Meet our Staff


Throughout the admissions process, our focus is always on you and your child. Our two main objectives are to share information about our school services with families and professionals, and to work to determine if a student will be an appropriate fit for our school.

We realize that each student has a different learning style and unique skill set, and our priority is to help meet the individual needs of each student accepted into our program.

Our school is fully certified by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Christine Downs, M.Ed., is currently the PBIS Coordinator for May Institute. She has provided PBIS training and technical assistance to school districts, alternative programs, and adult services in Massachusetts and New York State (NYS) throughout the past 12 years. Christine was honored in 2009 for her work in PBIS by the NYS Board of Regents.

Marcie W. Handler, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a psychologist, board certified behavior analyst, and Senior Clinical Director of Consultation Services at May Institute. Over the past 15 years, she has provided training and technical assistance to parents and school districts in the areas of system-wide, classroom, and individual PBIS practices for students with academic, social, or emotional difficulties.

Robert F. Putnam, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is Executive Vice President of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Consultation at May Institute. Dr. Putnam is national implementation partner with the National Technical Assistance Center for PBIS. He also serves as Senior Vice President of Research and Consultation at the National Autism Center. He has published extensively, and presents regularly at national, regional, and local conferences on these topics. He previously served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School. He has also been a national facilitator of schools implementing SW-PBIS, particularly in the areas of alternative programs and the integration of SW-PBIS and mental health.