & Rusch, F. R. (2008). A review and analysis of the picture  exchange communication system (PECS) for individuals with autism spectrum        disorders using a paradigm of communication competence. Research and Practice   for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 33(1-2), 1-12.
  • Stansbery, S. D., Casey, S. D., Vostal, B. R., & Ostryn, C. (2008). The effects of        simplified habit reversal on thumb sucking. European Journal of Behavior            Analysis, 9(1), 73-79.

Presentations:

  • Ostryn, C. (2014) Using ABA for Feeding in Babies and Young Children, Best Practices in Autism Intervention, Second Annual Conference, Troy, NY.
  • Wolfe, P.S., & Ostryn, C. (2014). Adolecsence Sexuality and ASD. The Sages College, Albany, NY.
  • Ostryn, C. (2014). Introduction to ABA and Writing IEP Goals. Access Therapy Group PLLC, Clifton Park, NY.
  • Ostryn, C. (2014). Applied Behavior Analysis and Feeding Disorders. The Sages College, Troy, NY.
  • Ostryn, C. (2013). Behavioral Strategies Interactive Workshop. The Sages College, Troy, NY.
  • Ostryn, C. (2013). Applied Behavior Analysis and Classroom Management. Maimonides School, Albany, NY.
  • Ostryn, C. (2013). What Can Nurses Do? Experiences with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Sages College, Troy, NY.
  • Ostryn, C. (2013). Working with Children with Autism: Information for Student Nurses. The Sages College, Troy, NY.
  • Ostryn, C. (2013). What? Where? Who?  Teaching Young Children with Autism to Ask Wh-Questions. Best Practices in Autism Intervention, First Annual Conference, Albany, NY.
  • Ostryn, C. (2013). Peer Mentorship in the Autism Classroom. In-Service training at Blue Heron Elementary School, Littleton, CO.
  • Casey, S., & Ostryn, C. (2012). Assessment and Treatment of Children with Feeding Problems: An Applied Behavior Analysis Approach. Denver, CO.
  • Ostryn, C. (2012). Teaching Strategies in the ABA Classroom. In-Service training at Jefferson Hills, Lakewood, CO.
  • Ostryn, C. (2012). Designing and running an ABA Classroom. In-Service training at Blue Heron Elementary School, Littleton, CO.
  • Ostryn, C. (2012). Designing and running an ABA Classroom. Training at Jefferson Hills, Lakewood, CO.
  • Ostryn, C. (2012). Back to school: How to develop an ABA classroom for homeschooled students with autism. Jefferson District Training, Denver, CO.
  • Ostryn, C., & Wolfe, P. S. (2011). Evaluating practices/treatments in autism spectrum disorders: Sifting through evidence. Paper presented at ABA International, Denver, CO.
  • Wolfe, P. S., & Ostryn, C. (2011). Teaching socio-sexual decision-making to students with autism. Paper presented at ABA International, Denver, CO.
  • Ostryn, C., & Wolfe, P. S.(2011). Using social stories to facilitate decision-making for individuals having severe disabilities. Paper presented at ABA International, Denver, CO.
  • Ostryn, C., & Wolfe, P. S. (2010). Using explicit instruction to teach issues of socio-sexuality. Paper presented at TASH, Denver, CO.
  • Ostryn, C. (2010) Behavior change strategies. Jefferson School District Regional Training, Denver, CO.
  • Ostryn, C. (2010) Introduction to applied behavior analysis. Fort Lupton School District Regional Training, Fort Lupton, CO.
  • Ostryn, C. (August 2010). Sorting through autism treatments: Research as it applies. Presentation for The Autism Society of Colorado, Denver, CO.
  • Ostryn, C., & Sperry, L. (June 2010) Teaching social skills to children with autism. University of Colorado, Denver, CO.
  • Ostryn, C. (May 2010). Teaching preschool children with autism to expressively discriminate between wh-questions. Paper presented at ABA International, San Antonio, TX.
  • Ostryn, C. (Jan 2010). Teaching young children with autism to expressively discriminate asking “what’s that?” and “where is it?” Paper presented at CEC-DADD, Maui, Hawaii.
  • Ostryn, C., Rusch, F. R., Wolfe, P. S., & Tarnai, B. (Nov 2009). Emerging best practices in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Panel of speakers at TASH’s Annual National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Ostryn, C., & Wolfe, P. (Apr 2009). Teaching preschool children with autism to ask “what’s that?”  Paper presented at The Experimental Analysis of Behavior Group, London, UK.
  • Wolfe, P. S., Ostryn, C., & Tarnai, B. (Dec 2008). Decision-making in sociosexual domains: Teaching the who, what, when, and where. Paper presented at TASH’s Annual National Conference, Nashville, TN.
  • Ostryn, C. (Nov 2008). Using pictures to communicate for children with autism. Paper presented at Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs (NATTAP), Columbus, OH.
  • Ostryn, C., & Wolfe, P. S. (Nov 2008). Training case managers in ‘autism and managed care.’ Training presented at the Community Behavioral Healthcare Network of Pennsylvania (CBHNP).
  • Ostryn, C., Casey, S. D., Murphy, K., & Davis, K. (Oct 2008). A comparison of functional analyses outcomes using multi-element and sequential/reversal design. Paper presented at The Behavior Analysis Research Colloquium, State College, PA.
  • Ostryn, C. & Wolfe, P. S. (Dec, 2007). A review of communication competence using the picture exchange communication system (PECS) for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Poster presented at TASH’s Annual National Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Wolfe, P.S., Ostryn, C & Tarnai, B. (Dec 2007). Including advocacy skills in educational and agency plans. Paper presented at TASH’s Annual National Conference, Seattle, WA.
  • Tarnai, B., Wolfe, P. S., Rusch, F. R., & Ostryn, C. (Dec 2007). The 10-step approach to constructing social stories for students with ASD. Paper presented at TASH’s Annual National Conference, Seattle, WA.

Invited Addresses:

  • Ostryn, C. (2011). Autism: Intervention & supports in the child care setting. Invited keynote speaker at the 3rd Annual Inclusion Conference, McAllen, TX.

Partnerships:  Founder and Director of Autism G.E.A.R.S. LLC, a company that serves individuals and their families with in-home ABA therapy, consultation, and training in the Greater Capital Region and surrounding areas.

Contact:  www.AutismGears.com  

Personal:  Lives in the Greater Capital Region, NY, enjoy being with family, and traveling.