FITCHBURG, SPRINGFIELD, TEWKSBURY AND WORCESTER, MA… Jeffrey R. Robinson, Ph.D., president and CEO of Behavioral Concepts (BCI), a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), has been honored as the 2019 Large Business Leader of the Year by the Worcester Business Journal.
On April 4, 2019 at the Worcester Business Journal’s Business Leaders and Hall of Fame Awards held at Cyprian Keys Golf Club in Boylston, Dr. Robinson was honored with the 2019 Large Business Leader of the Year award for his distinctive leadership and accomplishments over the past year and beyond. Dr. Robinson was joined at the event by BCI’s dedicated team of directors, BCBAs, Behavior Technicians and administrative staff.
With a passion for special education services and 39 years of experience in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dr. Robinson is dedicated to best-practice applied behavior analysis services.
Dr. Robinson founded BCI in Worcester in 2003 to provide families and schools with highly specialized consultative and direct services for children diagnosed with autism. BCI is a Massachusetts Department of Public Health approved provider of specialty ABA services for early intervention (infants and children up to three years of age). BCI also provides center, home-based, and afterschool services through private and public health insurance. The organization has grown from its initial six employees to over 500 employees and is among the largest insurance-based ABA service providers in Massachusetts. BCI’s main headquarters remain in Worcester, with satellite offices in Springfield, Fitchburg, and Tewksbury.
Over the past year, Dr. Robinson has successfully expanded BCI’s services to three new areas of the state, establishing Greater Springfield, Northeast and Southeast Programs. Based on BCI’s record of clinical excellence, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health had approached BCI to expand their Early Intervention contracts to under-served areas within the commonwealth.
Leading through the years
Dr. Robinson is renowned throughout Central Massachusetts as a visionary leader in the field. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and he has presented at conferences across the country. Dr. Robinson earned his Ph.D. in special education from Boston College.
For more than 25 years, Dr. Robinson has been consulting with school districts throughout Central and Southeastern Massachusetts, most notably holding a contract with Worcester Public Schools from 1999 until 2014. He was the senior ABA consultant helping Worcester Public Schools to formally develop an autism program.
Building a workforce of clinicians
In 2014, to address an industry-wide workforce shortage in board-certified clinicians, BCI partnered with Bay Path University to create an onsite graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis. BCI has had 25 graduates from this program partnership over the past two years.
Last year, BCI struck a partnership with Assumption College in Worcester to provide an on-campus graduate program for staff looking for a more traditional graduate program experience. BCI employs, on average, more than 30 Assumption College alumni each year. As an additional incentive, BCI pays 60 percent of the tuition cost for employees.
Dr. Robinson’s accomplishments and advancements in the special education sector reach beyond BCI. In 2014, Dr. Robinson co-founded the Center for Applied Behavioral Instruction (CABI) with Dr. Brian Doyle. CABI is a private, special education day school for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Behavioral Challenges. Students are referred to CABI from local school districts when they need more intensive educational and behavioral interventions. CABI serves students from more than 30 school districts and recently renovated their school space in anticipation of increased enrollment.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Jeff has been recognized as Business Leader of the Year,” said Dr. Doyle. “Jeff is passionate about working with children, which is one of the reasons why BCI is so successful. Jeff is a tremendous leader and mentor. It is a well-deserved honor.”
The number of children diagnosed with ASD continues to rise. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that autism affects one in 59 children. Dr. Robinson, who is set retire from BCI in August, leaves quite a legacy in ensuring that specialized consultative and direct services for children diagnosed with autism are provided to hundreds of families in Massachusetts through BCI.
Dr. Robinson was honored by the Worcester Business Journal along with four other Business Leaders of the Year and four Hall of Fame Inductees. For more information about the event, visit www.wbjournal.com.
Behavioral Concepts (BCI) provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to children with autism and their families in central Massachusetts. We identify and facilitate effective personalized instruction that allows children to discover more, learn more, and be more – increasing their independence and enhancing their quality of life at home, in school, and in the community. BCI is a Massachusetts Department of Public Health approved provider of specialty ABA services for early intervention. BCI also provides center, home-based, and afterschool services through private and public health insurance. The organization was founded in 2002 by Dr. Jeffrey R. Robinson. Further information on BCI is available at https://bciaba.com.
BCI is part of the LEARN Behavioral family of companies, a national organization dedicated to helping all children succeed in school and life. Learn more at http://learnitsystems.com