Dr. Richard B. Graff Joins May Institute as Senior Vice President of Clinical Training and Services


Randolph, Mass. – Richard B. Graff, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA, has been named Senior Vice President of Clinical Training and Services of May Institute, a national nonprofit organization that serves individuals across the lifespan with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs.

[Read Dr. Graff's bio here.]

Dr. Graff comes to May Institute from the New England Center for Children where he worked for more than 30 years, serving in a number of capacities including Senior Scientist and Clinical Director. He is on the Board of Directors of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy, and serves on the Conference Planning Committee for the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts. He also serves as a clinical consultant to the Rhode Island Department of Human Services, and on the Code Compliance Committee of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®).

In his new position at May Institute, Dr. Graff will oversee the implementation of applied behavior analysis (ABA) training at all levels and lead the organization’s Continuing Education programs and educational affiliations with ABA programs.

“I am delighted that Dr. Graff has joined our executive and clinical leadership teams,” said Lauren C Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, May Institute President and CEO. “He is a highly esteemed national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis and will expand the clinical depth and breadth of all May Institute programs.”

Dr. Graff received a master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University in Boston, and a Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis from Western New England College in Springfield. He is a licensed behavior analyst and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at the doctoral level.

He has taught in Northeastern University's Applied Behavior Analysis program, and currently serves as a Clinical Adjunct Faculty member for Western New England University’s master's program in Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Graff’s research interests include preference and reinforcement, choice, functional assessment and treatment of challenging behavior, skill acquisition in learners with severe disabilities, and staff and parent training. He has published more than 35 articles and book chapters, and has presented his research across the country, as well as in South America, Australia, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Dr. Graff has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavioral Interventions, and his research has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavioral Interventions, Behavior Modification, Research in Developmental Disabilities, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Behavior Analysis in Practice.

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