Clinical Advisory Board


Dr. Claudia Dozier Blue Sprig Clinical Advisory Board Member

Dr. Claudia Dozier

Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Claudia Dozier received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Psychology (with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis) in 2006 and is currently an Associate Professor in Applied Behavioral Science. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2001 and has worked for over 20 years with children and adults with various intellectual and developmental disabilities (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, mental retardation, Down syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome). Her clinical expertise is in procedures for increasing appropriate skills (e.g., social skills, educational skills, language and communication skills, self-help skills) and the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders (e.g., self-injurious behavior, physical aggression, property destruction, feeding disorders, inappropriate sexual behavior, stereotypic behavior). Her goal in her clinical work has been to increase quality of life and independence in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by increasing important skills and decreasing problem behavior.

Dr. Dozier conducts research on the assessment and treatment of behavior disorders including severe problem behavior (e.g., physical aggression, self-injury, property destruction) and feeding disorders (e.g., food refusal). She also conducts research on (a) variables that affect preferences and choices made by children, (b) the influence of attention (e.g., praise) as a reinforcer for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and typically developing children, (c) intensive toilet-training procedures, and (d) variables that affect skill acquisition in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Dozier has published over 40 book chapters and empirical articles in her areas of research. In addition, she has conducted over 80 presentations on her clinical and research work. Dr. Dozier serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and on several editorial boards of high impact journals in the field of behavior analysis.
Dr. Terry Falcomata Blue Sprig Clinical Advisory Board Member

Dr. Terry Falcomata

Ph.D., BCBA-D

Terry S. Falcomata is an Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Master’s in Behavior Analysis and Therapy from Southern Illinois University, and his Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Iowa. Dr. Falcomata and his students conduct translational and applied research that focuses primarily on the assessment and treatment of problem behavior. He and his students’ work includes the translation and application of basic learning principles pertaining to persistence, relapse, and operant variability both with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and within their human operant lab. Dr. Falcomata has published numerous articles in behavior analytic journals such as the Psychological Record, Behavior Modification, the Journal of Behavioral Education, Behavioral Interventions, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Behavioral Education, Associate Editor for the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities and serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Modification, Behavioral Development Bulletin, Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Neurorehabilitation, and Learning Disabilities Quarterly.

Dr. Dorothea Lerman  Blue Sprig Clinical Advisory Board Member

Dr. Dorothea Lerman

Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dorothea Lerman is currently a Professor of Psychology 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 (e.g., aggression, 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.