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John McEachin, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Director

John is a licensed psychologist who has been providing behavioural intervention to children with autism as well as adolescents and adults with a wide range of developmental disabilities for more than 40 years. He received his graduate training under Dr. Ivar Lovaas at UCLA on the Young Autism Project. During his 11 years at UCLA, Dr. McEachin served in various roles including Clinic Supervisor, Research and Teaching Assistant, Visiting Professor and Acting Director. His research has included the long-term follow-up study of young autistic children who received intensive behavioural treatment, which was published in 1993.

Since receiving his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1987, his work has included serving as Clinical Director of Developmental Disabilities Services, a division of Straight Talk in Signal Hill, California. Dr. McEachin has lectured throughout the world and consulted to numerous families and agencies, assisting in the development of treatment programs and providing training to parents, group home staff, and classroom personnel. In 1994 he joined with Ron Leaf in forming Autism Partnership, which they co-direct. John also co-authored A Work In Progress: Behaviour Management Strategies and a Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism, It’s Time for School: Building Quality Educational Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Sense and Nonsense in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism: It Has to Be Said.


 

Ronald Leaf, Ph.D.

Co-founder and Director

Ron is a licensed psychologist with over 35 years of experience in the field of autism. Dr. Leaf began his career working with Dr. Ivar Lovaas while receiving his undergraduate degree at UCLA. Subsequently he received his doctorate under the direction of Dr. Lovaas. During his professional training at UCLA, he served as Clinic Supervisor, Research Psychologist, Lecturer, and Interim Director of the Young Autism Project. He was extensively involved in many of the Young Autism Project research investigations, contributed to The Me Book, and is co author of The Me Book Videotapes, a series of instructional tapes offering training for teaching autistic children. He also co-authored A Work In Progress: Behaviour Management Strategies and a Curriculum for Intensive Behavioral Treatment of Autism, It’s Time for School: Building Quality Educational Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sense and Nonsense in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism: It Has to Be Said.

Dr. Leaf consults nationally and internationally to families, school districts, day programs and residential treatment facilities. He has served as the Director of Straight Talk's Developmental Disabilities Services division for 15 years. This program provided residential and day treatment for adults with developmental disabilities. Dr. Leaf is also the Executive Director of Behaviour Therapy and Learning Center, a mental health agency providing treatment, consultation and related services to parents, program staff and school personnel.


Toby Mountjoy (MSc, BCBA)

Founder and Chairperson

Mr. Toby Mountjoy is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, with over 20 years of experience working with individuals with ASD. He has been extensively trained by Dr. Leaf, Dr. Taubman and Dr. McEachin. Currently he is also the board members of Autism Partnership Hong Kong Limited, overseeing the operation in Hong Kong and Singapore with over 100 staff, including psychologists, consultants and therapists, as well as providing consultations to school districts, agencies, and families worldwide. Mr. Mountjoy has also contributed chapters to publications such as "Sense & Nonsense" and "It’s Time for School". In 2007, he founded the charitable Autism Partnership Foundation and Autism Partnership School to offer more services for children with Autism.