Assistant Professor

Burkhart Center Room 207


Box 41071
Lubbock TX 79409-41071

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Wesley Dotson, Ph.D., BCBA

Short Biography:

Dr. Wesley H. Dotson is the Interim Co-Director and Director of Outpatient Services in the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research and an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership. He is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst and a certified special education teacher with more than 14 years of experience in the field of special education and a focus on working with children, adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Dr. Dotson earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology and his Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science from the University of Kansas. His Bachelor of Arts in Psychology was completed at the University of Oklahoma.


Professional Interests:

  • Improving long-term outcomes for children, adolescents, and young adults with ASD, including: social skills and relationship development, participation in post-secondary education, and meaningful employment.
  • Preparation of teachers and therapists to work successfully with students with ASD.
  • Translational research integrating findings from basic research with clinical interventions to further knowledge about both the mechanisms underlying clinical phenomenon and the effects of interventions on those mechanisms in areas such as transition problems in people with ASD.


Select Publications:

  Dotson, Wesley H, Leaf, Justin B, Sheldon, Jan, and Sherman, James A. (2009). Group Teaching of Conversational Skills to Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4, 199-209.

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.

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.

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.

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.