Doreen Granpeesheh

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Doreen Granpeesheh
Alma materUCLA
Known forApplied behavior analysis
Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
AwardsAmerican 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)
Scientific career
FieldsClinical psychologist
Board certified behavior analyst
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
ThesisThe effects of teaching common preschool games to autistic children on increasing peer interaction (1990)
InfluencesIvar Lovaas

Doreen Granpeesheh (Persian: درّین گران‌پیشه‎, born in 1963) is an Iranian-American clinical psychologist

In 1990, Granpeesheh founded the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), a nationally recognized autism treatment provider that treats individuals affected by autism spectrum disorder using the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis (ABA).[1] In 2010, she completed a study that found that 6 out of 14 autistic children who obtained treatment from CARD "had fully recovered."[2]

Granpeesheh co-created Skills—an online assessment and ABA treatment guide for children with autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders.[3][4][5]

Early childhood and education[edit]

Granpeesheh was born in Tehran, Iran, and went to school in England and Switzerland. Her father served as an advisor to the minister of finance in Tehran. When it became too dangerous to continue living in Iran as the Islamic Revolution began to arise, her parents sent her to Los Angeles, California, in the United States where she completed high school at the age of 15.[6]

When she was 16 years old in 1979, Granpeesheh attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she met Ivar Lovaas, a UCLA professor who was pioneering an early intervention to teach children with autism called discrete trial training (DTT), an intensive and structured modality derived from the science of applied behavior analysis (ABA).

Granpeesheh became Lovaas's senior supervisor at his clinic and was among Lovaas' graduate students who worked directly with the families in his groundbreaking 1987 study. The study documented how 9 of 19 children with autism who obtained early, intensive ABA therapy acquired typical academic and language skills and were placed in regular classrooms.[6][7] A follow-up study in 1993 tracked these children as adolescents with 8 of the 9 best outcome children displaying "adaptive and social skills within the normal range" and were indistinguishable from other typically developing children their own age.[8] In 1999, the United States Surgeon General praised the study and remarked that three decades of research has shown early, intensive ABA interventions to be highly effective for treating youngsters with ASD.

In 2014, Granpeesheh published Evidence-Based Treatment for Children with Autism: The CARD Model[9] with co-editors Jonathan Tarbox, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Adel Najdowski, Ph.D.,BCBA-D, and Julie Kornack.


  1. ^ "Our Founder". Center for Autism & Related Disorders. 2011. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  2. ^ Mary Beth Faller (November 12, 2010). "Autism therapy group says it cured 6 kids". The Arizona Republic.
  3. ^ "Meet Skills Founders & Leaders in ABA and Autism Therapy". Center for Autism and Related Disorders. 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  4. ^ "About: Corporate Leadership". Center for Autism and Related Disorders. 2008–2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Skills Index". Center for Autism and Related Disorders. 2012. Retrieved September 8, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh - About". Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh. 2010. Archived from the original on January 12, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2011.
  7. ^ Lovaas, O. Ivar. Behavioral Treatment and Normal Educational and Intellectual Functioning in Young Autistic Children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 1987;55(1):3–9. doi:10.1037/0022-006x.55.1.3. PMID 3571656.
  8. ^ 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. PMID 8427693.
  9. ^ [Granpeesheh, D., Tarbox, J., Najdowski, A., & Kornack, J. (2014). Evidence-Based Autism Treatment for Children with Autism: The CARD Model. New York, NY: Elsevier.], additional text.

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