Sarah Connolly, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Director of Early Intervention and Acting Regional Director for Home, School, and Center-Based Services in Western Massachusetts

Dr. Sarah Connolly oversees clinical programming for young children receiving intensive ABA services through the May Institute. She provides ongoing training for and supervision of May Institute clinicians who use an applied verbal behavior approach through individual, dyad, and group instruction.
A licensed clinical psychologist and doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D), Dr. Connolly earned both her master’s and doctorate degrees in School Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She completed an American Psychological Association-accredited internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Marcus Autism Center/Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga., where she worked under the mentorship of Dr. Alice Shillingsburg.
Prior to joining May Institute, she worked at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where she oversaw the parent training program at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
She is a member of the adjunct faculty in the Ball State University Department of Special Education for programs focused on autism and applied behavior analysis.
Dr. Connolly’s areas of interest include expanding the communicative repertoires of minimally vocal children and instruction and clinical supervision of trainees in applied behavior analysis and professional psychology.
Her published works focus on:
Intensive ABA therapy for a child with fetal alcohol syndrome;
Assessment, prevention, and intervention for abuse among individuals with disabilities; and
Group psychotherapy and high ability programs for high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
In addition, she has made a number of presentations at national and international conferences on training for parents of children with ASD.