May Institute Names New Chief Operating Officer and Chief Clinical Officer


Randolph, Mass. – May Institute, a leading national provider of educational, behavioral, and rehabilitative services for individuals with special needs, has announced the appointment of Ralph Sperry, Ph.D., as Chief Operating Officer and Lauren Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, as Chief Clinical Officer.

Dr. Sperry has over 30 years of experience in behavioral health management and expertise in organizational and business psychology. His previous roles include CEO for psychiatric hospitals, special education schools, and behavioral health systems in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Mexico. At May Institute, he has served as the Senior Vice President of the Institute’s consulting services. During that time, he led the division through a comprehensive evaluation that resulted in performance improvements and the reorganization of its service delivery structure. In his new position, he will oversee the day-to-day operations of all May Institute’s services including behavioral health, adult services, consulting services, schools, and human resources.

Dr. Sperry received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Saybrook Institute in San Francisco, Calif. He is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and a licensed marriage and family therapist.

Dr. Solotar began her career at May Institute in 1996 as Chief Psychologist and Vice President of Clinical Services, and was promoted to Senior Vice President of Behavioral Health Services in 2001. In her new role, she will provide clinical oversight for all of May Institute’s programs and centers. Her responsibilities will include setting standards for clinical practice, credentialing and privileging staff, supervision of clinical procedures and interventions, and oversight of professional training programs and research. She will also oversee the behavioral health management contract at St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, and the delivery of clinical services at the Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic in Randolph.

A licensed psychologist who has extensive experience working with children and adolescents, Dr. Solotar is also board certified in behavioral psychology (ABPP). She is an expert in cognitive and dialectical behavior therapies and the treatment of eating and anxiety disorders. She received her doctorate from the University of New York at Albany, State University of New York.

“I am very pleased to announce the promotions of these two outstanding individuals to the Institute’s executive leadership team,” said Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABPP, President and CEO of May Institute. “I am confident that in their new positions they will continue to have a very positive impact on the services we provide to the individuals in our care.”

About May Institute
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and other behavioral health needs. Since its founding 55 years ago, May Institute has evolved into an award-winning national network that serves more than 25,000 individuals and their families annually. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit

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