Texas Tech University

Wesley Dotson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Associate Professor, Director of the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research
Educational Psychology & Leadership

Email: wesley.dotson@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-0783

Office: Burkhart Center, Room 207


Wes Dotson is the Director of the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research and an Associate Professor in the Special Education Program at Texas Tech University. He earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology in 2010 from the University of Kansas.  He has spent over 19 years in special education, working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities of all ages.  His primary areas of research are social skills, relationship development, and successful life outcomes for adolescents and young adults with autism, as well as the preparation of teachers and other professionals to work successfully with individuals on the spectrum.  In his role as Director of the Burkhart Center Dr. Dotson oversees over 15 clinical services, multiple funded grant projects, and several cross-disciplinary research groups exploring issues related to autism identification and treatment in the community. Burkhart Center team members work with over 125 university and community partners to provide an array of services and opportunities for those served by the center. 

Wesley Dotson


  • 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

Rieken, C. J., Dotson, W. H., Carter, S. L., & Griffith, A. K. (2018). An Evaluation of Interteaching in an Asynchronous Online Graduate-Level Behavior Analysis Course. Teaching of Psychology, 0098628318779275.

Hite, R., Dotson, W.H., & *Beights, R. (2018). Employing Virtual Reality to Teach Face-Based Emotion Recognition to Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Chapter in Y. A. Zhang & D. Cristol, Handbook of Mobile Teaching and Learning (2nd Edition). Berlin, Germany:  Springer-Verlag.

Dotson, W. H., Rassmussen, E., Shafer, A., Colwell, M., *Densley, R. L., Brewer, A., *Alonzo, M., *Martinez, L. A. (2016). Evaluating the ability of the PBS children's show Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood to teach skills to two young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Behavior Analysis in Practice.

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.

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.

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., 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.