College of Education and Human Development

Department of Educational Psychology

Rebecca Kolb

  • Pronouns: she, her, hers

  • Lecturer, special education

Rebecca Kolb

Areas of interest

  • Assessment and Treatment of Severe Interfering Behavior
  • Cultivating Cultural Humility and Anti-racisim practices in Applied Behavior Analysis Service Delivery
  • Increasing Self-Determination and Autonomy for individuals with disabilities
  • Telehealth as a service delivery model

BA, Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire - Eau Claire, WI
MA, Behavior Analysis, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
PhD, Behavior Analysis, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI


I received my PhD in behavior analysis from Western Michigan University and am a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level. In my current position, I serve as a postdoctoral associate in the special education program teaching in the BCBA course sequence, conducting research, and assisting in student practicum placement coordination.

My current research globally focuses on teaching functional communication and reducing interfering behavior for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities via telehealth technology. Within this area I am interested in the following: 1) exploring generalization and the long term maintenance of intervention gains 2) incorporating cultural humility practices into the assessment and intervention process and exploring the impact of this on outcomes, and 3) increasing autonomy and self-determination of individuals with disabilities globally.

I also conduct research as part of the Department of Educational Psychology's CARE ABA Lab


Unholz-Bowden, E., McComas, J. J., McMaster, K. L., Girtler, S. N., Kolb, R. L., & Shipchandler, A. Caregiver training via telehealth on behavioral procedures: A systematic review. Journal of Behavioral Education, 29(2), 246-281.

Eldridge, R. R., Peterson, S. M., Rios, D., Kolb, R. L. & Hollins, N. A. (in press). Early Intervention Services for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In Maragakis, A., Drossel, C., & Waltz, T. J. (Eds.), Applications of Behavior Analysis in Healthcare and Beyond. Springer.

Kolb, R. L., Muldrew, A. C., Brown, C., & McComas, J. J. (in press). Beyond Cultural Responsivity: Applied Behavior Analysis Through a Lens of Cultural Humility. In Talbott, E. (Ed.), Handbook of Special Education Research: Theory, Methods, and Developmental Processes. Routledge Press

Rios, D., Eldridge, R.R., Bell, M.C., Kolb, R. L., & Peck, K. (in press). Treatment and Functional Assessment. In Matson, J. L. (Ed.), Applied Behavior Analysis: A Comprehensive Handbook. Springer


Kolb, R. L., McComas, J. J., Shipchandler, A., Unholz-Bowden, E., & Girtler, S. N. (2020). The Effects of Functional Communication Training Coached via Telehealth for Individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Presentation delivered to Western Michigan University Department of Psychology Telehealth Colloquium Series.