Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Invited Paper Session #199A
CE Offered: BACB
An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Treatment of Autism
Sunday, May 24, 2020
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Area: AUT; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Michael J. Dougher (University of New Mexico)
CE Instructor: Doreen Granpeesheh, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: DOREEN GRANPEESHEH (Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD))
Abstract: Important behavior analytic contributions to the clinical treatment of autism spectrum disorder have not been fully embraced by the medical community. Although behavior analysis has unquestionably contributed substantially to autism treatment, behavior analysts could be more effective if their training incorporated knowledge and expertise from other scientifically sound, compatible disciplines. Behavior is not independent of the behaving organism. Behavioral treatment efficacy may be significantly improved if the psychological, nutritional and medical needs of the patient are given consideration and attention. To this end, the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Doreen Granpeesheh Fund for the Interdisciplinary Approach to the Treatment of Autism to support educational pursuits in related fields.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
DOREEN GRANPEESHEH (Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD))
Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) and the Founder and President of the Board of Autism Care and Treatment Today (ACT Today). Dr. Granpeesheh received her Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA under the mentorship of Professor Ivar Lovaas. She is licensed by the Medical Board of California and the Colorado, Texas, Arizona, Virginia, Michigan and Oregon State Boards of Psychologists. Dr. Granpeesheh holds a Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, doctoral level, and has been providing behavioral therapy for individuals with autism since 1979. She has been a member of numerous scientific and advisory boards including the US Autism and Asperger's Association, the Autism File journal, Autism 360/medigenesis, the 4-A Healing Foundation, and the Defeat Autism Now coalition. In addition, Dr. Granpeesheh has served on the National Board of Directors of the Autism Society of America, the practice board of ABAI, as well as the Autism Human Rights and Discrimination Initiative Steering Committee, the Early Intervention Taskforce of the Senate Select Committee on Autism and Related Disorders, and the Oversight Committee of the Department of Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Granpeesheh has co-authored the book Evidence-Based Treatment for Children with Autism and numerous peer reviewed publications on issues concerning the diagnosis and treatment of Autism. She was awarded the George Winoker Clinical Research Award from the American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists for her publication titled: Retrospective analysis of clinical records in 38 cases of recovery from autism. Together with her colleagues at CARD, Dr. Granpeesheh created Skills® for Autism, a web-based software tool that creates comprehensive treatment plans for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder, and founded the Institute for Behavioral Training, an online platform for training professionals and families on the principles of ABA.



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