Sarah Pastrana, MS

Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA)

SPSarah Pastrana is a board certified behaviour analyst (BCBA). She has worked and studied in the field of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) since 2003. In addition to working with students and families in home, school, and community settings, she has also worked under the supervision of Sharon Baxter to assist in providing consultation to ABA Teaching Homes. She has participated in developing and instructing various courses and workshops, including EPSE 449, ‘Education of Students with Autism’ at the University of British Columbia, the ‘Principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis’ course at Surrey College, and an ABA workshop series for parents.

Sarah is active in various behaviour analytic organizations. She currently serves as the Member at Large for Elections on the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis board, and from 2012-2014 held the Member at Large position for the Membership Committee on the same board. She has also participated in the ABAI Verbal Behaviour Special Interest Student Group since 2013.

Sarah obtained her master of science in ABA at St. Cloud State University and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests focus on the early language acquisition, stereotypic behaviour, and making applied behavior analytic resources available to populations whose first language is not English.

 

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Frewing, T. M., Rapp, J. T., & Pastrana, S. J. (in press). Using conditional percentages during free-operant stimulus preference assessments to predict the effects of preferred items on stereotypy: Preliminary findings. Behavior Modification.
  • Frewing, T. M., Tanner, A., Bonner, A. C., Baxter, S., & Pastrana, S. J. (2015). The immediate and subsequent effects of response interruption and redirection on vocal stereotypy, motor stereotypy, and heart rate. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Pastrana, S., Rapp, J., & Frewing, T. (2013). Immediate and subsequent effects of response interruption and redirection on targeted and untargeted forms of stereotypy. Behavior Modification, 37, 591-610.

 

Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

  • Pastrana, S. (2014, May). The effects of a systematic desensitization procedure on arachnophobia. Poster presented at the 40th annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in Chicago, Il, USA.
  • Pastrana, S., Crawford, S., & Baxter, S. (2014, May). Using public posting to improve staff data completion. Poster presented at the 40th annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in Chicago, Il, USA.
  • Pastrana, S., Allen, K., Broto, J., Frewing, T., Lang, H., & White, S. (2014, March). Behaviour change in behaviour analysts: Three self-management strategies. Symposium presented at the 6th annual conference of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Frewing, T., Baxter, S., Pastrana, S., Boiselle, S., Tanner, A., Bonner, A. & White, S. (2014, March). The use of stimulus control procedures in combination with differential reinforcement or response interruption and redirection of vocal and motor stereotypy. Symposium presented at the 6th annual conference of the British Columbia Association of Behaviour Analysis in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Crawford, S., Pastrana, S., & Baxter, S. (2014, March). Using public posting to improve staff data completion. Poster presented at the 6th annual conference of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Drover, R., & Pastrana, S. (2014, March). Replacing inappropriate mands for social attention by teaching functionally equivalent alternative responses. Poster presented at the 6th annual conference of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Eadon, C., & Pastrana, S. (2013, March). Using the iPad application ‘Injini’ to teach generalization of tracing skills. Poster presented at the 5th annual conference of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis.
  • Lang, H., Pastrana, S., & Baxter, S. (2013, March). Using the multiple stimulus without replacement preference assessment and sequential food presentation to increase consumption of non-preferred foods. Miniseminar presented to the 5th annual conference of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis.
  • Pastrana, S., Rapp, J., & Frewing, T. (2012, May). Immediate and subsequent effects of response interruption and redirection on targeted and untargeted forms of stereotypy. Poster presented at the 38th annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.
  • Lang, H., Pastrana, S., & Baxter, S. (2012, March). Using a yoked contingency observational learning protocol to teach new skills. Poster presented at the 4th annual conference of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis.
  • Pastrana, S. Frewing, T., & Rapp, J. (2012, March). Recent research in the assessment and treatment of stereotypy. Miniseminar presented to the 4th annual conference of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis.
  • Parrott, L., Pastrana, S., & Baxter, S. (2011, March). Expanding a student’s community of reinforcers through a conditioning/pairing procedure: Looking at books. Poster presented at the 3rd annual conference of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis.
  • Baxter, S., & Pastrana, S. (2011, March). Learning to listen: Listener emersion, two case studies. Miniseminar presented to the 3rd annual conference of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis.
  • Baxter, S., & Pastrana, S. (2010, June). Multiple exemplar instruction: Increasing verbal repertoires. Miniseminar presented to the 2nd annual conference of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis.

Community Presentations

  • Pastrana, S., & Frewing, T. (2012, May). Functions of behaviour. Workshop presented at the Surrey College Professional Development Day for Special Education Assistants in the Surrey School District.
  • Parent Support Workshop Series. (September 2011 – May 2012). Presented in conjunction with the ABA Support Network. Participated in presenting 8-month workshop series for parents of children with autism with a small group of co-presenters.

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