Miriam Liss, Professor of Psychology, earned a Ph.D. (2001) and M.A. (1998) in clinical psychology at the University of Connecticut, after receiving a B.A. (1995) with high honors in psychology from Wesleyan University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and has conducted research in autism and developmental disorders. She also studies such gender issues as feminism. Currently, her research interests include sensory processing and self-mutilating behavior in adolescents and young adults. In addition, she has developed a collaborative relationship with Reaching Potentials and Autism Outreach, non-profit organizations serving children with autism and their families, to train students in applied behavioral analysis. She also has developed a collaborative program between UMW and the New England Center for Children (NECC) where students can spend a semester at NECC outside of Boston, performing applied behavioral analysis in a school setting and taking classes for UMW elective credit.
Dr. Liss’s honors include election into Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi, where she was selected as the Regional Faculty Advisor Winner and supervised the chapter winning the National Chapter Award in 2006. She received the UMW Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award in 2005 and was a finalist in the SCHEV state award in 2006 and 2009. Her articles have been published in numerous journals including the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines. In addition, Dr. Liss and Mindy Erchull, assistant professor of psychology, published a paper they co-wrote in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, three papers they co-wrote in Psychology of Women, and co-presented posters at the American Psychological Association meeting and Association for Psychological Science meeting. Dr. Liss served for several years on the board of directors of Commonwealth Autism Services, an agency coordinating autism services throughout the state.