Texas Tech University

David Richman, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Professor of Educational Psychology and Leadership
Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership

Email: d.richman@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-4960

Office: Education 368


Dr. Richman is a Professor of Educational Psychology and Leadership. He received his Ph.D. in school psychology and minor in applied behavior analysis from the University of Iowa, and he completed a research postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Richman has previously been on faculty at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the University of Illinois. Dr. Richman’s areas of research include: assessment and treatment of problem behavior; phenotypic expression of genetic disorders correlated with intellectual disabilities and severe behavior problems; family resiliency, parenting stress, and familial quality of life.

Dr. David M. Richman


  • Post-doc. Fellow, 1998, Kennedy Krieger Institute and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Behavioral Psychology)
  • Ph.D., 1997, The University of Iowa (School Psychology, minor Applied Behavior Analysis)
  • B.A., 1991, University of Iowa  (Psychology and Political Science)

Areas of Expertise

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Severe Behavior Disorders

Selected Publications

Schlund, M., Brewer, A., Richman, D., Magee, S. & Dymond, S. (2015). Not so bad: Avoidance and aversive discounting modulate threat appraisal in anterior cingulate and medial prefrontal cortex. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 9. DOI: 10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00142

Richman, D.,Barnard-Brak, L., Grubb, L., Bosch, A., & Abby, L. (2015). Meta-analysis of noncontingent reinforcement effects on aberrant behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 48, 131-152. DOI: 10.1002/jaba.189

Wei, T., Chesnut, S., Barnard-Brak, L., & Richman. D. (2015). Psychometric analysis of the social communication questionnaire using an item-response framework: Implications for the use of the lifetime and current forms. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. DOI 10.1007/s10862-014-9468-4

Barnard-Brak, L., Rojahn, J.  Richman, D., Chesnut, S. & Wei, T. (2015). Stereotyped behaviors predicting self-injurious behavior in individuals with intellectual disabilities.  Research in Developmental Disabilities, 36, 419-427. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2014.08.017

Rose, C., Richman, D., Fettig, K., Hayner, K., & Slavin, C. (2014). Peer reactions to early childhood aggression in a preschool setting: Defenders, encouragers, or neutral bystander. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. doi:10.3109/17518423.2014.979955

Barnard-Brak, L., Davis, T. N., Schmidt, M., & Richman, D. (2014). On- and off-label stimulant use among children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. (doi: 10.3109/17518423.2014.904949)

Schroeder, S., Richman, D., Abby, L., Courtemanche, A., Oyama-Ganiko, R. (2014). Functional analysis outcomes and comparison of direct observations and informant rating scales in the assessment of severe behavior problems of infants and toddlers at-risk for developmental delays. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 26, 351-370.

Barnard-Brak, L., Thompson, S., Richman, D., & Wei, T. (2014). Assistive technology as a predictor of general or alternate assessment among elementary-aged students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Assistive Technology, 26(2), 81-87.

Schroeder, S., Marquis, J., Reese, R., Richman, D., Mayo-Ortega, L., Oyama-Ganiko, R., LeBlanc, J., Brady, N., Butler, M., Peacock, G., Foster, J. Johnson, T., Lawrence, L. (2014). Risk factors for self-injury, aggression, and stereotyped behavior among young children at risk for intellectual and developmental disabilities. American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 119, 351-370.  DOI: 10.1352/1944-7558-119.4.351

Barnard-Brak, L.,Schmidt, M., Chesnut, S. R., Wei, T., & Richman, D. (2014). Predictors of sex education among adolescents with intellectual disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 52, 85-97. DOI: 10.1352/1934-9556-52.2.85

Richman, D., Barnard-Brak, L., Bosch, A., Thompson, S., Grubb, L., & Abby, L. (2013). Predictors of self-injurious behavior exhibited by individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.

Dotson, W., Richman, D., Abby, L., Thompson, S., & Plotner, T. (2013). Teaching Skills Related to Self-Employment to Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 2336-2350. 

Current Grant Fundings

  • Principal Investigator: Barnard-Brak, L.,
  • Co-PI: Richman, D.M.
  • Title: Developing a more effective and efficient scoring procedure for the Social Communication Questionnaire to identify Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Funder: Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
  • Direct Costs: $100,000
  • Principal Investigator: Lechtenberger, D.,
  • Investigators:Richman, DM, Dotson, W.
  • Title:Project CASE: Connections for Academic Success and Employment
  • Funder: Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Direct Costs: $1,121,885
  • Time on Project: 0.085 FTE

  • Principal Investigator: Lechtenberger, D.,
  • Co-Principal Investigators:Richman, DM, Dotson, W.
  • Title:TechWorks for Texas
  • Funder: Texas Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • Direct Costs: $900,000
  • Time on Project: 0.05 FTE