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Doreen Granpeesheh Biography

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Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh Biography

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh (www.doreengranpeesheh.com) has dedicated over thirty years to helping individuals with autism lead healthy, productive lives. She is licensed as a psychologist in California, Texas, Virginia, and Arizona and holds a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral and is licensed as a behavior analyst in Arizona and Virginia.

Dr. Granpeesheh began her studies in autism as an undergraduate at UCLA and earned a Master’s degree in psychology from UCLA in 1987, followed by a Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA in 1990. While completing herdegrees, Dr. Granpeesheh worked with Dr. Ivar Lovaas on the groundbreaking outcome study published in 1987 which showed a recovery rate of close to 50% among the study’s research participants. Dr. Granpeesheh built on Dr. Lovaas’s work, developing the CARD Model, which is a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to treating autism. In August, 2009, CARD researchers published “Retrospective Analysis of Clinical Records in 38 Cases of Recovery from Autism” in the Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, showing that recovery from autism is possible with early, intensive intervention using ABA. This study echoed the results of Dr. Lovaas’s earlier study and garnered Dr. Granpeesheh the prestigious George Winokur Research Award.

In 1990, Dr. Granpeesheh founded the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, also known as CARD (www.centerforautism.com). Under Dr. Granpeesheh’s leadership, CARD has become one of the world’s largest providers of ABA-based treatment for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Today, CARD has nearly 30 locations throughout the United States and internationally, employs nearly 1,500 highly-skilled employees, and is a leading employer of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs).

CARD’s highly-regarded behavior management and skill acquisition programs are the culmination of decades ofresearch in the field of autism treatment. As part of the nation’s third largest non-governmental organization contributing to autism research, CARD scientists have published groundbreaking studies that have contributed significantly to the field of autism treatment research. In 2011, Dr. Granpeesheh founded Autism Research Group (www.AutismResearchGroup.org), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify and conduct treatment research that will improve the quality of life for individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

Dr. Granpeesheh’s unwavering commitment to provide evidence-based treatment is reflected in CARD’s comprehensive treatment curriculum which producessuccessful outcomes for every child CARD treats. To increase access to evidence-based treatment, CARD launched Skills™ (www.SkillsforAutism.com),an innovative web-based toolkit that optimizes treatment programs for individuals with autism spectrum disorder by providing comprehensive assessment and curriculum, positive support planning for challenging behavior, progress tracking, and treatment evaluation. Skills™ enables healthcare professionals, teachers, parents, and/or caregivers to design and manage a comprehensive, individualized treatment program for childrenand adolescents with autism spectrum disorder.

Dr. Granpeesheh has developed extensive state-of-the-art training programs for CARD’s clinical employees, parents and caregivers, and school personnel which are conducted both in person and via the Internet. As demand for CARD training programs increased, Dr. Granpeesheh established the Institute for Behavioral Training (www.iBehavioralTraining.com) to develop web-based training programs and make them more broadlyavailable, targeting the specific training needs of school districts, parents and caregivers, physicians, and autism treatment providers.

Dr. Granpeesheh has participated in numerous government taskforces and currently co-chairs the Early Intervention sub-committee of the North Los Angeles County Taskforce of the Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders. She is a member of several scientific and advisory boards and an active member of the Autism Human Rights and Discrimination Initiative Steering Committee. Dr. Granpeesheh was also a member of the Practice Board of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the Oversight Committee of the Department of Developmental Disabilities for the State of Arizona. In addition, Dr. Granpeesheh is the founding member and president of Autism Care and Treatment Today (ACT Today!), a nonprofit organization that helps families access effective treatment (www.act-today.org).