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Leading Autism Treatment Expert and Researcher to Head Clinical Operations for Trumpet Behavioral Health

LAKEWOOD, Colo., Dec. 15, 2011 – Trumpet Behavioral Health, a behavioral treatment company based near Denver, today announced that Dr. Linda A. LeBlanc, BCBA-D® is joining its staff full time.  She will serve as the company’s Executive Director of Research and Clinical Services.

Dr. LeBlanc will be leaving her academic position at Auburn University in August 2012.  She currently serves as the director of the university’s graduate program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and is a professor of psychology.  Since August 2011, Dr. LeBlanc has been serving as Consulting Clinical Director for Trumpet Behavioral Health.  In her new role, she will oversee the company’s research programs and clinical staff in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.  She also will be responsible for creating and leading a clinical advisory board and expanding the scientific review board for the company’s technology division.

A licensed clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst, Dr. LeBlanc is one of the foremost behavior analysts in the U.S. and a leading authority in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.  She is an author and highly sought-after speaker at international scientific conferences on autism research.  As the company’s lead clinician, she brings over 20 years of experience to Trumpet Behavioral Health.

“We are delighted to have Dr. LeBlanc as part of our executive leadership team,” said Chris Miller, Managing Director of Trumpet Behavioral Health.  “We have several exciting clinical and technology-based initiatives that she will immediately and positively impact.  Linda’s addition to our executive team will enable us to substantially enhance our services to individuals and families with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental delays.”

Miller also said she will play an import role in further building the company’s clinical team, “Dr. LeBlanc will help recruit the ‘best and brightest’ clinicians which will help us meet the growing demand for our outcomes-based treatment services.  Having her leadership will further elevate our clinical services and attract top clinicians from across the country.”

“One area I’m particularly excited to be able to work on is contributing to Trumpet Behavioral Health’s technology-based intervention and training initiatives,” said Dr. LeBlanc.  “Technology offers many promising treatment and education possibilities – both for individuals with ASDs and developmental delays, and also for teachers, school administrators, parents, and caregivers.  This is an amazing opportunity to be able to help shape both the clinical services and technology operations of one of the most respected behavior treatment companies in the U.S.”

Molly Pomeroy, BCBA®, who leads the group’s Kansas and Missouri autism treatment services, said she’s excited that she will be working more directly with Dr. LeBlanc.  “Autism and other developmental delays are complex conditions.  Being able to collaborate with Dr. LeBlanc and participate in case conferences with other clinicians across the company will help ensure our clients receive the best, evidence-based treatments.”

On the research side, Paige Raetz, Ph.D., BCBA-D®, is the Director of Clinical Operations for the company’s Phoenix autism treatment center.  Dr. Raetz trained under Dr. LeBlanc and together they have co-published several scientific articles in the area of behavior analysis.  “I am particularly excited to be developing and implementing research under her direction.  Clinical research developed at TBH will help to advance the field of ABA as well as establish the most effective and efficient practices within the organization.   This is going to lead to better treatments for the individuals and families we serve.”

Trumpet Behavioral Health provides treatments based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  Considered the therapy of choice, ABA is endorsed as a treatment for autism by the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the U.S. Surgeon General.  Trumpet Behavioral Health offers evaluations, early intervention, in-home programming, speech/language therapy, peer support, advocacy, social skills, vocational skills, community integration, parent training, and professional education services.

Dr. LeBlanc received her Ph.D. in child clinical psychology in 1996 from Louisiana State University.  Previously she served on the psychology faculties at Claremont McKenna College (1997-1999) and Western Michigan University (1999-2008).  Her current research and clinical interests include the behavioral treatment of autism and developmental disabilities across the lifespan, behavioral gerontology, verbal behavior, and incorporation of technology into behavioral interventions.

Dr. LeBlanc has published over 75 articles and book chapters.  She serves on the board of directors for the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and the Alabama Autism Provider Network.  She also is President-elect of the Alabama Association of Behavior Analysts.

Dr. LeBlanc serves on several advisory boards and task forces, including: The Learning Tree Inc., Alabama Autism Interagency Coordinating Council, Michigan Autism Spectrum Disorders State Plan Advisory Board, and Scott Center for Autism Advisory Board.  She is currently an associate editor of Education and Treatment of Children and Behavior Analysis in Practice.  She is a former associate editor of Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.  She also serves as an editorial board member for The Behavior Analyst, European Journal of Behavior Analysis, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Research in Developmental Disabilities.

About Trumpet Behavioral Health
Trumpet Behavioral Health offers evidenced-based behavioral health services to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families using a compassionate, client-centered approach.  Our network of nearly 1,000 passionate and highly skilled staff and board certified consultants all focus on maximizing the potential of the individuals, families, and professionals we serve.  Our therapies are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  Through clinical research, we strive to establish the most effective and efficient treatments as standard practice in our organization.  Trumpet provides behavioral consulting, education and training for parents, educators, and healthcare professionals.  Additionally, our staff provides clinical services in homes, schools, communities, and in intensive treatment centers.  Many of our consultants are Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® (BCaBA®) providers.

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