Chrystina Dolyniuk
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Phone Number: 609-895-5423
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Office Location:
Science Hall 322C

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2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Associate Professor
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Department Name: 
Mailing Address: 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office Location: 
Science Hall 322C

Academic Background

  • Post-Doctoral Psychology Fellowship &
    Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities [LEND] Training at Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities
    University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York
  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology/ Developmental Psychology
    University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • M.A., Special Education/ Educational Therapy
    California State University, Northridge, CA
  • B.A., Psychology/ Developmental Disabilities
    University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Courses taught at Rider University

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
  • Cognitive Disabilities/Mental Retardation
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Directed Study in Psychology
  • Independent Study in Psychology
  • Internship in Psychology
  • Graduate Course in Applied Psychology: Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Professional Affiliations

  • Fulbright Specialist Program
  • American Psychological Association, Division 33, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Member
  • American Psychological Association, Division 52, International Psychology, Member

Research Interests

  • Dr. Dolyniuk is a specialist in learning disorders and developmental disabilities.  She is engaged in applied community-based research that examines inclusion, perceptions and attitudes towards individuals with disabilities, social skills development and intervention, and cultural factors.

Current Projects

  • Using stories to teach social awareness to children with and without disabilities
  • Cultural issues associated with perception of self and disability among families from diverse ethnic backgrounds
  • Cultural factors and the treatment of autism spectrum disorders
  • College students’ comfort with peers with a broad spectrum of disabilities
  • Teachers’ definitions of diversity, disability and inclusion in the classroom
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ukraine
  • Culturally-sensitive community-based Interventions

Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations

  • Dolyniuk, C. A. (February, 2014).  Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ukraine:  Examining Social Contexts and Developing a Model of Outreach.   Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Anthropology of Children and Youth Special Interest Group and Division 52 of the American Psychological Association, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Dolyniuk, C. A. & Romanchuk, O.  (August, 2012).  The Status of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Ukraine.  Presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association [APA], Orlando, Florida.
  • Dolyniuk,  C.A.  & Tremonte, L. (August, 2011).  Exploring cultural barriers faced by Spanish-speaking families of children on the Autism Spectrum.  Presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association [APA].  Washington, DC.
  • Dolyniuk, C.A.  (August, 2009).  Putting it in context:  Examining services and treatments for children with dual diagnosis of mental health issues and developmental disabilities.  Symposium presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association [APA].  Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Dolyniuk, C.A.  &  Parkins, R.  (August, 2009).  Examining college students attitudes towards their peers with disabilities.  Presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association [APA].  Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Dolyniuk, C.A.  (August, 2008).  Promoting Inclusion:  A review of existing children’s literature about disabilities. Presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association [APA].  Boston, Massachusetts.  
  • Dolyniuk, C.A.  (January,  2008).  Using Developmentally-Appropriate Narratives to Promote Inclusion of Children with Autism within New Jersey Schools.  What’s been done?  Where do we need to go?  Paper presented at the Sixth Annual HICE International Conference on Education.  Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Dolyniuk, C. A.  (August, 2004).  The effects of gender and behavior on teacher expectations:  A ten-year follow-up.   Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association [APA], Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Kamens, M.W. & Dolyniuk, C.A.  (April, 2004).  Job-sampling Experience for Students with Developmental Disabilities: A Collaborative University/Community Partnership. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children [TED, CEC].  New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Kamens, M.W.  & Dolyniuk, C.A.  (January, 2004).  The Benefits of Service Learning in Special Education and Psychology (A Cross-disciplinary view).  Paper presented at the International Allied Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Kamens, M.W. & Dolyniuk, C.A.  (June, 2003).  Students with Developmental Disabilities Visit a College Campus:  Perspectives of a Collaborative Transition Partnership,  Paper accepted by International Association of Special Education (IASE) for presentation at 2003 Conference:  Global Challenges, Practices, and Trends.  Hong Kong.  Paper accepted for presentation; Conference cancelled due to SARS Health Crisis.
  • Dolyniuk, C.A.  (October, 2002).   Perceptions and attitudes toward people with developmental disabilities:  A vision of the future based on real-life experience.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Retardation [AAMR]  Region IX Conference.  Martinsburg, West Virginia.   
  • Kamens, M. W., Dolyniuk, C.A. & Forsyth, J.  (October, 2002).  Building Broader Perspectives for Better Outcomes in Teacher Education.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children [TED, CEC].  Savannah, Georgia.
  • Dolyniuk, C.A.,  Kamens, M.W.,  DiNardo, P.,  Rockoff, J.C.  & Corman, H.  (November, 2001).   The Rider University  West Windsor-Plainsboro Transition Project. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Retardation [AAMR] , Region IX Conference.  Langhorne, Pennsylvania.
  • McKeough, A.,  Easton, J., Wigmore, B.,  Dolyniuk, C.A., & Marini, A. (June, 1996). Reflections on Learning:  Young Adolescents Analyses of Their Narrative Knowledge and Group Composition Experience.  Paper presented to The Jean Piaget Society.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Dolyniuk, C.A. & McKeough, A.  (April, 1996). Teaching Narrative Composition: Microgenetic and Multidimensional Analyses of Instruction with LD/ADHD Adolescents.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association [AERA].  New York, New York.

