Melissa Drifke, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Clinical Director, May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Randolph, Mass.

Dr. Drifke oversees clinical programming in behavior analytic interventions for students aged 12 to 22 at the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Randolph, Mass.

She provides direction and support to staff in: functional assessment and treatment of problem behavior; behavior support plans; and skill acquisition through an applied verbal behavior approach.

Dr. Drifke is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Endicott College, a May Institute-affiliated graduate program in applied behavior analysis (ABA).

Prior to joining May Institute, Dr. Drifke worked in the ABA research laboratory at the Tiger Center in Milwaukee, Wis., and provided home-based ABA services for individuals with autism and severe problem behavior.

Her research interests include: functional analyses and treatments for challenging behaviors; promoting tolerance to delays to reinforcement; functional communication training, behavioral skills training to teach intervention skills to staff and families; and preference for choice-making opportunities.

Dr. Drifke earned both her master’s doctorate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.