Dr. Gilder received her master’s and doctoral degrees in Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship and training at the Claremont Autism Center and her postdoctoral fellowship in the Vocational Core and the Early Learning Core at the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Randolph, Mass. Prior to starting at May Institute, Dr. Gilder was also the Associate Clinical Director at the Claremont Autism Center.
Following completion of her postdoctoral fellowship at May, Jenna took on the role of Clinical Director of the Vocational Core at the May Center School in Randolph. In this role, Dr. Gilder oversees clinical programing, in the realms of behavior analytics and skill acquisition, for students aged 14-22 years. She also provides clinical support to the two May residential homes in which some of her students reside.
Dr. Gilder’s clinical and research interests focus on providing a motivating environment that meets the needs of each student while integrating in both naturalistic social and vocational opportunities. Ultimately, preparing students for adulthood is a key driving force that impacts her daily work.