Full Time Faculty
Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA-D.
Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D has been working as a behavior analyst serving people with autism for over 35 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 and Director of Programs in ABA, including the Doctoral Program in ABA and the masters programs in ABA and in Autism and ABA. 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 board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, on the board of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, and on the board of Trustees of Autism NJ.
Justin B. Leaf., Ph.D., BCBA-D.
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 80 publications in either peer reviewed journals, books, or book chapters and has presented at both national and international professional conferences and invited events. Justin also recently edited a book entitled Handbook of Social Skills and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Assessment, Curricula, and Intervention. Justin is an Associate Editor for Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Justin also serves or has served 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.
Adjunct Doctoral Advisors and Adjunct Faculty
Cynthia Anderson, Ph.D., BCBA-D.
Cynthia Anderson, PhD, is a Senior Vice President at May Institute, and Director of the National Autism Center at May Institute. She earned her PhD in Clinical Child Psychology at West Virginia University and is a Board Licensed Psychologist and a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. Her research centers on understanding factors that influence successful adoption and sustained implementation of evidence-based practices in real- world settings. Current research projects are focused on assessment and treatment of severe challenging behavior, early intensive behavioral intervention, and school-based interventions. Current and past sources of funding for her research include the Institute for Education Sciences, U. S. Department of Education, and the Department of Defense. She currently serves as Associate Editor for Behavior Analysis in Practice and is on the editorial board of Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
David J. Cox, Ph.D., M.S.B., BCBA-D.
David J. Cox, Ph.D., M.S.B., BCBA-D has been working as a behavior analyst serving a wide range of populations for 15 years. He received post-doctoral training in Behavioral Economics and Behavioral Pharmacology from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, post-doctoral training in Data Science from Insight Data Science, a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida, a M.S. in Bioethics from Union Graduate College, and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2011. He is currently the Chief Data Officer at the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence and an Adjunct Doctoral Advisor for the PhD Program in ABA at Endicott College. David's basic research interests are in the experimental analysis of complex behavior, quantitative analyses, behavioral economics, behavioral data science, and artificial intelligence. His applied research interests are in ethical behavior, clinical decision-making, and health behavior.
Valbona Demiri, PhD, BCBA-D,LBA.
Val Demiri received her doctorate in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University in 2004 and her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA) from Rutgers University in 2005. She has served as an adjunct professor at Endicott College in the Van Loan School of Graduate & Professional Studies since 2012 and is the District- Wide Behavior Specialist at the Hopewell Valley Regional School District in Pennington, N.J. In addition, she serves as a supervisor for graduate students obtaining their BCBA. Previously she served as the Assistant Director of Outreach Services at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers. She has served as a consultant and trainer to various New Jersey school districts and New York City public schools regarding autism and Applied Behavior Analysis. Val has presented on Applied Behavior Analysis, ethics and autism locally, nationally and internationally. Val is the co-author of the books, Jumpstarting Communication Skills in Children with Autism: A Parent’s Guide to Applied Verbal Behavior: Woodbine House and Tools of the Trade: Easy Data Collection for the Classroom: Different Roads to Learning.
Kathleen Dyer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCBA-D , LABA
Dr. Kathleen Dyer, with the Capitol Region Education Council, was instrumental in the establishment of the River Street Autism Program in 2000, where she now serves as Clinical Director. She is a Doctoral level Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Speech Pathologist and Certified School Administrator, and serves on the faculty of the Institute of Behavioral Studies at Endicott College. Her research and training techniques have been disseminated widely through national and international presentations, as well as through books, encyclopedias and articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Her research findings in treating core deficits in autism are documented as evidenced-based practices by the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and the National Standards Project. She most recently served as a contributor to The Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders (Edited by F.R. Volkmar, Yale University School of Medicine). She has also served as a member of review boards for numerous behavioral journals, and serves as a Advisor of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. She has appeared on Fox News and NBC, has testified for a bill concerning insurance coverage for persons with ASD, and was awarded the CT FEAT Foundations and Innovations Award for her exceptional contributions to the education of children with autism.
Peter Gerhardt, Ed.D.
The Executive Director of the EPIC School in Paramus, NJ. Dr. Gerhardt has nearly 40 years of experience utilizing the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in support of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders in educational, employment, residential and community-based settings. He is the author or co-author on a number of articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASD and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. Dr. Gerhardt serves as Co-Chairman of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research and is on numerous professional advisory boards including the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He received his doctorate from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey’s Graduate School of Education.
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.
Caio Miguel. M.A., Ph.D., BCBA-D.
Dr. Caio Miguel is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Sacramento and an Adjunct Doctoral Advisor for the Ph.D. Program in ABA at the Department of ABA at Endicott College, Caio also serves as an Adjunct Professor (Professor Colaborador) at the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of San Paolo-Brazil. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de São Paulo in Brazil, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Western Michigan University under the co-advisement of Dr. Jack Michael and Dr. James Carr. Caio is a former Associate Editor for JABA (2015-2018). He also served as the Editor-in-Chief (2009-2011) and as an Associate Editor (2008; 2011-2015) for the Analysis of Verbal Behavior. He is the recipient of the 2013-2014 award for outstanding scholarly work by the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at Sacramento State, the 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award by the Student Committee of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), the 2019 Award for Excellence in Teaching Verbal Behavior from the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group of ABAI, and the 2019 Alumni Achievement Award from the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University. Caio’s research interests are on verbal behavior, stimulus equivalence/derived relational responding, and problem solving. He is most interested in doctoral students who are located in CA and can join his laboratory in Sacramento.
