Dorothea Lerman, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Director, Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities
Dorothea Lerman is currently a Professor of Behavior Analysis at the University of
Houston - Clear Lake, where she directs a master’s program in behavior analysis and
serves as Director of the UHCL Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She
received her doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Florida in 1995,
specializing in behavior analysis. Her areas of expertise include autism, developmental
disabilities, early intervention, functional analysis, teacher and parent training,
and treatment of severe behavior disorders.
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 Behavior Analyst and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.