Dorothea Lerman, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Director, Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities
Dorothea Lerman, a professor in the Behavior Analysis program, directs the master's
program in Behavior Analysis and serves as director of the UHCL Center for Autism
and Developmental Disabilities. She received her doctorate in psychology from the
University of Florida in 1995, specializing in the experimental analysis of behavior.
Her areas of expertise include autism, developmental disabilities, early intervention,
functional analysis, teacher and parent training, and treatment of severe behavior
disorders such as aggression and self-injury.
Dr. Lerman has published more than 80 research articles and chapters, served as editor-in-chief for The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice and has secured more than $2 million in grants and contracts to support her work. She was the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Contribution to Applied Behavioral Research Award and the 2001 B.F. Skinner Award for New Researchers, awarded by Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. She also was named a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis-International in 2008. Dr. Lerman is a licensed psychologist and a board certified behavior analyst.