Heather Hughes, PhD, BCBA-D, LSSP

Associate Executive Director


Dr. Heather HughesDr. Hughes has served as a public school administrator, an Educational Diagnostician, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, and a certified Special Education Teacher with an Early Childhood endorsement. She is also a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.

Heather received her PhD from UNT’s Department of Educational Psychology, graduating from the Project STARS (Systematic Training for Autism Researchers and School Personnel) Program in 2011. She also earned a master’s degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Special Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Dr. Hughes’ experience spans 20 years of service in schools, communities, and homes. She has extensive experience working with individuals and families with autism, developmental delays, and learning differences. Heather’s areas of specialization include assessment and social skills intervention. She has presented at state, national, and international conferences on a variety of topics, including program evaluation, building effective school teams, behavior intervention, social skills development, and instructional strategies. She serves on several advisory boards, is the member of professional organizations, and teaches college courses on a variety of special education, assessment, and autism topics.

Heather grew up overseas and has lived and traveled abroad. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, running, yoga, and traveling with her husband, Todd. They enjoy hiking and fishing at their lake home with two very large Great Pyrenees dogs, Sacha and Sadie. Todd and Heather have six adult children who live across the State of Texas, in Chicago, and Hawaii.