Christine Downs has spent over 30 years serving children, youth, and adults with a focus on helping schools and human services agencies create safe, effective, and supportive environments.
Ms. Downs earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ithaca College, and her master’s degree in Education from Arizona State University. She has recently begun the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certification Program at Clemson University to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
Prior to joining the May, Ms. Downs spent 10 years working with high needs and high-risk youth in school-based, residential, and juvenile justice settings as a Therapeutic Counselor, Residential Manager, and staff trainer. She then transitioned to improving systems at the school, district, regional, and state level. Through the New York State (NYS) Education Department regional office and the NYS Center for School Safety, she spent 11 years as a Regional PBIS Specialist working on the NYS PBIS Initiative. Christine served on the NY Statewide PBIS Evaluation Committee, and in 2008 was recognized for her work in PBIS by the NYS Board of Regents.
Ms. Downs joined May Institute in September of 2014 as the Director of PBIS. Along with the PBIS team, she provides training, coaching, and technical assistance support to nearly 100 districts and schools across Massachusetts and New England. She regularly presents at state, national, and international PBIS conferences, and is a key member the steering committee for the annual May Institute New England PBIS Forum. In 2016, she led partnership efforts between May Institute and The University of Connecticut (UConn) to become the lead trainers and technical assistance providers for the MA-DESE/UCONN PBIS Academywhich continues to train upwards of 45 Massachusetts schools each year.