behavioral psychologist or a clinician oversees each student’s treatment
program. The term clinician refers to a person with a masters or
doctoral degree in psychology or allied field. The clinician
is part of a treatment team that also includes a case manager, the teacher,
the special education supervisor and the residential coordinators.
Additional input is obtained from medical consultants, psychiatrists,
nursing staff, speech therapists, etc. as required. The design of each
student's program, as well as each substantive change in that program, must
be reviewed and approved by a doctoral-level psychologist or clinician.
following individuals are serving as clinicians at JRC:
Gary Dube, Ph.D.
Dr. Dube earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova
Southeastern University in 1983 and completed a pre-doctoral
internship at McLean Hospital. One of the members of his
dissertation committee was Dr. Leo Reyna, a former consultant to Dr.
Israel. Dr. Dube has spent a substantial portion of his career
working as a forensic psychologist as well as a clinical/behavioral
psychologist and he is a ‘Designated Forensic Psychologist’
Supervisor in Massachusetts. In addition to his consulting work for
the Judge Rotenberg Center, he works for a non-profit human service
provider as the Program Director for Juvenile Court Clinic services
in Plymouth, Bristol and Barnstable Counties. Dr. Dube has been a
consultant for JRC since 1987.
Robert von Heyn, Ph.D., BCBA
Director of Clinical Services
Dr. von Heyn is Director of Clinical Services at JRC. He received
his Ph.D. in Psychology from Adelphi University and B.A. in
Psychology from Susquehanna University. Prior to JRC he was the
Assistant Director of a youth facility in Great Neck, New York and
taught Psychology courses at Adelphi University. Dr. von Heyn moved
from New York to work at JRC (formerly the Behavior Research
Institute in Providence, Rhode Island) in 1989 and has been here for
the last 17 years and has witnessed the vast improvement of hundreds
of students that have been at JRC.
James Riley, Ph.D.
Director of Treatment
Dr. Riley received his A.B. from Bowdoin College and his Ph.D. from
Boston College. He is a Licensed Psychologist/Health Service
Provider. He is also a Professor of Psychology at the University of
Massachusetts-Dartmouth and Clinical Director of Comprehensive
Mental Health Systems, Inc. Dr. Riley has served as a JRC
psychologist since 1992.
Nicholas Lowther, M.A.
Assistant Clinical Director
for Masters Clinicians
Nicholas Lowther received his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology
with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Minnesota
State University. He is originally from the United Kingdom and
completed some of his earlier training in the UK. Nicholas has been
working with individuals with behavior disorders and developmental
disabilities since 1999. He completed internships at the Murdoch
Center in North Carolina working with individuals with developmental
disabilities as well as a neuropsychology practicum at the Riverview
Clinic in Minnesota. Nicholas has served as a JRC clinician since
Nathan Blenkush, BCBA
Director of Research
Dr. Blenkush received his Ph.D. in Conditioning and Learning from
the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and B.A. in Psychology from
the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Prior to JRC, Dr. Blenkush
treated individuals with behavior problems in residential and
community based programs in Wisconsin and Tennessee. He is a Board
Certified Behavior Analyst with years of experience serving children
and adults who emit problem behaviors. Dr. Blenkush has served as a
JRC clinician since January, 2006.
Gregory Todisco, M. Ed., LMHC
Gregory received his Masters Degree and
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Counseling
Psychology from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He
obtained his Bachelors Degree in Developmental Psychology at Suffolk
University in Boston, MA. Gregory is also Massachusetts licensed
mental health counselor and trained drug and alcohol therapist. His
prior experience includes working with children and adolescents in
youth mediation groups and served as a community recreational
counselor for three years. For two years, he also worked in adult
and geriatric health services in Lowell, MA and aided in the
development of their behavioral health program working as a
behavioral analyst. Gregory served as a JRC case manager for nearly
2 years prior to becoming a clinician in April, 2007.
Arthur Apinian, M.A.
received his Master’s degree in Psychology from Cambridge College in
Cambridge MA in 2005, and prior to that he received his Bachelor’s
degree in Psychology from University of Massachusetts in Boston MA.
He has worked with the special needs population, and federally
convicted inmates for nearly 8 years in prison and community
settings. Arthur has been working at the Judge Rotenberg Center
since 2005 as a case manager and as a clinician since January, 2009.
Jason Coderre, M.S. Ed.
