Nidal Daou, PhD, BCBA-D

Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Adjunct Professor


Nidal Daou received her PhD in Psychology from the Learning Processes and Behavior Analysis subprogram at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her teaching experience started in graduate school. Whether in the traditional or virtual classroom, she finds great enjoyment in teaching. Her research interests include social interaction and independent engagement among children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. Inspired by the neurodiversity movement, she recently found a great interest in encouraging a participatory research approach in applied behavior analysis (ABA).

Her clinical experience started at the New York Child Learning Institute, where she administered and supervised service provision for children and youths on the spectrum. Upon completion of her PhD, she returned to her hometown of Beirut, Lebanon, where she introduced ABA to her students at the American University of Beirut, developed and coordinated the first Verified Course Sequence in Lebanon, and published the first ABA research paper concerned with autism in Lebanon. In 2017, she returned to the United States, where she has been teaching, conducting research, and completing supervised hours toward board certification.