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PCDI Mission Statement

The mission of the Princeton Child Development Institute is to provide effective, science-based intervention for children and adults with autism and, through research and dissemination, to extend treatment resources to people with autism, both nationally and internationally.

PCDI International


As one of the top autism research and intervention programs, PCDI attracts students and professionals throughout the world who seek expert training in its pioneering programs…

PCDI is deeply committed to sharing its research and intervention strategies with others. In addition to student internships and residencies, the Institute supports the development of new programs both here and abroad.


Angeliki Gena gained intervention experience at PCDI while completing her doctorate at Queens College of the City University of New York. In 1995, she returned to Athens to establish a behavioral treatment program for children with autism. The school started with two children and now serves more than 10 children.


PCDI has a special partnership with “Dobro” (“kindness”), a Moscow-based institute for children with autism. Dr. Klara Lebedinskaja (1925-1993), a leading Russian autism researcher, started Dobro in 1989 as the first community-based program in Russia. A model of effective intervention in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union, Dobro continues under the direction of Dr. Sergey Morozov. Two Dobro professionals have completed yearlong residencies at PCDI. Recently, Dobro began to provide training and technical assistance to agencies in other parts of Russia.


PCDI has a long-standing relationship with behavior analysts in Norway. The Institute’s former executive directors, Drs. Patricia J. Krantz and Lynn E. McClannahan, have lectured and consulted there since 1989. They gave keynote addresses at the annual conference of the Norwegian Association for Behavior Analysts in 1991 and in subsequent years, students from Akershus College in Oslo complete three-month internships at PCDI.


PCDI, Ania Budzinska, Ph.D., and Iwona Ruta-Sominka, M. A., have been working together since 2000.   In January, 2006, as a result of their joint efforts, the Institute for Child Development (IWRD) was launched in Gdansk.   The Institute is based upon and closely cooperates with the Princeton Child Development Institute.   IWRD is a nonprofit organization that offers science-based intervention to children with autism and comprehensive assistance to their families.   In addition to a research and development program, IWRD also offers diagnostic and consultation services, as well as training and supervision for professionals from many other cities in Poland.   Dr. Budzinska, who completed a year-long residency at PCDI, is the Director of IWRD.   Iwona Ruta-Sominka, Deputy Director, and key staff members completed internships at PCDI.   IWRD can be contacted at Instytut Wspomagania Rozwoju Dziecka, ul. Gomolki 11/13, 80-279 Gdansk, Poland.   Tel. +48-58/341-4441, tel/fax. +48-58/341-4440, or


In 1992, PCDI’s executive directors spent a month at Deakin University in Melbourne, where they helped design research projects on staff training and on mainstreaming children with autism and other developmental disabilities. In addition, Regina Ledo, a specialist in early intervention from Perth, did a pre-doctoral residency at the Institute.


In 2003, Mine Narin and Aylin Sezgin, Founders of TOHUM, visited PCDI and many other programs in the United States. Subsequently, they came to PCDI to discuss a collaborative effort to establish a science-based school program in Instanbul. Binyamin Birkan, Ph.D. was selected to complete a twelve-month residency at PCDI and to become the director of the new program; in September 2006 he returned to Turkey and opened an applied behavior analysis intervention program for children with autism.   TOHUM and PCDI use the same curriculum and achieve similar outcomes for students. Dr. Birkan frequently returns to PCDI to present program evaluation data and to attend professional meetings, and PCDI personnel visit TOHUM’s program. Contact Dr. Birkan at TOHUM OTIZM VAKFI, Cumhuriyet Mah. Abidei Hurriyet Cad. No: 39, 34380 Sisli-Istanbul, Turkey. Tel. 011-90-212-248-94-30, Fax. 011-90-212-248-94-36, or

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