Board of Advisors

Little Star Center is a one of the few Indiana autism centers to be supported by a nationally recognized team of professionals working in the field of autism, who serve as resources for autism information, studies and practices. Our advisory board meets throughout the year to review best practices, studies and new information in the field of autism. We appreciate the experience and knowledge shared by this team of nationally known experts.

Eric V. Larsson, PhD, LP, BCBA-D

Dr. Larsson is currently the executive director of clinical services at the Lovaas Institute Midwest, where he implements a program of intensive early intervention services for families of children who suffer from severe behavior disorders, including autism. He is a Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral.

Dr. Larsson is a member of the clinical faculty in the Psychology Department at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches classes in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and in autism. He is currently a board member of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, the Autism Recovery Foundation, the Minnesota Northland Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Autism Treatment Association of Minnesota. He serves on the Autism Advisory Boards of both the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies and the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. He is the Policy Chair of the Minnesota Chapter of Autism Speaks. He serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Erik’s Ranch and Retreats. He is the honorary president of the Fundaçion Planeta Imaginario in Barcelona, Spain.

Dorothea C. Lerman, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dorothea C. Lerman, Ph.D., BCBA-D is Professor of Psychology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where she directs the master’s program in applied behavior analysis and serves as Director of the UHCL Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Florida, specializing in the experimental analysis of behavior. Her areas of interest include autism, developmental disabilities, functional analysis, teacher and parent training, and treatment of severe behavior disorders (e.g., aggression, self-injury). Dr. Lerman is the founding editor of Behavior Analysis in Practice and former associate editor of The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Research in Developmental Disabilities.

Patrick C. Friman, PhD., ABPP

Patrick C. Friman, PhD., ABPP received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. He is the current vice president of behavioral health at Boys Town and a Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska School of Medicine.

He was formerly on the faculties of Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, and Creighton Schools of Medicine. He also was formerly the director of the clinical psychology program at University of Nevada as well as the associate chairman of the department of psychology. Dr. Friman is the former editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and former president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. He is on the editorial boards of six peer-reviewed journals. The primary focus of his scientific and clinical work in is in the area of Behavioral Pediatrics and Behavioral Medicine.

Dennis Reid, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dennis Reid, Ph.D., BCBA-D has more than 35 years of experience as a manager and clinician in residential, educational, and community support settings for people with intellectual disabilities and autism, and has consulted with human service agencies in the majority of states of the United States as well as Canada and New Zealand.

Reid is the founder and current director of the Carolina Behavior Analysis and Support Center in Morganton, North Carolina, USA. His company has employed people with autism and other severe disabilities in a supported work capacity for 17 years.

His Motivating Human Service Staff book is now in its 2nd Edition and received the Writer’s Digest Certificate of Merit Award. Reid also is the senior author of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Supervisory Training Curriculum.

Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the executive director of research at Melmark. She also is  a Professor at Endicott College, where she directs the Master’s Program in ABA and autism. Dr. Weiss has worked in the field of ABA and Autism for over 25 years. Her clinical and research interests center on defining best practice ABA techniques, on evaluating the impact of ABA in learners with autism, in training staff to be optimally effective at instruction, and in maximizing family members’ expertise and adaptation.

She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University and has written numerous articles and four books on autism. Dr. Weiss is a regular presenter at regional, national, and international conferences on topics relevant to ABA and autism. She is past 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.

Thomas Zane, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Thomas Zane, Ph.D., BCBA-D is a professor of education and director of the Applied Behavior Analysis online program at the Institute for Behavioral Studies, Van Loan Graduate School, Endicott College. Dr. Zane earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology at Western Michigan University and his doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis at West Virginia University.

Dr. Zane has published in various journals and books, presented at regional, national, and international conferences, and been an invited lecturer in Ireland and the Republic of China. His research interests include teacher training, staff development, and evidenced-based practice in autism. As part of his duties at Endicott College, he offers a BCBA certificate program through distance learning.