Partnerships and Affiliations


For decades, May Institute has been committed to expanding its mission by building relationships and developing partnerships. Joining forces with hospitals, universities, school districts, and other organizations and agencies, we have greatly increased the variety and quality of services we provide to thousands of individuals across the country.

“We don’t just serve individuals,” explains Dennis Russo, Ph.D., ABPP, Chief Clinical Officer of May Institute. “We seek to improve the systems through which those individuals receive the care they need. By sharing capabilities, resources, and expertise with other organizations, May Institute has put together incredibly sophisticated and unique programs.”

The Fernandes Center for Children & Families (FCCF) in Fall River, Mass., is an example of the Institute’s partnership with a hospital that created a pediatric center to provide community-based medical and behavioral care to a needy community. The Institute is establishing a similar center for children with autism and their families in California’s Silicon Valley. 

May Institute has also partnered with a number of universities, providing internship opportunities and helping hundreds of students earn master’s degrees. Through our affiliation with the Northeastern University Behavior Analysis Program, for example, over 740 students have received training.

“Students, patients, and families need to have programs and services where they live and work,” Russo continues.  "When we partner with other organizations, we are able to bring very specialized services to the point of need.”

In addition, the Institute provides Positive Behavior Support (PBS) services to schools throughout the Northeast that help educators improve the behavioral climate and enhance academic performance in their schools. This includes a contract with the state of Vermont to serve school districts across that state.

“Our cooperative spirit is exceptional within our industry,” says Russo. “We believe in creating enduring  partnerships with a host of other organizations, bringing ‘us’ and ‘them’ together for the benefit of the individuals we serve.”