Dr. Beth Jerskey Named May Institute’s Vice President of Professional Training and Research


Randolph, Mass. – Beth A. Jerskey, Ph.D., has been named May Institute’s Vice President of Professional Training and Research. In addition, she is the organization’s new Director of Clinical Training for its doctoral internship program in Clinical Psychology, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

[Read Dr. Jerskey's bio here.]
Her responsibilities also include directing the May Center for Applied Research and overseeing organization-wide research efforts. She manages all professional continuing education series and participates in the organization’s clinical leadership team and agency-wide clinical projects including electronic data management.
“Dr. Jerskey brings a wealth of experience in autism evaluation, intervention, and research,” said Deidre L. Donaldson, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer for May Institute. “Prior to coming to the Institute, she was the project coordinator for the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART), a novel state-wide research registry that pairs families affected by autism spectrum disorder with cutting-edge researchers. Dr. Jerskey’s expertise in neuroimaging and behavioral genetics opens more avenues for May Institute to provide the highest level of care for the individuals it serves.”
Trained as a neuropsychologist, Dr. Jerskey graduated from Boston University with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She completed her clinical internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and a postdoctoral fellowship through the Alpert Medical School of Brown University’s Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, where she continues to maintain a faculty position in research.
A licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Dr. Jerskey sits on the Rhode Island Psychological Society’s Ethics Board as well as hospital-based institutional review boards and ethics committees. Most recently, her research has involved ethical considerations around informed consent to research. This research has been presented locally as well as at the International Society for Autism Research’s annual meeting in 2014. Her peer-reviewed articles have appeared in JAMA Neurology, Brain and Behavior, and The Journal of Neuroscience.
Dr. Jerskey is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association Division 40 (Neuropsychology), The International Neuropsychological Society, and Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research.
About May Institute
May Institute is an award-winning nonprofit organization with 60 years of experience in serving children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health needs. The organization provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals, as well as training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems. At more than 150 service locations across the country, highly trained staff work to create new and more effective ways to meet the special needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit

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