Merrill Winston Ph.D., BCBA is a Behaviour Analyst who has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for over 20 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and majored in Psychology. It was at the University of Florida as an undergraduate that he first began his work with persons with developmental disabilities. He earned his Ph.D., in 1992 after which he moved back to Florida and worked for 9 years as the Senior Behaviour Analyst at a large state-run residential facility for adults with developmental disabilities. He has been with the PCMA since 2002
Dr. Winston is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst with specialties in developmental disabilities & behaviour disorders, and a Crisis Management Instructor Trainer & Consultant who specializes in the analysis and treatment of severe behaviour disorders with special populations. His range of treatment experience includes feeding disorders, self-injury, severe aggression, language acquisition, and skill acquisition problems. Dr. Winston is a popular speaker at conferences and conducts presentations on a wide variety of topics in behaviour analysis including psychotropic medication usage, mental illness, autism, exceptional student education, assessment and treatment of behaviour problems, IEP goal selection and measurement, and a variety of conceptual issues as they relate to conducting behaviour.
Dr. Winston has worked in a variety of settings including private homes, group homes, large institutions, secured facilities, schools and day-treatment programs. He is an experienced expert witness and frequently consults with attorneys, parents and advocates of persons with disabilities. He currently spends at least one day a week as the Behaviour Analysis Consultant for Palm Beach County Schools, which is the 11th largest school district in the nation. He sees children in special education classrooms throughout Palm Beach County’s 184 Schools.
Like other PCMA professional staff Dr. Winston is an accomplished martial artist, giving him a thorough understanding of body mechanics and movement. He has worked “hands on” with a variety of individuals with severe aggression and self-injury and has worked side by side with direct care staff in a variety of settings.