Selected Manuscripts

  • Dolyniuk, C.A.  (2014).  Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Paradigms in Psychology:  The challenges associated with international outreach.  International Psychology Bulletin, 18 (2-3), 67-72.
  • Dolyniuk, C.A.  (2014).  Follow-up on Children with Autism in Ukraine:  Kyiv’s Euromaidan, A Revolution for Ukraine’s Children.  International Psychology Bulletin, 18 (1), 52-53.
  • Dolyniuk, C. A.  (2013).  Autism in Ukraine:  Impressions, Challenges,  and Implications.  International Psychology Bulletin, 17(1), 57-59.
  • Kamens, M. W., Dolyniuk, C.A., DiNardo, P.,  Forsyth, J., Rockoff, J.C., & Corman, H. (2004). A Collaborative. Approach to Enhancing Employment and Social Skills of Students with Disabilities:  Perspectives of the Stakeholders. Preventing School Failure, 24-30.
  • Kamens, M. W.,  Dolyniuk, C. A., & DiNardo, P.  (2003).   Preparing teachers for transition of students with developmental disabilities through community-based instruction.  Career Development for Exceptional Individuals,  99-118.
  • Dolyniuk,  C. A.  (2002).  Experiential learning for students with and without developmental disabilities: Reflections on real life.  Down Syndrome Quarterly, 7(4), 1-5.  
  • Dolyniuk, C.A., Kamens, M.W., Corman, H., DiNardo, P. O. Totaro, R., & Rockoff, J.C. (2002).  Students with Developmental Disabilities Go to College:  Description of a Collaborative Transition Project on a Regular College Campus.  Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities,17(4),  236-241.
  • Tymchuk, A. J., Groen, A., & Dolyniuk, C.A.  (2000).  Health, safety, and well-being.  Reading recognition abilities of young parents with functional disabilities:  Construction and preliminary validation of a prescriptive instrument.  Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 12(4),  349-366.
  • Tymchuk, A. J., Lang, C.M., Dolyniuk, C.A., Berney-Ficklin, K., & Spitz, R.  (1999).   The Home Inventory of Dangers and Safety Precautions [HIDSP-2]:  Addressing critical needs for prescriptive assessment devices in child maltreatment and in health care.  Child Abuse and Neglect,  23(1),  1-14.
  • Dolyniuk, C.A.  (1997). Using Narrative to Promote the Conceptual Development of Adolescents with Learning Disability and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  (Doctoral Dissertation,  University of Calgary, 1997).   Dissertation Abstracts International Section A:  Humanities & Social Sciences, Database No:  1999-95005-002.
  • Dolyniuk, C.A.  (1992). The Effects of Student Gender and Behavior on Teacher Expectations in Children with Reading Problems.  Unpublished Masters’ Thesis.  California State University, Northridge.
  • Dolyniuk, C.A.  (1990).  Attention and Mastery in Children with Down Syndrome.  Pacific State Archives. University of California, Los Angeles, 15,  112-120.

Community Connections

  • Dr. Dolyniuk is a member of the Executive Board of the Teal Tea Foundation, a local non-profit organization committed to raising awareness of Ovarian Cancer, supporting research efforts, and improving the quality of life of women currently battling the disease.
  • Dr. Dolyniuk has established connections with the following agencies in the community and has coordinated student opportunities for community service at
  • Autism New Jersey
  • Autism Speaks
  • Special Olympics, New Jersey
  • Princeton Child Development Institute