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Associate professor, Texas State University

Russell Lang, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is an Associate Professor of Special Education and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. He earned a doctoral degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and early childhood developmental disabilities from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Lang completed a post doctoral researcher position at the University of California in Santa Barbara. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters concerning the education and treatment of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. His primary research interest is in the treatment of challenging behaviors in individuals with autism spectrum disorders by improving communication and play skills. Dr. Lang’s research is most often conducted in applied settings including children’s homes and schools. He serves on the editorial review board for Journal of Development and Physical Disabilities, Developmental Neurorehabilitation, Journal of Child and Family Science, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities and Behavior Modification.


Association of Positive Behavior Supports Initial Research Award; TXST Presidential Award for Scholarly Activity; University of Canterbury New Zealand Erskine Fellow