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]

In 1990, Granpeesheh 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. Before the Islamic Revolution, her father was an advisor to the minster of finance in Tehran. When it became unsafe and the revolution began, her parents chose for her to live in Los Angeles, California in the United States where she completed high school at the age of 15.[7]

When she was sixteen, Dr. Granpeesheh 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 called Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), an application of Applied behavior analysis (ABA). In addition, Granpeesheh was Lovaas' clinical supervisor and took an active part 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 regular classrooms.[7][8] A follow-up study in 1993 tracked these children as adolescents with 8 displaying "‍ '​social and adaptive skills within the normal range‍ '​" and they appeared indistinguishable from typically developing children.[9] In 1999, the study was later praised by the United States Surgeon General who remarked that decades of research have proved early, intensive ABA interventions to be highly effective for treating youngsters 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 "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. doi:10.1037/0022-006x.55.1.3.
  9. ^ McEachin, J. J., Smith, Tristram, and Lovaas, O. Ivar. Long-term outcome for children with autism who received early intensive behavioral treatment. American Journal on Mental Retardation. 1993;97(4):359-372.

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