Staff at Beyond the Individual, LLC utilize behavioral and cognitive-behavioral frameworks to support individuals and promote change in their natural environments. They specialize in the flexible application of behavioral principles in settings such as schools, homes, day programs, and psychological treatment facilities. Areas of expertise include dual-diagnosis, intellectual and developmental disabilities, anxiety/obsessive-compulsive disorders, complex diagnosis and treatment profiles, and high-intensity behavior management.
Dr. Katrina Ostmeyer
Licensed Behavior Analyst
Dr. Katrina Ostmeyer began her career in behavioral health at 19, when she became an Assistant Teaching Parent at The Achievement Place for Boys. At this time, she also started her first clinical practicum working with children with autism at the University of Kansas as part of her degree program. After finishing her BGS in Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis, she completed her MA in Psychology at Washburn University and engaged in a 2 year assistantship and internship with the Kansas City Center for Anxiety Treatment (KCCAT) in Overland Park, KS. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2014 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her pre-doctoral internship included time at The University of Kansas Center for Child and Health and Development, including a Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellowship and additional time at Integrated Behavioral Technologies (IBT), a not-for-profit agency specializing in home and community based services for children with developmental and behavioral disorders. These and other training opportunities allowed Dr. Ostmeyer to specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals in a variety of areas including intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism, externalizing disorders such as oppositional defiant disorder and attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and anxiety disorders. Dr. Ostmeyer accepted a position as the Director of Community Research and Clinical Services at IBT upon graduation in 2014 and advanced to the position of Associate Executive Director in 2015. Within a few years she realized that her administrative position continued to pull her away from the clinical work and research that she loved. She moved from this position in August 2018 to focus on research and practice. For more information about Dr. Ostmeyer's clinical, teaching, and research experience, please CLICK HERE to view her most current CV.
Licensed Behavior Analyst
Bess Perkins is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), special educator, and consultant to local public schools. Bess began working in the public schools in 2010 and has worked with students from the ages of 3 through adulthood with a variety of with complex behavioral profiles and social-emotional disorders including autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders. She specializes in collaborating with staff and families in order to create comprehensive programming to help build skills while managing problem behavior. She uses her knowledge in the areas of verbal behavior methodologies, play-based learning, incidental teaching, instructional control, and functional communication training to create programming that is engaging and fun for learners. Her particular interest is in combining social skill intervention with a comprehensive knowledge of best practices for those with complex needs. Bess joined the staff at Beyond the Individual to focus on helping students both in and out of the classroom. In addition to her BCBA certification and licensure in Kansas, Bess holds a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Central Missouri for Severely Developmentally Delayed, a graduate certificate from the University of Kansas in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and is currently licensed in the state of Kansas for Early Childhood Handicapped and Functional Special Education. For more information about Bess' extensive teaching and consulting experiences, please CLICK HERE to view her most current resume.