Research has shown the techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to be highly effective in promoting the development of new skills and the reduction of inappropriate behaviors in very young children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Beacon ABA Services was established to provide critical services for these children.
Intensive Home-Based Services
Intensive home-based services utilize a team approach in a child’s home. The teams, consisting of Behavioral Therapists, specialists from early intervention programs or public schools, and family members…
Behavioral Assessment, Consultation and Training
Consultation begins with a detailed Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) to recommend positive behavioral treatment strategies. Consultation services are available to all children with challenging behaviors regardless of diagnosis.
Partnership Programs and Inclusion Supports
Partnership programs offer schools the opportunity to provide services to their students in partnership with an established Behavior Analytic agency. This model provides supervisory staff, trained in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis…
Beacon Assessment Center
The Beacon Assessment Center offers high-quality assessments for the early identification of children with potential developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The center provides diagnostic evaluations…
Center-Based ABA Treatment
Two Regional Center-Based ABA Programs are Now Open in Central Mass! Center-based ABA services offer the same high-quality one to one ABA treatment in a more…
Robert F. Littleton, Jr. Ed.D.
Founder and CEO
Paulo Guilhardi, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA
Executive Vice President of Operations
Dr. Guilhardi is the Senior Vice President of Operations at Beacon ABA Services of Massachusetts. He received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Experimental Psychology from Brown University. Dr. Guilhardi is responsible for the day-to-day business operations and expansion of the Beacon practice. Dr. Guilhardi works to ensure families have access to the highest quality and intensive Applied Behavior Analysis services. Dr. Guilhardi oversees the business operations of Beacon satellite offices representing multiple regions across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Dr. Guilhardi has extensive clinical experience working with children affected by the Autism Spectrum and their families in homes, schools, and residential environments
Robert K. Ross, Ed.D, BCBA-D, LABA
Chief Clinical Officer
Dr. Ross is the Chief Clinical Officer at Beacon ABA Services of Massachusetts and Connecticut. He received his Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University and his Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Ross oversees all research activity at Beacon. He also provides direct and consultation services to families, schools and educational programs throughout the U.S. and Canada. He is a founding member and current Past President of the Massachusetts Association for Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Ross is also the President of the Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) of ABAI, and has served three terms on the ABAI Practice Board.
Dan Almeida, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA-MA
Executive Vice President of Clinical Services and Graduate Study
Daniel Almeida is the Executive Vice President of Clinical Services and Graduate Study. He is also the Program Director for the Ph.D. in ABA program at Cambridge College. Previously, he was the District Supervisor of ABA Services for a major public school district in Greater Boston and held a variety of director level positions at private, ABA-based schools is Massachusetts. He received his Ph.D. in ABA from Simmons College. Dan has provided ABA services to students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disabilities for over 30 years. He has published original research on staff training and interventions for students with autism in peer-reviewed journals and has presented research at national and regional conferences. He has also conducted professional development workshops in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). He served as adjunct faculty since 2002, teaching classes in certificate and graduate degree programs in ABA. Dan is passionate about training and supporting staff to provide culturally responsive, evidence-based ABA treatment to families.
Susan Rapoza-Houle, M.S.Ed., BCBA, LABA
Associate Vice President of Employee Development
Susan Rapoza-Houle is the Associate Vice President of Employee Development at Beacon ABA Services. She received Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State College, a Master of Science in Special Education from Simmons College, and a post master’s certificate in Behavior Analysis from Pennsylvania State University. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2006 and is a Licensed Behavior Analyst in Massachusetts. Sue has more than 25 years of experience in the field of behavior analysis, working with learners with intensive special needs between the ages of 18 months to 25 years of age. Sue served on the Massachusetts Autism Commission’s Workforce Development Sub-Committee, has presented her research work at local and national conferences, and has worked at Beacon for more than 18 years. As the Associate Vice President of Employee Development, she is responsible for designing and implementing professional development trainings.
Charles Newfield, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LABA, LBA, Licensed Psychologist
Chief Operating Officer
Kelley Henry, Psy.D., BCBA-D, LABA
Executive Vice President of Assessment Services
Dione Christy, Ph.D. (Consult)
Senior Vice President Office of Cultural Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
Professional training is essential to ensure successful outcomes for children and families.
We recently held a staff retreat to stay up-to-date on augmentative and alternative communication.
Ashley Douglas helped raised money for Autism Speaks by participating in the Disney Princess Half Marathon!
Message from the President
What is love except for another name for the use of positive reinforcement? Or vice versa.
B.F. Skinner, Walden Two
Beacon ABA Services Corporate Office
321 Fortune Boulevard
Milford, MA 01757
80 Erdman Way, Suite 300
Leominster, MA 01453
North Andover Office
790 Turnpike Street, Suite 105
North Andover, MA 01845
North Dartmouth Office
92 Faunce Corner Road, Suite 120
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
55 Accord Park Drive
Suite 5 (Located on 1st Floor)
Rockland, MA 02370
West Springfield Office
59 Interstate Drive
West Springfield, MA 01089