Wes Dotson, Ph.D., BCBA-D is the Director of the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research and an Associate Professor in the Special Education Program at Texas Tech University. He earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology in 2010 from the University of Kansas. He has spent over 18 years in special education, working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities of all ages. His primary areas of research are social skills, relationship development, and successful life outcomes for adolescents and young adults with autism, as well as the preparation of teachers and other professionals to work successfully with individuals on the spectrum. In his role as Director of the Burkhart Center Dr. Dotson oversees over a dozen clinical services, multiple funded grant projects, and several cross-disciplinary research groups exploring issues related to autism identification and treatment in the community. Burkhart Center team members work with over 100 university and community partners to provide an array of services and opportunities for those served by the center.