Dr. Silva serves as the Senior Clinical Director of the Early Learning Program at the May Center School in Randolph, which she has overseen since 2018. The Early Learning Program specializes in working with children aged 5 to 12 diagnosed with autism, focusing on communication, academic skills, activities of daily living, and treatment of problem behavior.
Dr. Silva is a licensed psychologist, and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Ga., and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at May Institute under the supervision of Drs. Alice Shillingsburg and Cynthia Anderson.
She has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and presented at multiple state and national conferences. Her clinical and research interests include an emphasis on choice, efficient instruction, verbal behavior, and the overall social validity of treatments as determined by individuals with disabilities.