AUNE presented Dr. John Moran, EdD, BCBA-D, with the 2016 President’s Award in recognition of his dedication and commitment to improving the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Moran was honored at the 6th Annual Autism & Asperger’s Expo and Conference at AUNE on March 19, 2016.
Dr. Moran is an educational consultant with twenty-five years of experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders. John earned a master’s in special education from Johnson State and a doctorate in education from Nova Southeastern University. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral. He provides consultation services to families, school districts, and developmental disabilities agencies throughout New England. His work in southwestern New Hampshire has included Monadnock Developmental Services, Residential Resources, Inc., New Hope New Horizons, and more. He is the co-founder of Constellations Behavioral Services. Most recently, he has consulted on students and trained staff in schools in Keene, Swanzey, and Weare, NH, and Greenfield, and Littleton, MA.
“John is beloved as a teacher, colleague and ally to families and individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities,” says Shelley Viles, director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders Training. “He is known as a genuine person and overall nice guy! John’s teaching is always of the highest quality, regularly achieving perfect evaluations of his courses. He applies the principles of behavior analysis to his graduate students and family.”
John is a talented educator of college students. He previously taught as an adjunct faculty at Keene State College. Since 2006, John has served on the faculty of Antioch University New England in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate Program. His teaching in the ASD Program has introduced several hundred graduate students to autism and behavior analysis. He was active in the development of the master’s in applied behavior analysis (ABA) at Antioch University, assisting with curriculum and program development. He has taught every ABA student the introductory curriculum in behavior analysis as well as Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Past recipients of this award include The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism for its commitment to funding autism projects and for training service providers in the New England region; and speech pathologist Elsa Abele for her groundbreaking work with pragmatic language groups with individuals with autism spectrum disorders.