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Amanda Keating PsyD, BCBA-D

Amanda Keating PsyD, BCBA-D is a psychologist and board certified behavior analyst in private practice in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Keating also practices at the Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention (ICEI) at the University of South Florida. Dr. Keating administers specialty evaluations, designs behavioral intervention programs, and provides clinical supervision for the ICEI program.

Prior to joining USF, Dr. Keating was the director of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) program at the Center for Disabilities, the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities for the state of South Dakota.  Her work has included supervising a multidisciplinary specialty clinic devoted to the differential diagnosis of individuals suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder, teaching graduate level specialty classes, and providing technical assistance and consultation throughout the country. Dr. Keating received external funding for a number of specialized projects and programs including:

  • Behavioral Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Conditions- a program that provided training, technical support, and direct application of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports for students in South Dakota with Autism. 
  • ​Structured Teaching Training for Educators- a week-long training program provided at multiple sites across South Dakota where educators could learn about skill assessment, environmental support, visual supports, academic programing, increasing communication, and other strategies with students at local schools.
  • Health Affairs Medical Informatics Technology Grant- funding to increase the ability to provide remote technical assistance and training to rural South Dakota.
  • Cross-System Behavior Training Collaborative- a collaborative train-the-trainer program supported by the Office of Special Education and the Developmental Disabilities Program to provide the Essential Tools for Positive Behavior Change curriculum. ​

Dr. Keating has held supervisory positions with the Florida State Department of Children and Family Services, Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), where she participated in the ongoing monitoring and supervision of long term residential facilities, behavior programming, and program enrollment, and the Florida Mental Health Institute at the University of South Florida, where she provided training and technical assistance to families and professionals related to various topics in psychology, counseling, and education. During her time at USF, Dr. Keating was the chair of the Centers for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) statewide committee on adult services and the chair of professional development and training for the Sexual Abuse Intervention Network (SAIN), a collaborative program dedicated to the identification, treatment, and policy regarding juveniles with sexual behavior problems. 

Her clinical practice has included the assessment and interventions of individuals of various ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Dr. Keating has provided clinical assessment and treatment in several specialty clinics including pediatric craniofacial, pediatric cancer, geriatric dementia, traumatic brain injury, and sexual behavior problems & offenders. Her research interests include applied behavior analysis, developmental disabilities, parenting, and disparities in mental health and educational systems. Dr. Keating’s research and practice in parenting includes certification as a trainer in the Triple P and Essential Tools for Positive Behavior Change programs- two evidence based behavioral parent training packages. Dr. Keating spends a portion of each year in consultation with international partners to further the development and capacity of systems in foreign countries to support individuals with developmental disabilities.

Dr. Keating is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the National Association for School Psychology, and the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology. In 2008, Dr. Keating received the Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the Florida Legislature and the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas in recognition of work that promoted sustainable change and capacity building for individuals with autism in Jamaica. She also received the Tom Ulvenes Outstanding Community Service Award from Hillsborough County Alliance for Citizens with Disabilities in recognition of her innovative research, practice, and collaboration in the field of disability.