Robert F. Putnam, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA-D
Executive Vice President of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Consultation

Robert F. Putnam, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA-D, oversees a team of school consultants who provide behavioral consultation to public schools in New England and across the country. As head of May Institute's research-based, school-wide behavioral support program, Dr. Putnam has provided consultation to districts throughout the country relative to effective discipline interventions.

He also serves as Senior Vice President of Research and Consultation at the National Autism Center (NAC) at May Institute, and was an Expert Panelist on the National Standards Project of the NAC. His research interests are in the use of function-based interventions to improve prosocial skills as well as behavioral support strategies with individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

Dr. Putnam is currently the President of the Massachusetts Association for Behavior Analysis (MassABA). In addition, he is a member of the Executive Board of the National Association of Positive Behavior Support, and serves as Treasurer. 

[Read press release about Dr. Putnam's election as President of MassABA.]

[Read "Adapting K-12 for Students with Autism" in District Administration magazine.]

Dr. Putnam received his Ph.D. from Boston College, and is a licensed psychologist and a certified health service provider. He has served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Putnam has given more than 100 presentations at schools, as well as at national and local conferences relative to development and implementation of effective discipline, applied behavior analysis, functional behavior assessment, and positive behavior support practices.

He is widely published in this field, including recent articles in Behavior Modification, Child and Family Behavior Therapy, Journal of Positive Behavior Intervention, Behavior Analysis Today, Psychiatric Services, and Journal of Special Education Leadership. Dr. Putnam also wrote a chapter in the book, Behavior Psychology in the Schools.