Rich Mancil, Ph.D., BCBA-D, a doctoral level, board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D), has joined Autism Learning Partners as Executive Director of its New Mexico region.

Mancil earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2007, where he gained clinical experience working with individuals with issues including self-injurious behavior, rumination, and sleep disorders as well as complex communication issues. He has over 16 years of experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders, cognitive disabilities, developmental disabilities and psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Mancil describes the first time he taught a child with autism to speak as “the most amazing experience of my life,” and as the moment he decided to spend his life helping people with autism. In 2005 Dr. Mancil’s own son was diagnosed with autism, magnifying his drive to improve the lives of families affected by it even more. “I know the frustrations, the sleepless nights, the stares, the tears and fears,” he explains.

“We’re very excited to have Rich join our team,” said Gina T. Chang, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Autism Learning Partners’ Chief of Clinical Operations. “His clinical background, personal and professional experience and dedication are a true asset to our company, and will be a great resource for families touched by autism in the New Mexico area.”

Dr. Mancil has family native to New Mexico, and prior to moving here he created the Master’s program in ABA at Louisiana Tech University and the first BACB-approved course sequence in northern Louisiana. He also created and directed the Autism and Behavior Analysis Research Institute located at Louisiana Tech University, where he set the research agenda and oversaw direct services to children and adults, as well as provided Organizational Behavior Management to various Louisiana schools, agencies and businesses. Prior to this he was the executive director of the Kentucky Autism Training Center and an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Louisville as well as a private practitioner. While living in Kentucky he also designed and set up model classrooms across the state for preschool, elementary, middle school and high school students on the autism spectrum.

Dr. Mancil has multiple published articles and book chapters on a variety of issues in the areas of autism, ABA and communication. He serves on the editorial board of several journals including Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, Preventing School Failure, and the Journal of Early Intervention.

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