Todd A. Merritt

Doctoral Lecturer Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis

TM2463@hunter.cuny.edu
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Background

Dr. Todd Merritt, a nationally board certified and New York State licensed behavior analyst, is a Doctoral Lecturer in the Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis at Hunter College and the Director of Behavioral Services at The Arc Westchester. Todd received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Western Michigan University in 2010 and a Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2014 and 2017, respectively. He has worked in numerous clinical positions across the United States where he has primarily focused on providing quality services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and developing and examining systems to improve staff performance. Todd has presented at local, regional, and national conferences in areas such as skill acquisition programs, organizational behavior management, the use of technology to enhance clinical supports, and verbal behavior.

Education
  • Ph.D. in Behavioral Psychology, The University of Kansas
  • M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science, The University of Kansas
  • B.S. in Psychology, Western Michigan University
Teaching
  • Applied Behavior Analysis I
  • Applied Behavior Analytic Autism Interventions
  • Ethics and Professionalism for Applied Behavior Analysts
  • Practicum I
  • Thesis I and II
Research

Dr. Merritt’s principal research interests include evaluating effective and efficient staff training, performance management practices, and developing and evaluating programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Publications
  • Kisamore, A. N., Syed, N. Y., Merritt, T. A., & Schnell, L. K. (2021). Vocational skills for individuals with autism and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities: Implications for behavior analysts. In J. L. Matson (Ed.), Applied Behavior Analysis: A Comprehensive Handbook (pp of chapter). Springer.
  • Merritt, T. A., DiGennaro Reed, F. D., & Martinez, C. (2019). Using the Performance Diagnostic Checklist-Human Services to identify an indicated intervention to decrease employee tardiness. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 52(4), 1034-1048.
  • Gross, A., Fuqua, R. W., & Merritt, T. A. (2013). Evaluation of verbal behavior in older adults. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 29, 85-99.