The recently retired Jeffrey R. Robinson, Ph.D., the founder, former president and CEO of Behavioral Concepts (BCI), a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout Massachusetts, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award as well as a Longevity Award. Dr. Robinson is a resident of Mansfield, MA.
BCI, now part of the LEARN Behavioral family of companies – a national organization dedicated to helping all children succeed in school and life – recognized Dr. Robinson with two awards at their annual meeting: A Lifetime Achievement Award and a Longevity Award.
With 39 years of experience in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder and a passion for special education services, Dr. Robinson is a visionary leader dedicated to best-practice Applied Behavior Analysis services.
BCI held a private retirement celebration in Dr. Robinson’s honor on August 29, 2019 at Maxwell Luciano’s Banquet at Union Station in Worcester, MA. More than 165 were in attendance.
A Lifetime of Achievement; A Legacy for the Community
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. 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. Additionally, they offer Northeast, and Southeast programs. 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), and also provides center, home-based, and afterschool services through private and public health insurance.
For more than 25 years, Dr. Robinson consulted 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.
In his dedication to meeting the fast-growing demand for assessment, behavioral, consultative and educational services for children with ASD and their families throughout Massachusetts, Dr. Robinson addressed an industry-wide workforce shortage in board-certified clinicians. In 2014, Dr. Robinson struck a partnership between BCI and 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.
Over the years, Dr. Robinson’s work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and he has presented at conferences across the country. He earned his Ph.D. in special education from Boston College.
Most recently, Dr. Robinson was honored as the 2019 Large Business Leader of the Year by the Worcester Business Journal.
Dr. Robinson 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.
Sally Burke, M.S. Ed., BCBA, Director of Early Intervention at BCI shared thoughts on Dr. Robinson’s contributions and retirement, “Jeff Robinson built the foundation of BCI. His leadership and vision made him a great boss, but his integrity, respect, and compassion make him a great person. The future of BCI is based off of this solid foundation and will continue to provide the best services as we strive for excellence in all aspects of what BCI stands for. Dr. Jeff will be missed by all, but his legacy will continue to grow more than ever imagined. Thank you, Jeff for building this for us and believing in your dreams. We won’t let you down.”
Learn more about BCI by visiting their website, https://bciaba.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.