Dr. Robert Putnam Elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for Positive Behavior Support


Randolph, Mass. –Robert F. Putnam, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Senior Vice President of School Consultation at May Institute, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for Positive Behavior Support (APBS), an international organization dedicated to promoting research-based strategies to help schools and other organizations improve quality of life for and decrease problem behaviors in the individuals they serve. (See full bio.)

May Institute, a leading national provider of educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services for people with special needs, also offers consultation to public school systems through its Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) programs. PBIS is an application of evidence-based strategies and systems to assist schools to increase academic performance and safety, decrease problem behavior, and establish positive school cultures.

At May Institute, Dr. Putnam oversees a team of school consultants who provide behavioral consultation to over 100 public school districts in New England and other states including North Carolina and Georgia. As head of May Institute’s specialized school-wide behavior support program, Dr. Putnam has provided consultation to schools across the country relative to effective discipline interventions.

"Dr. Putnam’s appointment to the APBS board is a testament to his substantial influence in the PBIS field and the impact his expertise has on the national dialogue concerning what is becoming the methodology of choice within public school systems,” said Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, President and Chief Executive Officer of May Institute.

In 2012, Dr. Putnam was tapped by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make a PBIS-related presentation to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, a group comprised of some of the top autism experts in the country. 

A licensed psychologist and a certified health service provider, he received his Ph.D. from Boston College. He has served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Northeastern University’s Bouve College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Dr. Putnam has given more than 100 presentations at schools, as well as at local conferences, relative to development and implementation of effective discipline, functional behavior assessment, and positive behavior support practices.

About May Institute
May Institute is an award-winning nonprofit organization with more than 55 years of experience in serving children and adults with autism spectrum disorders 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, May Institute’s highly trained staff members work to create new and more effective ways to meet the special needs of individuals and families across the lifespan.

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