Mary Jane Weiss, PhD, BCBA-D
Mary Jane Weiss is the executive director of research at Melmark. She is also a professor at Endicott College, where she directs the master’s program in ABA and autism. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers University in 1990. She became a board-certified behavior analyst in 2000. Previously, she was an associate research professor at Rutgers and the clinical director at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers.
Her clinical and research interests center on the identification of best-practice ABA techniques, evaluating the impact of ABA in learners with autism, building social skills, increasing the success of inclusive experiences, evaluating the efficacy of ancillary treatments, and maximizing family members’ expertise and adaptation.
She has written numerous articles and four books on autism: Right from the Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism (coauthored with Sandra Harris, 1998; 2nd edition, 2007); Reaching Out, Joining In: Teaching Social Skills to Young Children with Autism (coauthored with Sandra Harris, 2001); Sibling Stories: Reflections on Life with a Brother or Sister on the Autism Spectrum (coauthored with Lynne Stern Feiges, 2004); and Practical Solutions for Educating Young Children with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome (2008). She is also a regular presenter at regional, national, and international conferences on topics relevant to ABA and autism.
She has served as president of the Autism Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis, and serves on the board of trustees for Autism New Jersey, on the board of the Association for Professional Behavior Analysts, and on the scientific council of the Organization for Autism Research.