Texas Tech University

Wesley Dotson, Ph.D., BCBA

Wesley Dotson

Director - Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research

  • 2008-2009 - Behavioral Consultant. Lawrence Boys and Girls Club.
  • 2005-2006 - In-Home Behavioral Therapist. Early Childhood Autism Program, Community Living Opportunities.
  • 2004-2007 -  Behavioral Consultant: Lawrence Public Schools’ Autism Programs. Early Childhood Autism Program, Community Living Opportunities.
  • 2004-2005 - Lead Teacher in Extended School Year Summer Classroom. Lawrence Public Schools Autism Programs, Lawrence, KS, Early Childhood Autism Program, Community Living Opportunities.
  • 2002-2004 - Special Education Teacher. Severe/Profound/Multiple Disabilities Summer Classroom, Norman Public Schools. Norman, OK.
  • 2002-2003 Special Education Teacher, Dimensions Academy Alternative High School Evening Program, Norman Public Schools. Norman, OK.
  • 2001-2004 - Special Education Teacher. Resource Room, Norman High School, Norman Public Schools, Norman, OK.
  • 2001 - Teaching Assistant. Longfellow Middle School Autism Classroom, Norman Public Schools, Norman, OK.
  • 1999-2000 - Lead Research Apprentice. Psychology Department, University of Oklahoma.
  • 1998 - Junior Research Apprentice. Psychology Department, University of Oklahoma.

  • Office: Burkhart Center, Room 207
  • Phone: 806-834-0783
  • Email: wesley.dotson@ttu.edu
  • Vita

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Kansas, 2010, Behavioral Psychology
  • M.A. University of Kansas, 2007, Applied Behavioral Science
  • B.A. University of Oklahoma, 1998, Psychology

Selected Publications

Dotson, W. H., Richman, D. M., Abby, L., Thompson, S., & Plotner, A. (2013).
Teaching skills related to self-employment to adults with developmental disabilities: An analogue analysis. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34, 2336-2350.

Rojahn, J., Barnard-Brak, L., Richman, D. M., Dotson, W. H., Medeiros, K., Wei, T.,
Abby, L. (2013). Behavior problems in individuals with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome: Population-specific validation of the Behavior Problem Inventory-01. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 25, 505-515.

Dotson, W. H. & Luckey, C. (2013). Interventions based on applied behavior analysis at
school, home, and within the community. Chapter in M. Haney, Understanding Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Educators Partnering with Families. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.

Richman, D. M., Dotson, W. H., Rose, C. A., Thompson, S., & Abby, L. (2012). Effects of age on the types and severity of excessive fears in children and young adults with autism. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 5, 215–235.

Leaf, J. B., Dotson, W. H., Oppenheim, M. L., Sheldon, J. B., Sherman, J. A. (2012). A
programmatic description of a social skills group for young children with autism. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 32(2), 111-121.

Leaf, J. B., Oppenheim, M. L., Dotson, W. H., Courtemanche, A. B., Johnson, V. A., Sherman, J. A., & Sheldon, J. B. (2011) The effects of no-no prompting on
teaching expressive labeling of facial expressions. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 46-2, 186-203.

Bernstein, D. J. & Dotson, W. H. (2010). Promoting teaching excellence in professional
education of behavior analysts. Special volume of The European Journal of
Behavior Analysis, 11(2), 277-288. –Invited manuscript.

Dotson, W. H., Sheldon, J. B., and Sherman, J. A. (2010). Supporting student learning: Improving performance on short-essay exams using realistic practice opportunities. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 10(3), 106-118.

Dotson, W. H., Leaf, J. B., Sheldon, J. B., and Sherman, J. A. (2010). Group teaching of
conversational skills to adolescents on the autism spectrum. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4, 199-209.

Leaf, J. B., Dotson, W. H., Oppenheim, M. L., Sheldon, J. B., & Sherman, J. A. (2010).
The effectiveness of group teaching interactions for young children with autism. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4, 186-198.

Dotson, W. H., & Bernstein, D. J. (2009). A method for putting a teaching center in context: An informal comparison of teaching centers at large state universities. To Improve the Academy, 28, 82-97.

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