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Melinda Docter, Ed.D., BCBA

Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Melinda Docter photo

Areas of Expertise:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Special Education
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Curriculum Development
  • Program Development
  • Behavior Treatment Plans
  • Functional Behavior Assessments
  • Data Collection
  • Moderate to Severe Disabilities
  • School Administration


  • A Study of Secondary Student Leaders and the Influence of Parent Involvement


  • Ed.D. Education – Organizational Leadership – Pepperdine University
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst – University of West Florida
  • Education Specialist Credential – Moderate to Severe Disabilities – California State University Northridge
  • Masters of Arts in Education – Pepperdine University
  • Administrative Credential – Pepperdine University
  • Multiple Subjects Credential (General Education) – Pepperdine University
  • BA in Music – California State University Northridge


“Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide to Helping Your Child Thrive at Home and at School” Wiley and Sons Publication (2010)

“Including Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Civic Responsibility” Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University (Pending)

Selected Professional Experience:

  • Fulbright Scholar – Mykolaiv, Ukraine – Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University
  • Assistant Professor and Director of Board-Certified Behavior Analysis Program – Loyola Marymount University
  • Education Director – Westmoreland Academy Non-Public School
  • Research Associate - UCLA Semel Institute for Human Behavior
  • Board Member – Gray Academy