Dr. Jennifer Zarcone Named Chief Clinical Officer of May Institute



Randolph, Mass. — Jennifer Zarcone, Ph.D., BCBA-D, has been named Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) of May Institute, a national nonprofit organization serves individuals across the lifespan with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, including brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders. 

Dr. Zarcone previously served as May Institute’s Senior Vice President for Adult Clinical Services and Director of Training. In her new position, she will oversee the organization’s Clinical Leadership mission which is responsible for developing, implementing, and leading clinical initiatives as well as setting standards and establishing indicators for excellence in service delivery, behavioral support, training, outreach, and research.

In addition, Dr. Zarcone will oversee clinical strategic planning, the development of systems to ensure clinical integrity, and the process of identifying and securing resources needed to ensure quality clinical services.

“Jennifer is an expert in autism with an international reputation for excellence in the field of applied behavior analysis, and she has been a valuable member of May’s executive and clinical leadership teams for the past three years,” said Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D. ABPP, President and CEO of May Institute. “As Chief Clinical Officer, I know she will contribute in even more significant ways to our clinical excellence and our position as a leader in the field of ABA.” 

Prior to joining May Institute, Dr. Zarcone was an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. There, she served as a clinical supervisor and co-Director of Training in the Department of Behavioral Psychology. She was also a faculty member of the University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). 

A Fellow of the Association of Behavior Analysis (ABAI), Dr. Zarcone has held leadership positions on the Association’s Practice Board and Science Board. She has also served as conference coordinator for ABAI’s annual Autism Conference.

Previously an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of Intellectual Disabilities Research, Dr. Zarcone is currently an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Developmental Disabilities. She served as Guest Editor for the Behavior Analysis in Practice special issue on Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Zarcone is currently on the executive board of Women in Behavior Analysis and the International Association for Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Dr. Zarcone is a doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a licensed psychologist. She earned her Ph.D. from the Experimental Analysis of Behavior program at the University of Florida, Department of Psychology.

About May Institute
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. Founded more than 65 years ago, we provide a wide range of exceptional educational and rehabilitative services across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit


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