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Joe McCleery, PhD



Joseph McCleery, Ph.D., earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.  Dr. McCleery first began working with children with autism and other developmental difficulties in 1999, and has worked with these populations in research, clinical, and educational settings since that time.  Following the completion of his Ph.D., he received postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Diego, and at Children's Hospital of Boston, Harvard Medical School.  Next, he took up a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) position in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, England.  There, he taught courses on Autism and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and led a research program focused on brain and behavioral development in infants and children with autism and related developmental and genetic disorders. In 2013, Dr. McCleery left this tenured position at the University of Birmingham in order to place himself in position to have a more direct and more widespread impact upon clinical and educational practices for individuals on the autism spectrum.

Dr. McCleery has extensive experience with evidence-based autism intervention methods and practices that includes the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), Reciprocal Imitation Training (RIT), Discrete Trial Training (DTT), and the functional analysis of challenging behaviors, among others.  This includes direct intervention, parent training/education programs, educational consultation, supervision, and experimental research experiences in school, home, and laboratory settings.  Dr. McCleery is also trained and experienced in the administration of standardized clinical/behavioral assessments and clinical interviews, such as the Differential Ability Scales, British Ability Scales, and the Autism

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