Cara L. Phillips, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Executive Director, May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Wilmington, Mass.

Dr. Phillips has worked with children and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for close to 20 years in a variety of settings including residential, in-home, public and non-public school placements, and an intensive in-patient hospital unit.

She received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida State University, and her Ph.D. in Psychology, with an emphasis in the experimental analysis of behavior, under the mentorship of Dr. Timothy Vollmer at the University of Florida. Dr. Phillips completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level (BCBA-D) who is interested in both how to better teach individuals with ASD and also in identifying the causes of, and optimal methods to reduce, problematic behavior.

Dr. Phillips has published papers related to both skill acquisition and problem behavior reduction, in addition to presenting at local and national conferences. She has been a guest reviewer for several journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Analysis in Practice, and the International Journal of Developmental Disabilities. She has also taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and mentored a number of behavior analysts in training.