Jason Coderre received his Master’s
degree in Special Education from Simmons College in Boston, MA in
2008, and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sacred
Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He is currently waiting to take
his certification exam in November for his BCBA. His prior
experience includes working at the New England Center for Children
for three years and being a Head Teacher at the Darnell School for
Educational and Behavioral Services. He has worked with children and
adolescents for 5 years in school and residential settings. Jason
has served as a JRC clinician since October, 2009.
Joseph Tacosik, M.A.
Joseph earned his Master’s degree in
Counseling Psychology from Framingham State College in Framingham,
MA in 2009 and received a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in 2003
from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. He is originally from Ohio
and has been living in Massachusetts since 2005. His work
experience includes being a behavioral specialist at North Point/New
Horizon Youth Center for one year, a teacher at the New England
Center for Children for four years, and working as a mental health
clinician for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections at
MCI-Cedar Junction for two years. Joseph has served as a JRC
clinician since August, 2010.
Christopher Miller, M.S.
Christopher Miller received his Master’s degree and Certificate of
Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Mental Health Counseling and a
Master’s degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University in
Boston, MA. He received his BA in Sociology from the Pennsylvania
State University. He has worked with child, adolescent, adult, and
geriatric populations in a variety of domains, including: the
assessment and treatment of problematic sexual behavior,
psychometric testing, impulse control disorders, developmental
delays, and severe mental illness. Christopher has served as a JRC
clinician since June, 2011.
Robert Worsham, Ph.D., BCBA
Dr. Worsham received his Ph.D. in psychobiology
and operant learning from Rutgers
in New Brunswick, NJ.
He was on the full-time faculty of Ramapo College of NJ for five
years where he taught behavioral psychology courses. He began his
career in behavior modification and applied behavior analysis with
the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services at the
in Putnam, CT.
Following this he worked as a behavior analyst at the
and several other residential schools in Connecticut
and Massachusetts. He
has provided both in-home and school consultation services for young
children with autism using the fluency approach, and was the
behavior analyst for the EASTCONN autism program. He taught applied
behavior analysis as an adjunct faculty member for 15 years at
College’s Masters in Education
program. Dr. Worsham also specializes in precision teaching and
standard celeration charting, a framework for curriculum design and
progress tracking for any type of educational or psycho-educational
Carrie McClelland, M.S., BCBA
Carrie McClelland earned her Master’s
degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Simmons College in 2009 and
is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Originally from
Michigan, she received her B.A. in Special Education with a
specialization in Emotional Impairments from Michigan State
University. Carrie taught special education for four years and spent
five years as a BCBA in a residential program for students with
behavioral and mental health issues. Carrie has served as a JRC
clinician since February, 2012.
Dr. Eun Yeop Lee, Ph.D.
Dr. Lee received her Doctorate in
School Psychology from the University of South Florida and her
Bachelors degree from Binghamton University. She completed a
post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Neurodevelopmental
Services at McLean Hospital, where she specialized in the evaluation
and treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with Asperger’s
Syndrome and comorbid psychiatric disorders. Dr. Lee is also
currently working as a psychologist in the Neurodevelopmental Center
at North Shore Children’s Hospital and conducts neuropsychological
evaluations for children and adolescents. Furthermore, she is a
consultant psychologist to the E.K. Shriver Center completing
evaluations for ongoing research projects. Dr Lee’s prior experience
includes administering neuropsychological assessments to
children/adolescent populations in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida
and Massachusetts. She specializes in assessment and treatment of
early childhood populations and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Lee
has served as a JRC clinician since March, 2012.
Dr. Crystal Cookman, Psy.D.
Dr. Cookman received her Doctorate
Degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology with a Concentration in
Forensic Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional
Psychology in Boston, MA and she received her undergraduate degree
in Psychology at the University of Maine at Orono. She completed
pre-doctoral internships at the Massachusetts Treatment Center in
Bridgewater, MA and the District, Probate and Adolescent Court
Clinics in Cambridge, MA. She then worked for 4 years as an
assessment specialist and clinician at Easter Seals NH. Dr. Cookman
has worked with forensic populations for 11 years and has expertise
in the assessment and treatment of adolescents and adults with
severe mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities
who have engaged in various types of illegal and problematic
behavior. Dr. Cookman grew up in Vermont and Maine and has lived in
New Hampshire for the past 11 years. Dr. Cookman has served as a JRC
clinician since July 2012.
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