Harry Voulgarakis, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Harry Voulgarakis, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Assistant Professor

Child Study LI
Childhood or Adolescent Special Education LI
Infant Toddler Early Childhood Special Education LI


Long Island

  • 631.687.1215
  • O'Connor Hall, Room E307


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Concentration in Neuropsychology Fielding Graduate University

Internship, Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

M.A. in Clinical Psychology Fielding Graduate University

M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Arizona State University

B.S. in English and Psychology Southern Connecticut State University

Certification and License

Board Certified Behavior Analyst- Doctoral (BCBA-D); Licensed Behavior Analyst; Licensed Psychologist; Registered Health Service Psychologist; Certified Child Custody Evaluator


Dr. Harry Voulgarakis is an Assistant Professor of Child Study, as well as a psychologist and behavior analyst specializing in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders. He is experienced in assessing people from infancy through adulthood who may present with autism; ADHD; learning disorders; language and communication disorders; and complex genetic, medical, and behavioral profiles. At SJNY, he teaches coursework that includes research methods, child development, applied behavior analysis and psychoeducational assessment. Dr. Voulgarakis is also active in research, policy and teaching within and outside of the University. He is an executive board member of the NYSPA Forensic Psychology division, regularly provides consultation and training to schools and organizations, and has served as an expert witness and evaluator. He is an editorial board member for The Clinical Neuropsychologist, reviewer for Children’s Health Care and other academic journals, and sits on several University and external committees. His work has appeared in such other outlets as Autism Spectrum News and at research conferences across the globe.

Scholarly & Professional Interests

Pediatric health psychology; developmental effects of chronic illness; children’s rights and the law; family adjustment and caregiver strain; genetic syndromes and behavioral phenotypes; behavioral interventions to support complex learning profiles

Select Publications

Voulgarakis, H., Scher Lisa, J., & El-Mouchey, P. (2023). A systematic review of gender issues in behavior analytic research. International Journal of Psychology & Behavior Analysis, 9(1), 2-6.

Voulgarakis, H. (2022). Autism and the gut: co-occurring gastrointestinal challenges and psychosocial factors. Autism Spectrum News. Summer 2022 Issue.

Voulgarakis, H., Saulnier, C. A., Bendell-Estroff, D., Bush, P., & Field, T. (2021). Deficits in socialization and daily living skills associated with gastrointestinal symptoms in children with autism spectrum disorder. Children’s Health Care, 50(4), 398-412.

Rodriguez, S., Voulgarakis, H., Barry, P., Scher Lisa, J., Conde, K.A. & Sinisgalli, Y. (2021). Teaching special education during the COVID-19 pandemic: an exploratory mixed methods analysis. International Journal of Research in Teacher Education, 12(3), 10-31.

Voulgarakis, H. & Scher Lisa, J. (2021). Maternal anxiety, microbiome alterations, and implications for research in autism and schizophrenia. Integrative Pediatrics and Child Care, 4(1), 122-125.

Voulgarakis, H., Scher Lisa, J., Conde, K., & Davies, E. (2021). The experience of parenting children with autism spectrum disorders: a qualitative analysis. Child Care in Practice, DOI: 10.1080/13575279.2021.1939655

Voulgarakis, H., Bendell-Estroff, D. & Field, T. (2017). Autism and obesity: a population based analysis. Behavioral Development Bulletin, 13, 46-49.

Voulgarakis, H., Forte, S., Giacomelli, C., Bendell-Estroff, D., & Krous, H. (2016). Effects of antecedent manipulations and social reinforcement to increase lateral sleeping in a premature infant with obstructive sleep apnea. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 12, 196-199.

Voulgarakis, H. and Forte, S. (2015). Escape extinction and negative reinforcement in the treatment of a pediatric feeding disorders: a single case analysis. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 8, 212-214.

Conference Presentations

Voulgarakis, H. & Scher Lisa, J. (2023) Psychological and behavioral profiles in individuals who are gender and neurodivergent. International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Annual Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden.

Voulgarakis, H. (2023). Feeding and behavior in high-risk infants: impact and outcomes. International Conference on Growth and Development. London, England.

Voulgarakis, H. (2023). Severe emotional and behavioral challenges in child welfare. Children’s Justice Conference. Seattle, WA.

Voulgarakis, H., Conde, K., & Scher Lisa, J. (2022). Assessing cultural responsiveness in behavior analytic practice. Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) 11th International Conference. Dublin, Ireland.

Barry, P. & Voulgarakis, H. (2022). Play protocols: promoting learning and language through play. U.S. Play Coalition Annual Conference at Clemson University, Clemson, SC.

Voulgarakis, H., Conde, K., & Scher Lisa, J. (2021). Assessing diversity training in ABA graduate students. New York State Association for Applied Behavior Analysis (NYSABA), Annual Conference, Albany, NY.

Barry P. & Voulgarakis, H. (2021). The role of growth mindset in the development of literacy. New York State Reading Association, Annual Conference, Rochester, NY.

Scher Lisa J. & Voulgarakis, H. (2021). Neurodiversity in the College Classroom. The Teaching Professor Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Voulgarakis, H. (2019). Tales of Behavior Analysis: Understanding Family Centered Care and Sociocultural Barrier. NYSABA Annual Conference, Albany, NY.


“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” — Nelson Mandela