Dr. Docter joined Loyola Marymount University as the Director of the Behavior Analysis Program and Clinical Assistant Professor in September, 2017. Melinda has 28 years of combined experience in teaching and administration for both general education and special education. She holds a Doctorate in Education – Organizational Leadership and Masters in Education, both awarded by Pepperdine University and California State Credentials in General Education, Special Education in Moderate to Severe Disabilities, and Administration. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Dr. Docter was previously the Education Director at Westmoreland Academy – Nonpublic School for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities and was also an adjunct professor at Pacific Oaks College. She held the position of Vice President of Curriculum at TeachTown in 2010, a company that created products for children with autism and other developmental delays and was responsible for all curriculum development and California State Standards alignment. She served as the principal at Junior Blind of America’s Special Education School, providing educational and therapy services to children with multiple severe to profound disabilities, blindness and autism from 2008 to 2010. Melinda was also the principal at The Help Group’s Village Glen School, specializing in education and therapy services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger’s Syndrome from 2006-2008. In addition, Melinda was a Staff Research Associate at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital.
Melinda co-authored Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide to Helping Your Child Thrive at Home and at School (Wiley and Sons Publication) with coauthor Syed Naqvi, MD, Director of Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles.
Pepperdine University: Ed.D., Education - Organizational Leadership 2001
University of West Florida: Board Certified Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis 2014
Pepperdine University - CSUN: MA - Administrative Credential; Gen Ed Cred. Mod/Severe Disabilities Education Specialist Credential, Education-Administration 1996
Areas of Expertise (11)
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Applied Behavior Analysis
Moderate to Severe Disabilities
Curriculum and Instruction
Industry Expertise (1)
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