Jane Carlson

Faculty Member

Dr. Jane Carlson


Dr. Carlson is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (Doctoral) with more than 35 years of experience working with children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Carlson began her career as a special education teacher and received her PhD in clinical psychology from SUNY Stony Brook, under the mentorship of Dr. Edward Carr. Dr. Carlson has held leadership roles at a number of programs serving individuals with ASD, including The Groden Center in RI, and The May Institute in MA. She served as an expert panelist on the National Standards Project, a review of evidence-based practices in the treatment of autism. She served as Education Director of the Autism Center at Virginia Commonwealth University and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She has directed the Autism Inclusion Project at the Developmental Disabilities Institute in Smithtown, NY, providing technical assistance and training to public schools to build capacity to serve students with ASD. Dr. Carlson has mentored graduate students and served as adjunct faculty at Fitchburg State College, Northeastern University, Salve Regina University, and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Dr. Carlson is currently Assistant Professor in the School of Education at UVU where she directs the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism, coordinates the MEd in Applied Behavior Analysis, and teaches in the Autism Studies program. Dr. Carlson has presented her work at national and international conferences and her publications have been translated for international audiences.


Ph D, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1999

Major: Clinical Psychology

MA, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1990

Major: Psychology

BS, Keene State College, 1982

Major: Elementary/Special Education


EDAB 6020

Ethics and Professional Competencies in Applied Behavioral Analysis, Summer 2024


ABA Supervision Seminar, Spring 2024

EDAB 6050

Functional Behavior Assessment and Treatment, Spring 2024


Project III, Spring 2024


Project III, Spring 2024

ICCS 1030

Social Skills, Sexuality, and Mature Relationships, Spring 2024


Carlson, Jane (Chair), UVU Autism Conference, "Autism and Sexuality_ A Panel Discussion", Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism, Orem, UT. ()
Carlson, Jane (Presenter & Author), Bowen, Laurie (Presenter Only), An In Depth Look at Autism and Mental Health, "What Everyone Needs to Know About Autism and Suicide", Scenic View Academy, Provo, UT. (April 14, 2023)
Carlson, Jane (Presenter & Author), Bowen, Laurie (Presenter & Author), UVU conference on Suicide Prevention, "Isolation, Bullying, Autism and Suicide", Utah Valley University College ofHumanities and Social Sciences, UVU, Orem, UT. (November, 2022)
Carlson, Jane (Presenter & Author), ABAI 11th International Conference, "University-Community Collaboration as a Mechanism to Improve the Lived Experience of Autistic Individuals and Their Families", Association for Behavior Analysis International, Dublin, Ireland. (September, 2022)
Carlson, Jane (Presenter & Author), Association for Behavior Analysis International 48th Annual convention, "Building Programs for Persons with Autism Through Collaboration_ Models That Work", ABAI, Boston, MA. (May, 2022)
Carlson, Jane (Presenter & Author), Jordan School District Special Education Conference, "Post-secondary Education for Students with Developmental Disabilities", Jordan School District, S. Jordan, UT. ()

Scholarly/Creative Works

Carlson, Jane , "Array" . ResearchGate.
Malbica, Anne , O'Neill, Robert , Carlson, Jane , "Toward the Application of the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce (PTR) Model in Adult Services" . Washington, DC: Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities.
Malbica, Anne , O'Neill, Robert , Carlson, Jane , "Toward the Application of the Prevent-Teach-Reinforce (PTR) Model in Adult Service Settings" . Behavior Modification/Sage Journals.


UtABA Service Award

Utah Association for Behavior Analysis - August, 2020

Award for service as organization president; three years including president-elect, president, and past president.

Graduate Mentor Award

School of Education - May, 2019

In Spring of 2019, I was honored to be awarded the SOE Graduate Mentor Award. This award is particularly gratifying as I was nominated and selected for the award by the graduate students in our department. As a faculty who was just completing two years at UVU at the time, and developing and teaching new courses in a newly approved sequence, the recognition took me by surprise. I see it as validation that my goal of spending the last 10 years of my professional career training the next generation of behavior analysts was the right choice. I love the teaching environment at UVU and the time and flexibility it affords me to truly focus on my students. I am very proud to be able to help them achieve their individual and professional goals.