College of

Dr. Kelly Kates McElrath

Room A107
Adjunct Professor
Research Interests: 
Intellectual disability
Learning disabilities
Special Education
Early Childhood Special Education
Behavior Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Kelly Kates McElrath, Ph.D., BCBA-D, CBIS is a board certified behavior analyst at the doctoral level with brain injury specialist certification and 25 years of experience in applied behavior analysis across a variety of settings. Such settings include in-home, residential, inpatient hospital, and private and public schools.
Dr. McElrath’s range of expertise includes functional analysis of problem behavior, autism and related disorders, traumatic brain injury, and positive behavior supports. As a consultant in educational settings, she works collaboratively to develop positive behavior support plans for students who exhibit challenging behavior, creates and delivers staff trainings, conducts workshops, and presents at professional development events. Dr. McElrath has presented both locally and nationally at conferences on a variety of topics related to applied behavior analysis. Dr. McElrath has served as Member-At-Large for Penn ABA and as the chair of the Crime and Delinquency Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). As a lead behavior analyst for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit, she organizes professional development for Type II continuing education events for area behavior analysts. Dr. McElrath has 19 years of experience teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in applied behavior analysis and special education, in both campus-based and distance learning formats. Her professional academic interests include functional analysis of behavior, verbal behavior, use of interteaching in college courses, and online learning.