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Dr. Christine Barthold
PhD, University of Maryland, College Park
Associate Professor
Academic Program Coordinator, Special Education: Applied Behavior Analysis
Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities
Special Education

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Phone: (703) 993-5450
Fax: (703) 934-2195
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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Finley Building 100A
4400 University Dr.
MS 1F2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Christine Barthold is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D™) who has a passion for helping people to be their best selves. She has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages for over 25 years, and received her BCBA in 2001. In addition, Dr. Barthold has worked with organizational behavior change, supervision and management. Since 2014, Dr. Barthold has been a faculty member at George Mason University, coordinating teaching courses in the Applied Behavior Analysis program. She believes that a good academic should also practice and stay current in the field. She calls it being “on the ground floor of the Ivory Tower.” Dr. Barthold's research and clinical interests include the use of Acceptance and Committment Training (ACT) to enhance current Applied Behavior Analysis assessments and programs, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Behavior Analysis, and preventing burnout and compassion fatigue among academics and ABA professionals. She is a trained Prosocial Facilitator

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral
  • Virginia Licensed Behavior Analyst
  • Special Education K-12 and Autism teacher - Delaware
  • Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
  • Certified Personal Trainer - American Council on Exercise
  • Certified Health Coach - American Council on Exercise
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach
  • GEAR Cycline Instructor, American Athletics and Fitness Association
Research Interests
  • Interteaching and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Compassion Fatigue and Burnout Among Faculty and Applied Behavior Analysis Providers
  • Applications of ABA to Health and Fitness
  • Acceptance and Committment Training
  • Dissemination of ABA beyond autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities
Recent Publications


  • Egel, A.L., Holman, K.C., & Barthold, C.H. (Eds.) (2012). School Success for Kids with Autism. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

Manuscripts in Preparation

  • Barthold, C.H. Instructor presence during online synchronous small group discussions: Effects on engagement during interteaching. Manuscripts in Review
  • Barthold, C.H. Overestimation of Competence in Behavior Analysis: Developmental and Cultural Variables that Perpetuate Overconfidence. Behavior Analysis in Practice.

Contributions to Peer-Reviewed Anthologies

  • Barthold, C.H., & Duke, J.D. (2017). Environmental engineering and modifications. (revision to 2013 article) In F. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer.
  • Stein, S., Strohmeier, C., & Barthold, C. (2016). Working with children and working with schools. In I.L. Rubin, J. Merrick, D.E. Greydanus & D.R. Patel (Eds.) Health Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities across the Lifespan (3rd Ed.). Springer.
  • Barthold, C.H. (2013). Environmental engineering and modifications. In F. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer.
  • Barthold, C., & McNutt, J.G., (2010). The digital divide and the virtual therapeutic system. In Ferro, E., Dwivedi, Y., Gil-Garcia, J.R., & Williams, M.R. (Eds.), Overcoming Digital Divides: Constructing an Equitable and Competitive Information Society. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Barthold, C.H. (2020). Interteaching: State of the evidence and future directions. Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, 31(2), 5-40.
  • Chezan, L.C., Layden, S.J., Barnhill, G. & Barthold, C.H. (2017). The Virginia Applied Behavior Analysis Consortium: Preparing behavior analysts using a collaborative model. Behavior Analysis in Practice.
  • Hoffner-Barthold, C., & Egel, A.L. (2001). Stimulus Overselectivity and generative language instruction for students with autism: An issue that needs to be revisited. The Behavior Analyst Today, 2, 33-39.
  • Lalli, J.S., Vollmer, T.R., Progar, P.R., Wright, C., Borrero, J., Daniel, D., Barthold, C.H., Tocco, K., & May, W. (1999). Competition between positive and negative reinforcement in the treatment of problem behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 32, 285-296. (Cited 99 times since publication)

Book Chapters

  • Egel, A.L., Barthold, C.H., Lee, J., & Majeeny, F. (2018) Single subject design and analysis. In G. Hancock, L. Stapleton, and R. Mueller (Eds.) Quantitative Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Guide for Researchers and Reviewers (2nd Ed). New York: Routledge.
  • Barthold, C.H. (2012). General instructional strategies. In A.L. Egel, K.C. Holman, and C.H. Barthold (Eds.), School Success for Kids with Autism. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
  • Egel, A.L., & Barthold, C.H. (2010). Single-subject research design. In G. Hancock and R. Mueller (Eds.) Quantitative Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: A Guide for Researchers and Reviewers. New York: Routledge.