Whitney L. Kleinert, Ph.D., LP, LABA, BCBA-D
Director of School Consultation

As the Director of School Consultation at May Institute, Dr. Kleinert oversees the implementation of applied behavior analysis (ABA) direct and consultation services across all school-based contracts, including Boston Public Schools.

A licensed Psychologist (LP) in Massachusetts, a certified health service provider, and a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D), Dr. Kleinert is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) and serves as an adjunct lecturer for the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Dr. Kleinert received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia, and worked in several research laboratories. She received her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

She completed her predoctoral internship through Louisiana State University’s Louisiana School Psychology Internship Consortium with a primary placement in an urban alternative school for students with severe emotional impairments and behavioral challenges. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at May Institute where she worked on a grant-funded randomized controlled trial involving the development and implementation of a modular intervention to address the individual needs of students with autism. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she also provided behavioral consultation, assessment, and direct services to individuals with autism and comorbid developmental disabilities. 

Dr. Kleinert is first- and co-author on several publications and national/international presentations. Her general research interest is in the identification and provision of effective, function-based interventions for individuals with behavioral challenges.