David A. Rotholz, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Center for Disability Resources
Center for Disability Resources
School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
Columbia , SC 29208
Phone: 803-935-7819
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: August 02, 2021


Leadership: UCEDD Director
LEND Director
Leadership Administrative Staff: UCEDD Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Adult Services
Community Support
Technical Assistance
Discipline Coordinators: Psychology
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Behavior Support System Change Project
SC Act Early Team
Discipline(s): Psychology
Disability Studies
Positive Behavior Support, Autism
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Research and Evaluation
No Council Membership
Research: Positive Behavior Support:
Variables influencing effectiveness:

Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement:
Evaluation of reliability and validity of state QA/QI system
Education: PBS training on statewide basis

Curriculum development & implementation for ID/DD state system
Service: National & State leadership in ID/DD via professional association (AAIDD)

Development, implementation & management of statewide training efforts.



Education: University of Kansas, Ph.D. Developmental and Child Psychology
University of Kansas, M.A. Human Development
S.U.N.Y. at Plattsburgh, NY, B.A. Behavioral Science

Board Certified Behavior Analyst # 1-05-2424

PRESENT POSITION:  Director Center for Disability Resources (UCEDD), Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE (selected): Associate Director Center for Disability Resources (UCEDD), Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Director, Community Outreach Programs and Research Project Director, Institute for Disabilities Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; Clinical Director, Director of Behavioral Support, Training Director, and Research Associate, New England Center for Autism, Southboro, MA; Teacher, The May Institute (for Children with Autism), Chatham, MA, Residential Counselor, Living Resources Corp. (LIVCORP), Albany, NY.

EDITORIAL WORK: Consulting Editor, Intellectual Disabilities (current), Previously - Board of Editors, The Behavior Analyst, Editorial Review Board, Education and Treatment of Children, Guest Reviewer for Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.

COMMUNITY AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (current/recent): Past-President- of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (formerly AAMR, national), past-resident of the AAMR Psychology Division (national), Chair of SC AAMR Education and Training Committee, past Board member of The Arc of the Midlands (SC).

A few of the Publications: Over 20 publications in professional journals & books,

1. AAMR Positive Behavior Support Training Curriculum, Washington, DC: AAMR (Reid, Parsons, Rotholz, Braswell & Morris 2004). 2. Training human service supervisors in aspects of positive behavior support: Evaluation of a state-wide, performance-based program. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions (Reid, Rotholz, Parsons, Morris, Braswell ,Green, & Schell, 2003). 3. Implementing Person-Centered Planning on a Statewide Basis in South Carolina: Leadership, Training and Satisfaction Issues. (Butkus, Rotholz, Lacy, Abery,& Elkin, 2002) 4. A comparison of states' utilization of large residential settings for persons with mental retardation. Mental Retardation, 34(5), 303-311 (Rotholz, & Massey,1996). 5. Functionality of two modes of communication in the community by students with developmental disabilities: A comparison of signing and communication books. Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, 14(3), 227 – 233.(Rotholz, Berkowitz, & Burberry, 1989).

Current Grants and contracts: approximately 4,000,000 in federal and state funding.   One example of past grant: Moseley, C., Rotholz, D.A., & Lakin, K.C. (2005 - 2007). Assessment of Validity and Reliability of Multi-Tiered, Coordinated Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement Programs Statewide for SC DDSN. Total award = $300,000, CDR award = $164,688.

Presentations: Over 90 presentations at national and state professional conferences.

Consultations & Training: In ten states.


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