Robert F. Putnam Ph.D., LABA, BCBA-D.
Dr. Putnam received his Ph.D. from Boston College and is a licensed psychologist and a certified health service provider. He has served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Putnam is widely published in this field, including recent articles in Behavior Modification, Child and Family Behavior Therapy, Journal of Positive Behavior Intervention, Behavior Analysis Today, Psychiatric Services, and Journal of Special Education Leadership. Dr. Putnam also wrote a chapter in the book, Behavior Psychology in the Schools. He has given more than 100 presentations at schools, as well as at national and local conferences relative to development and implementation of effective discipline, applied behavior analysis, functional behavior assessment, and positive behavior support practices. He was elected in 2016 as President-Elect of the Massachusetts Association for Behavior Analysis. Dr. Putnam 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.
Shawn Quigley, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Shawn Quigley, BCBA-D is the Director of Professional Development and Clinical Training for Melmark Pennsylvania. He earned his doctorate degree in Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University. During his graduate studies, Dr. Quigley had opportunities to manage a federally funded research grant; help develop two different county mental health service systems for adults and children; and practice in multiple settings. These experiences provided a strong foundation for understanding service development, regulatory requirements, scope of competence issues, and resource allocation. He completed a post-doctoral psychology fellowship with the University of New Mexico Medical Group. The fellowship provided Dr. Quigley an opportunity to conduct diagnostic evaluations in an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) clinic, and support families and individuals with ASD. He stayed with University of New Mexico Medical Group as a manager of behavior services. This position provided an opportunity to support the development of behavior analytic services across the state. Some of the projects included recruiting behavior analytic providers to the state, increasing the capacity of current providers, supporting advocacy groups, developing state regulatory guidelines for service delivery, and developing the initial steps for behavior analyst licensure. He has also actively taught and supervised graduate students at multiple universities. Dr. Quigley has supported the profession through service on editorial review boards; publishing research; being active with regional and national service groups (i.e., currently a board member for Autism SIG and president of the Ethics SIG); and serving as a subject matter expert for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).
Alice Shillingsburg, PhD, BCBA-D.
Dr. Shillingsburg currently serves as Sr. Vice President of Children’s Clinical Services and Training at May Institute. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Auburn University and completed her predoctoral internship and post- doctoral fellowship at the Marcus Institute. She previously served as the Director of the Language and Learning Clinic at the Marcus Autism Center and held an appointment of Associate Professor at Emory University in the Division of Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Shillingsburg is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D). Her clinical expertise includes the development of language and behavioral programming to address a variety of behavioral difficulties and social communication deficits associated with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has published over 50 empirical papers and book chapters on interventions for children with autism and related developmental disabilities. She is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Operants, editorial board member of Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, and is past associate editor for The Analysis of Verbal Behavior.
Noor Syed., Ph.D., BCBA-D.
Dr. Noor Syed is a Professor of Practice and the Clinical Director of Lehigh University Autism Services (LUAS), which opened in July 2018 within Lehigh University’s College of Education. In this role, Dr. Syed supervises BCBA candidates through an intensive practicum course and oversees programming for all clients served through LUAS. Dr. Syed is a New York State certified general and special education teacher, birth through grade six, a BCBA-D, and a licensed behavior analyst in the states of New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. She has worked with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities for over 10 years from early intervention through adulthood. Dr. Syed received her B.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis with Dr. Raymond G. Romanczyk through the Institute for Child Development at Binghamton University and completed her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in ABA with Dr. R. Douglas Greer at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Syed was appointed as a Top Tier International Discovery Fellow, inaugural class, with the Global Autism Project where she now serves as the Director of Partnerships and Research Coordinator. In this role, Dr. Syed oversees partnership onboarding and research development. She has consulted with autism clinics around the world including in Uganda, Romania, and Indonesia.
Nicholas L. Weatherly, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Nicholas Weatherly is an author, business and leadership consultant, and the Vice President of Operations at Milestones Behavioral Services. His areas of research and practice focus on developing sustainable business solutions, coaching systems, organizational assessments, and training systems. Prior to joining Milestones, Dr. Weatherly was a management consultant with Aubrey Daniels International and the Head of the School of Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology. Dr. Weatherly is the Past-President of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, the Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Kentucky Association for Behavior Analysis. He was the inaugural chair of the Kentucky Applied Behavior Analyst Licensing Board, one of the first stand-alone licensing boards for behavior analysis in the country, and continues to stay active in public policy efforts. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and as an Ethics Mentor and Trainer for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Dr. Weatherly received his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University's Applied Behavior Analysis Program with concentrations on behavioral systems analysis, behavior-based safety, and training systems. He is the co-author of the book Deliberate Coaching: A Toolbox for Accelerating Teacher Performance and author of the upcoming book Applying Ethics to Organizational Behavior Management: Getting Results the Right Way. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral.