DIRECTORS
John McEachin, Ph.D.

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 20 years. He received his graduate training under Professor 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 has 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 It Has to Be Said: Sense and Nonsense in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism.

Ron Leaf, Ph.D.

Ron is a licensed psychologist who has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of autism. Dr. Leaf began his career working with 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 is also co-author of 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 It Has to Be Said: Sense and Nonsense in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism.

Dr. Leaf has consulted 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.

Mitchell Taubman, Ph.D.

Mitchell Taubman worked with Dr. Lovaas as an undergraduate at UCLA in the early 1970s. He treated children with autism, ADHD and other disorders. He then attended the University of Kansas, studying with such founders of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as Dr. Donald Baer, Dr. Todd Risely, Dr. James Sherman, and his doctoral advisor, Dr. Montrose Wolf. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Taubman returned to UCLA and served as adjunct assistant professor of psychology and as co-principal investigator with Dr. Lovaas on a federal grant directed at autism treatment. One of his special interests in Teaching Interactions which he brought from the Kansas model to autism treatment. After his post-doctoral work, Dr. Taubman obtained his license as a clinical psychologist and served as clinical director of Straight Talk, a program providing residential and day treatment services to adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. He currently serves as Associate Director of Autism Partnership, where he provides treatment oversight, training and consultation around the world. Dr. Taubman is the co-author of It’s Time for School! Building Quality ABA Educational Programs For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders and Sense And Nonsense In The Behavioral Treatment of Autism: It Has To Be Said.

Julide Saltuklaroglu Peace, B.A., M.S., BCBA

As the Site Director of the Calgary office, Julide has been supervising, directing and implementing Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) programs for children and adolescents diagnosed with ASD since 1993. Her comprehensive background includes working as a research assistant in the field, providing program supervision and consultation for families and schools throughout Western Canada, an extensive role as the on-site Behaviour Consultant for an ABA model classroom for adolescents with ASD in Maui, Hawaii, and presently as the Site Director for Autism Partnership, Calgary. Julide is also the President and Behaviour Consultant for Behaviour Therapy and Learning Centre, a Calgary-based PUF preschool education program for children with special needs. Julide received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology (Hons.), and her Masters of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis and is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst.