Michael F. Dorsey, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA-D, Professor of Education and Director of The Institute for Behavioral Studies, Van Loan School at Endicott College
Michael F. Dorsey earned his Ph.D. in psychology, with a specialization in applied behavior analysis, from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1979. Dr. Dorsey is a licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He is a Professor of Education and the Director of the Institute for Behavioral Studies at the The Van Loan School at Endicott College. Dr. Dorsey is the Chair of the Practice Board of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. During his career, Dr. Dorsey has had the unique privilege to serve on the faculty of several prestigious universities and colleges including The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is an author/co-author of many professional publications, including participating in the development of the Functional Analysis/Assessment methodology. Dr. Dorsey has been a Gubernatorial appointed member of the Developmental Disabilities Councils (MDDC) of both Florida and Massachusetts, and chaired the Massachusetts MDDC Governmental Affairs Committee for over six years. Dr. Dorsey has authored several bills relative to the practice of Applied Behavior Analysis and testified on numerous occasions both at the federal and state level concerning proposed legislation, policies and budgets. Currently Dr. Dorsey spends much of his professional time conducting Independent Educational Evaluations for parents and school districts. He has testified as an expert witness in numerous Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) cases, as well as an expert witness in various Probate, Superior, and Federal Court cases involving the education and treatment of individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities.
Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Professor of Education and Director of Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis Program
Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D has been working as a behavior analyst serving people with autism for over 25 years. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in 1990, and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2000. She is currently a Professor of Education at Endicott College, where she directs the graduate programs in ABA and Autism. She previously served as an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, and as Director of Research and Training and as Clinical Director of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers University for 16 years. Her clinical and research interests center on defining best practice ABA techniques, on evaluating the impact of ABA in learners with autism spectrum disorders, and in maximizing family members’ expertise and adaptation. She is a regular presenter at regional and national conferences on topics relevant to ABA and autism. She is a past president of the Autism Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis, a former member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts Board of Directors, and she currently serves on the ethics review committee of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, on the Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research, on the Legislative Affairs Committee of the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis, and on the Board of Trustees of Autism NJ.
Cynthia Anderson, Ph.D., BCBA-D; Senior Vice President of Applied Behavior Analysis, The May Institute; Director, National Autism Center; Adjunct Doctoral Advisor, The Institute for Behavioral Studies, Endicott College
Dr. Anderson provides consultation and support to clinical staff supporting individuals exhibiting challenging behavior such as self-injury, aggression, and property destruction. In addition, she also promotes research in and dissemination of evidence-based practices through the National Autism Center. Dr. Anderson received her Ph.D. in Clinical-Child Psychology from West Virginia University. She is a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level. The author of numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, and the Journal of Behavioral Education, Dr. Anderson has focused her research on the development and evaluation of interventions for children with or at risk for developmental disabilities. Her research is organized around functional behavior assessments and function-based support; multi-tiered interventions within school settings; and factors necessary for high fidelity and sustained implementation of evidence-based practice. She has a strong interest in bringing interventions determined to be effective in clinical settings to children in home and school settings. Dr. Anderson’s research has been supported by federal funding, and she is currently a Principal Investigator for “Students with Autism Accessing General Education,” a 3-year, $1.5M grant funded by the Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences. This multi-site project is conducted in collaboration with researchers at University of South Florida and University of Rochester Medical Center. Previous funding came from the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. Dr. Anderson currently serves as the Applied Representative on the Executive Council of the Association for Behavioral Analysis International, and is the Representative at Large for Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. She has provided editorial support to numerous journals including serving as Associate Editor for School Psychology Review and Journal of Behavioral Education, and on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Behavior Analyst, and other journals.
Jill Harper, Ph.D., BCBA-D; Director of Professional Development, Training and Research, Melmark New England; Adjunct Doctoral Advisor, The Institute for Behavioral Studies, Endicott College
Dr. Harper received her Ph.D (2012) in Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida, an M.S. (2006) in Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University, and a B.S. (2003) in Family Studies and Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. She is currently the Director of Professional Development, Clinical Training, and Research at Melmark New England. Dr. Harper also holds adjunct positions with the University of Massachusetts-Boston and Endicott College. Dr. Harper is a Board Certified Behavior Analysts. She received the 2013 Jerry Shook Practitioner Award from the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT) for excellence in clinical practice. Her research interests include the assessment and treatment of severe behavior disorders, mechanisms responsible for behavior change, and maintenance and generalization of treatment effects. Dr. Harper has published work in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and regularly presents at regional and national conferences.
