Executive Committee Members
Russell Lang, PhD, BCBA-D Assistant Professor, Special Education Executive Director
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 3010
Jo Webber, PhD Founder
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
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
Katy Davenport, M.Ed., BCBA Educational Clinic Director
Katy Davenport, M.Ed., 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 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, 1031