Carlson, Jane
Assistant Professor - Director Center for Autism
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Jane I. Carlson, Ph.D., BCBA-D


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 the State University of New York at 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 Providence, RI, and The May Institute in Randolph, MA. She served as an expert panelist on the National Standards Project, a review of evidence-based practices in the treatment of autism, produced by the National Autism Center. She served as Education Director of the Autism Center at Virginia Commonwealth University and as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, she has served as Director of 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 autism spectrum disorders. 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 Utah Valley University where she directs the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism, coordinates the Master’s program 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.