Justin Leaf, Ph.D., Director of Research for the Autism Partnership Foundation; Adjunct Doctoral Advisor, The Institute for Behavioral Studies, Endicott College
Dr. Leaf received his doctorate degree in Behavioral Psychology from the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Currently, Dr. Leaf leads the research team at Autism Partnership Foundation, which conducts research nationally and internationally. His research interests include examining methods to improve social behaviors for children and adolescents with autism and developing friendships, comparing different teaching methodologies, evaluating parameters of reinforcement, and evaluating long-term outcomes for individuals diagnosed with autism. Dr. Leaf has over 40 publications in either peer-reviewed journals or book chapters and has presented at both national and international professional conferences and invited events. Dr. Leaf serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Caio Miguel, M.A., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at California State University, Sacramento; Adjunct Doctoral Advisor, The Institute for Behavioral Studies, Endicott College
Dr. Miguel obtained his bachelors degree in Psychology at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de São Paulo in Brazil under the supervision of Dr. Maria Amalia Andery. He obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan. Miguel has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2004 and is currently an associate professor of Psychology and an affiliated faculty in the Doctoral program in Education at California State University, Sacramento. He is also an adjunct professor at the department of experimental Psychology at the University of Sao Paulo - Brazil. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (2015-2018), past-editor (2009-2011) and past Associate Editor (2011-2015) of the journal The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Dr. Miguel serves (or served) as an editorial board member for numerous behavioral journals. Dr. Miguel's area of research focus on verbal and verbally-mediated behaviors. He has given over 100 professional presentations in North America, South America and Europe, and has had over 50 manuscripts published in peer-reviewed journals and edited books in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Dr. Miguel is the recipient of the 2013-2014 award for outstanding scholarly work by the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at Sacramento State, and the 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award by the Student Committee of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Prior to joining Sacramento State, Dr. Miguel served as a clinical consultant for the St. Amant Centre's ABA program in Winnipeg, MB (Canada), and worked as a program specialist at the New England Center for Children, where he also served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Northeastern University. Dr. Miguel consults for schools and families on issues pertaining to the education of children with disabilities, as well as serves as a research consultant for scientist-practitioners.
Robert F. Putnam Ph.D., LABA, BABA-A, Executive Vice President of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, The May Institute; Adjunct Doctoral Advisor, The Institute for Behavioral Studies, Endicott College
Robert F. Putnam Ph.D., BCBA-D is Executive Vice President of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports & Consultation at the May Institute and was on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Putnam oversees one of eight national collaboration sites in conjunction with the University of Oregon and Connecticut comprising the National Technical Assistance Center for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports funded by the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. He also serves as Senior Vice President of Research and Consultation at the National Autism Center (NAC) and was an Expert Panelist on the first National Standards Project of the NAC. His research interests are in the use of function based interventions to improve prosocial skills as well as behavioral support strategies with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, he has a strong interest in school-wide behavior support interventions. He has published extensively and presents regularly at national, regional and local conferences on these topics.
Sung Woo Kahng Ph.D., BCBA-D, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Psychology at the University of Missouri; Director of the Applied Behavioral Intervention Service of the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders; Adjunct Doctoral Advisor, The Institute for Behavioral Studies, Endicott College
Dr. Kahng previously was a faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Psychology and a senior behavior analyst on the Neurobehavioral Unit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute as well as an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kahng graduated from Kalamazoo College with a bachelor's of arts in psychology and received his Ph.D. in behavior analysis from the University of Florida. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis where he also served on the Board of Editors. Additionally, he is on the Board of Editors for Behavioral Intervention and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other journals. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst in the State of Missouri. Dr. Kahng is the recipient of the 2003 B.F. Skinner New Researcher Award given by Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kahng has co-authored over 70 peer reviewed articles and chapters. The focus of his research and clinical work has been on assessing and treating behaviors exhibited by individuals with developmental disabilities. He is also interested in a broader research agenda, which includes topics related to obesity and aging. Finally, he has mentored numerous undergraduate, master’s level, and predoctoral students as well as post-doctoral fellows.