Clinical Director, The Center for Autism; Behavioral Services Manager


  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Psychotherapy

Tom Flis is a board certified and licensed behavior analyst and licensed clinical professional counselor who has more than 20 years of experience working with children and adults diagnosed with a developmental disability across multiple settings, including in-home, schools, inpatient, outpatient, and out in the community. He currently serves as the Clinical Director for the Center for Autism and also as the Behavioral Services Manager for inpatient units at Sheppard Pratt.

His areas of scholarly interest include the functional analysis of problem behavior, the young adult transition in autism spectrum disorder, and the treatment of self-injurious behaviors. Tom has worked with and contributed to nationwide research consortiums, served as guest editor for autism-related journals, and is currently working with a team of researchers for the Point-of-Care Research & Innovation division at Sheppard Pratt.

Tom Flis joined Sheppard Pratt in 2003 as a student intern. Since then, he has provided intensive in-home and inpatient behavioral therapy and has provided outpatient psychotherapy for a wide array of individuals facing a variety of issues. He has received his clinical and research reliability certification in administering the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition (ADOS-2). He helps manage The Center for Autism at Sheppard Pratt where he oversees clinician training and conducts numerous assessments throughout the evaluation process. Tom is a board approved supervisor for the Board of Professional Counselors and for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and currently oversees the undergraduate psychology and graduate level counseling students on the inpatient units at Sheppard Pratt. He also manages and supervises the inpatient behavior specialists and is responsible for developing the behavioral programs across several units.