May Institute

Awards and Achievements

Over the years, excellence in service, training, and research at May Institute has led to both national and international recognition. We have been the proud recipients of many honors and awards.

What is most important about these awards is not the recognition they bring, but what they represent. Being selected as outstanding contributors in our field means that we are meeting our goal of provide the best possible services to the children and adults we serve.

May Institute's awards and achievements include:

  • May Institute is the first nonprofit human services organization in the country to receive top national honors from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA) and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). The Institute received the 2005 Outstanding Training Program Award from ABCT and the 2007 Award for Enduring Programmatic Contributions in Behavior Analysis from SABA.

  • May Institute is the first nonprofit human services organization in the country with two experts counted among only 56 Fellows of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) worldwide. The designation recognizes the most outstanding contributors to the field of behavior analysis. Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABPP, former President and CEO, was named a Fellow in 2007 and Dennis C. Russo, ABPP, former Chief Clinical Officer, was named a Fellow in 2008.

  • Former President and CEO Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABPP, was recognized in 2008 with the “Champions in Health Care” Lifetime Achievement Award by the Boston Business Journal.

  • The organization continuously seeks and receives the highest level of program accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). All of May Institute’s programs that have been through the CARF accreditation process have earned three-year accreditation. This constitutes one of the largest and most comprehensive accreditations CARF has ever awarded to a network of behavioral programs.

  • The Institute’s staff of nearly 2,000 includes more than 40 licensed and credentialed doctoral-level professionals, and more than 70 Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBAs).

  • Since 1978, the organization’s professional staff have published over 340 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books. May Institute professionals are active in the dissemination of best practices, and have conducted more than 1,700 invited presentations to international, national, and regional audiences.

  • The organization is guided by a Professional Advisory Board that includes leading authorities in the fields of education, developmental disabilities, and behavioral health. It maintains active affiliations with more than 50 universities, teaching hospitals, and human service organizations.

  • In 2005, the Institute sponsored the initial development of the National Autism Center, May Institute's Center for the Promotion of Evidence-based Practice. This  nonprofit organization is dedicated to supporting effective, evidence-based treatment approaches for autism.

  • In the past six years, May Institute has received 28 awards for excellence in communications, public relations, and marketing from prominent New England organizations. The awards recognize initiatives that reinforce the Institute's goals of increasing awareness about significant public health issues, such as the rising incidence rates of autism, and creating opportunities for individuals to access critical information and services.

  • May Institute has provided behavior analysis training to hundreds of students and professionals from countries around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, and West Africa.

  • Through its APA-accredited internship program, the organization has trained and supervised more than 100 pre-doctoral clinical psychology interns and post-doctoral fellows since 1998.

  • Over 740 graduate students have received their master’s degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis through May Institute’s MABA program, one of the earliest and now largest programs in the country.

  • The Institute has provided behavioral training to over 9,000 public school teachers over the past 15 years.

  • May Institute was recognized as one of America’s best nonprofits (Jossey-Bass, 1997).

  • The May Center for Child Development in Chatham, Mass., was honored by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the nation’s “Schools of Excellence.”

  • May Institute has been identified as one of the largest nonprofit providers in Massachusetts (Boston Business Journal, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011).  

  • May Institute was honored in 2010 by the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition for offering employment opportunities to individuals with mental illness.

  • In 2011, May Institute received a Peer Provider Award from the Providers' Council (Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers). Peer Provider Awards recognize agencies that have “gone the extra mile to serve their clients and consumers and are worthy of recognition by their peers.”