Michael F. Dorsey, Ph.D., CABA, BCBA-D, Program Director
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 a Professor of Education and the Director of the Institute for Behavioral Studies at the The Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies, 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.
Rodney D. Clark, Ph.D.
Dr. Clark obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior specializing in Behavioral Pharmacology at Western Michigan University. He is currently professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Allegheny College. He also holds adjunct appointment at Mercyhurst University. Dr. Clark has published papers on basic behavioral pharmacology research. He is currently member of the editorial board of Behavior Analysis and Research (BAR). Dr. Clark’s primary focus is the teaching of Behavior Analysis to undergraduates. He and his students are regular presenters at the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the Society for the Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (SQAB).
Jill Harper, Ph.D., BCBA-D
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.
Dr. Leaf is the Director of Research for the Autism Partnership Foundation. Justin received his doctorate degree in Behavioral Psychology from the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Currently, Justin 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. Justin 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. Justin 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.
Dr. Miguel obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University. He is currently an associate professor of Psychology at California State University, Sacramento. He also holds adjunct appointment at the University of Sao Paulo and Endicott College. Dr. Miguel has published over 50 papers on basic and applied research related to verbal behavior, stimulus equivalence, and autism treatment. He is the past-editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB) and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA). Dr. Miguel is a regular speaker at conferences all over the world.
Adel Najdowski, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Najdowski is the Clinical Director of Southern California services for The ABRITE Organization. Dr. Najdowski has provided ABA-based services to children with autism for 20 years. Between 2005 and 2010, she led the development of Skills®, an online curriculum for children with autism. In 2014, Dr. Najdowski co-authored, Evidence-Based Treatment for Children with Autism: The CARD Model. She has over 40 publications and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice and as a Guest Editor for a special issue in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is currently adjunct faculty for California State University, Los Angeles and Endicott College.
Jonathan Tarbox Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Jonathan Tarbox is the Director of Research and a Regional Clinic Director at FirstSteps for Kids, as well as an Associate Editor of the journal Behavior Analysis in Practice. He has published two books on autism treatment and well over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in scientific texts. He has served on editorial boards for five major scientific journals related to autism and behavior analysis. His research focuses on behavioral interventions for teaching complex skills to individuals with autism. He is a frequent presenter at autism and ABA conferences worldwide, and a regular guest on television and radio.
Dr. Thomas Zane, Professor of Education
Dr. Thomas Zane is a Professor of Education for the Applied Behavior Analysis Online Program at the Institute for Behavioral Studies, Van Loan Graduate School, Endicott College. Dr. Zane earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology at Western Michigan University and his doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis at West Virginia University. He has served as a Post-Doctorate Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts, Professor at Mount Holyoke College, and Johns Hopkins University Department of Psychiatry. He is a licensed psychologist in New York and Massachusetts. Dr. Zane has published in various journals and books, presented at regional, national, and international conferences, and been an invited lecturer in Ireland and the Republic of China. His research interests include teacher training, staff development, and evidenced-based practice in autism. As part of his duties at Endicott College, he offers a BCBA certificate program through distance learning.
Robert F. Putnam Ph.D., BCBA-D
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.