Thomas Zane

Thomas Zane
  • Director of Online Behavior Analysis Programs

Contact Info

Dole Human Development Center, 4029


Dr. Thomas Zane is a Professor of Practice and the Director of Online Programs in Behavior Analysis in the Department of Applied Behavioral Science at the University of Kansas. Dr. Zane earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in psychology at Western Michigan University and his doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis at West Virginia University. He has served as a Post-Doctorate Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts and as a Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Zane serves on the Executive Board of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, the international organization that represents the field of behavior analysis. Dr. Zane has been the past President of the Ethics Special Interest Group of the International Association for Behavior Analysis. His research interests include online learning, evidenced-based practice in autism, and the philosophy of science and radical behaviorism. He is particularly interested in why some behavior analysts drift from the code and the importance of adhering to choosing scientifically-supported treatments in clinical and educational work.

Dr. Zane’s research interests are:

  • Evidenced-based practices
  • Sustainability
  • Assent
  • Ethics

Selected Publications

Zane, T., Weiss, M. J., & Cihon, J. (2023). One worldview to rule them all. International ElectronicJournal of Elementary Education, 15(3), 173-185.

Fullerton, R., Zane, T., Francesca, V.T. , and Geller, E. S., (2023). Intervening to prevent unwanted touching of museum displays: Incorporating an observing response with three prompting conditions. Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, April, DOI: 10.1080/01608061.2023.2200050

McHugh, A., Zane, T., & Monroe-Gulick, A. L.  Adults with autism using self-management to decrease problem behavior: A review of the literature.  Journal of Positive Behavioral Intervention. May 2023

Marshall, K., Bowman, K., Teresko, L., Suarez, V., D., Schreck, K. A., Zane, T. and Leaf, J. (2023). Behavior analysts’ use of treatments for individuals with autism: Trends within the field. Behavior Analysts in Practice. DOI: 10.1007/s40617-023-00776-2

Myers, C., Zane, T., Van Houten, R., & Francisco, V. T.  (2022). The effects of pedestrian gestures on driver yielding at crosswalks:  A systematic replication.  Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 55(2) 572-583.

Scheibel, G., Zane, T., and Zimmerman, K. N.  (2022). An economic evaluation of emerging and ineffective interventions: Examining the role of cost when translating research into practice. Exceptional Children, 88(3), 245-262.

Zane, T., Diaz de Villegas, S. C., Kanaman, N. A., Romero, A. N., & Weiss, M. J. (2020). Ethics in Basic and Applied Research. In S. Hupp & J. D. Jewell, The Encyclopedia of Child and Adolescent Development. (pp. 1-13). New York: John Wiley and Sons. doi:10.1002/9781119171492.wecad05

Bross, L. A., Zane, T., & Kellems, R.O. (2019). Customer service skill development for students with autism spectrum disorder using video modeling. Career Development and Transion for Exceptional Individuals, 42(4), 246-252. Doi: 10.1177/2165143418794626.

Zawacki, J. M., Satriale, G., & Zane, T. (2018). The use of remote monitoring to increase staff fidelity of protocol implementation when working with adults with autism. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 1-13. Doi: 10.1177/1540796918810234

Davis, C. J., & Zane, T. (2016). A comparison of reading response methods to increase student learning. The Journal of Educators Online-JEO, 13(1), 25-38.

Schreck, K. A., Karunaratne, Y., Zane, T., & Wilford, H. (2016). Behavior analysts’ use of beliefs in treatments for people with autism: A 5-year follow-up. Behavioral Interventions, 31, 355-376. Doi: 10.1002/bin.1461.

Zane, T., Weiss, M.J. Davis, C., & Melton, I. (2016) Evidenced-based practices in treatment for autism and intellectual disabilities. In R. M. Foxx and J. A. Mulick (Eds.), Controversial therapies for autism and intellectual disabilities: Fad, fashion and science in professional practice. New York: Routledge.