Ralph Sperry, Ph.D., Named Senior Vice President of Consultation Services for May Institute


Randolph, Mass. – May Institute, a leading provider of educational, behavioral, and rehabilitative services for individuals with special needs, has announced the appointment of Ralph Sperry, Ph.D., as Senior Vice President of Consultation Services. May Institute provides consultation services to public schools, educational collaboratives, private agencies, and families.

A licensed clinical psychologist and family therapist, Dr. Sperry is responsible for the operation and management of the Institute’s home-based and school consultation services for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, school adjustment and behavior disorders, neurological and psychiatric disorders, and other disabilities. He also oversees May Institute operations that relate to the organization’s expanded autism services for military families across the United States.

Dr. Sperry comes to May Institute with over 25 years of experience in behavioral health management. He served as Chief Executive Officer for psychiatric hospitals and behavioral health systems in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Mexico, and has an appointment to the medical staff of the Newport Rhode Island Naval Station. Dr. Sperry received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Saybrook Institute in San Francisco, Calif.

“Dr. Sperry is well qualified to lead the Institute’s professional consultation team in providing outstanding services to the more than 200 school systems and thousands of individuals we currently serve,” said May Institute President and CEO Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABPP. “His leadership experience and clinical expertise will be invaluable as we continue to expand our programming in an effort to meet the needs of underserved regions throughout the country.”

In addition to providing comprehensive consultation services, May Institute also operates four schools for children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disabilities in Randolph, West Springfield, and Woburn, Mass., and in Santa Cruz, Calif., and a specialized school for children and adolescents with brain injury in Brockton, Mass. For more information about May Institute schools and services, call 800-778-7601, or visit

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