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Russell Lang, PhD., BCBA-D Executive Director Assistant Professor, Special Education

Russ Lang

Russell Lang, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an assistant professor of Special Education and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He earned a doctoral degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and early childhood developmental disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Lang completed a post doctoral researcher position at the University of California in Santa Barbara. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers and multiple book chapters concerning the education and treatment of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. His primary research interest is in the treatment of problematic and challenging behaviors in individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Lang’s research is most often conducted in applied settings including children’s homes and schools. He serves on the editorial review board for Journal of Development and Physical Disabilities, Developmental Neurorehabilitation, and Behavior Modification and he is a former board member for Journal Applied Behavior Analysis.

 
Office: Education Building, Room 3008
Email: russlang@txstate.edu 

Jo Webber, PhD Founder Professor, Special Education

Jo Webber

Jo Webber, PhD, retired professor of Special Education, taught at Texas State University for 26 years. She began her professional career in 1976 teaching students with autism and emotional and behavioral disorders and continues to consult with school districts across the country about educational programs for students with autism. Dr. Webber was the first director of the Austin-Travis County MHMR Autism Center and currently serves as chair of the Austin Regional Task Force for Autism reporting to the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

Dr. Webber has co-authored three books, Autism: Teaching DOES Make a Difference (Wadsworth, 2002), Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Theory to Practice (Allyn & Bacon, 2008), and Educating Students with Autism: A Quickstart Manual (Pro-Ed, 2008), and served as president of the International Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, a division of the International Council for Exceptional Children.

In 2006, while serving as the College of Education Associate Dean for Research, she founded the Clinic for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Support (CARES) as a multi-disciplinary clinic serving children and youth with autism and their families. She served as Executive Director of CARES until June 2012 and plans to continue being involved with CARES activities.

 


Cynthia Plotts, PhDAssociate Professor, School Psychology Program

Cynthia Plotts

Dr. Plotts is a licensed psychologist and neuropsychologist.  She earned her doctorate in school psychology from the University of Texas in 1987. Dr Plotts is the School Psychology program coordinator and teaches courses including interviewing, assessment, biological bases of behavior, and individual and group counseling. Dr. Plotts' research areas of interest  identification, assessment and intervention for individuals with traumatic brain injury, pervasive developmental disorders, learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, and variables predicting admission and success in school psychology programs. She has published in the areas of rare disorders, learning disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders, and counseling with brain-injured populations. Dr. Plotts recently co-authored a text with Dr. Jo Webber, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Theory to Practice (Allyn & Bacon, 2008). In addition to her academic position at Texas State, Dr. Plotts has many years of experience providing psychological and neuropsychological evaluations and psychotherapy for individuals in school and clinical settings.

Office: Educational Building, ED 4034
Phone: 512.245.3086
Email: cp11@txstate.edu

 


Ting Liu, PhD Assistant Professor, Exercise and Sport Science

ting liu
Ting Liu, Ph.D., graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a doctoral degree in Motor Learning and Motor Development. She joined the faculty in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University in 2009. Dr. Liu’s research interests include examining motor behavior changes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), helping educators and parents to understand children’s motor skill development in early childhood, and assisting physicians, therapists, and other professionals to design early intervention programs for children with ASD. She is an active member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA). Dr. Liu was the recipient of the 2005 Mary Buice Alderson Scholarship for Teaching Excellence from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, she received the 2007 outstanding research paper award from NASPSPA. Dr. Liu currently serves as an early childhood physical activity consultant for Head Start Body Start National Center for Physical Activity and Outdoor Play affiliated with AAHPERD. She directed a 3-week summer camp for children with ASD in 2010. This camp, the first of its kind in the San-Marcos area, provided an innovative physical activity forum for children with ASD, created unique service-learning opportunities forthe camp counselors (university students), and served as a venue for Dr Liu’s research investigation of motor development patterns of children with ASD.

Office: Jowers, Room A127
Phone: 512.245.8259
Email: tingliu@txstate.edu 

Katy Davenport, MEd, BCBA

katy Davenport

Katy Davenport, M.Ed., BCBA, is the CARES Educational Clinic Director and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She earned a masters degree in Special Education with an emphasis in autism and early childhood developmental disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin. Katy has over 10 years of experience working with children with range of developmental and intellectual disabilities.  Specifically, Katy has worked in public schools as a district autism coordinator, as a private in home behavior therapist, and for government service agencies providing early intervention. Katy has done numerous professional development workshops, has designed Individualized Education Programs, written Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans and has conducted social skills groups for children with autism. As the CARES Educational Clinic Director, Katy has consulted with a number of school districts in the area concentrating on autism and challenging behavior.

Office: Education Building, Rm 1016
Phone: 512.245.7892
E-mail: kd22@txstate.edu