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Faculty & Staff

Michael F. Dorsey, Ph.D., BCBA, 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.

Thomas ZaneDr. Thomas Zane, Professor of Education and Director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Online Program

Dr. Thomas Zane is a Professor of Education and Director of 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.

Jane WeissMary 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. 

Allyson PenalozaAllyson M. Penaloza, M.S. Assistant Director for The Institute for Behavioral Studies


Adjunct Faculty

Daniel Almeida, Ph.D., BCBA-D
James Chok, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Valbona Demiri, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Jill Harper, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Nicole Heal, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Gary Pace, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Julia Bryant, M.Ed., BCBA
Amy Collins, M.S. Ed., BCBA
Cheryl Davis, M.S. Ed., BCBA
Anne Donovan, M.S. Ed., BCBA
Kristin Foley, M.Ed., BCBA
Amanda Kennedy, M.Ed., BCBA
Amy Klinch, M.Ed., BCBA
Maureen Lacerte, M.S., Ed., BCBA
Helena Maguire, M.S., BCBA
Silva Orchanian, M.Ed., BCBA
Tim Piskura, M.A., BCBA
Ann Poppenga, M.Ed., BCBA
John V. Stokes, M.S. d., BCBA

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