Doreen Granpeesheh

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Doreen Granpeesheh
دورین گران‌پیشه
Born Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iran
Fields Clinical psychologist
Board certified behavior analyst
Institutions University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Alma mater UCLA
Thesis The effects of teaching common preschool games to autistic children on increasing peer interaction (1990)
Known for Applied behavior analysis
Lovaas technique
Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!)
Influences Ivar Lovaas
Notable awards American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists Winokur Award (2011)
Autism Society of America, Wendy F. Miller Professional of the Year Award (2007)
Parenting Arizona, Raising the Bar Award (2007)

Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D (born 1963) is an American clinical psychologist and producer of the independent award-winning documentary Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back, which depicts four children's progress as they fully recover from autism.[1][dubious ] She obtained her psychology degree from the California Board of Psychology. Moreover, Granpeesheh is the founder and president of ACT Today! (Autism Care and Treatment Today!), which provides financial support to families who are unable to pay for validated treatment.[2]

Granpeesheh works worldwide with families of children on the autism spectrum, many of whom have "fully recovered" and are currently neurotypical children.[2][dubious ] In 1990, she founded and is chief executive officer of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), a clinic that implements early, intensive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy.[2] In 2010, she completed a study which found that 6 out of 14 severely autistic children who obtained treatment by CARD "had fully recovered".[3]

Granpeesheh co-created Skills—an online assessment and ABA treatment guide for children with autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders—with CARD's research and development manager Adel Najdowski; Jonathan Tarbox, the director of research; and Dennis Dixon, director of analytics.[4][5][6]

Early childhood and education[edit]

Granpeesheh was born in Tehran, Iran and went to school in England and Switzerland. Because of the Islamic Revolution, her parents chose for her to live in the United States where she completed grade school. At fifteen years of age, she received her high school diploma in Southern California.[7]

At age sixteen, she attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she met her college professor Ivar Lovaas, who developed a widely used teaching method for autistic children. In addition, Granpeesheh guided Lovaas in his 1987 study which documented 9 of 19 autistic children who obtained early, intensive ABA therapy had acquired typical academic skills and were placed in general education classrooms.[7][8] In 1999, the study was later acknowledged by the United States Surgen General as the most validated treatment for children with ASD.


  1. ^ "Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back - The Story". Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Our Founder". Center for Autism & Related Disorders. 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ Mary Beth Faller (November 12, 2010). "Autism therapy group says it cured 6 kids". The Arizona Republic. 
  4. ^ "Meet Skills Founders & Leaders in ABA and Autism Therapy". Center for Autism and Related Disorders. 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "About: Corporate Leadership". Center for Autism and Related Disorders. 2008–2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Skills Index". Center for Autism and Related Disorders. 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh - About". Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh. 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ Lovaas O.Ivar. Behavioral Treatment and Normal Educational and Intellectual Functioning in Young Autistic Children. ScienceDirect. 1987;55(1):3-9.

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