PCDI Professionals

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Patrick R. Progar, Ph.D., BCBA-D is Executive Director of Princeton Child Development Institute. Previous to this, he was the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell College (now Caldwell University). Patrick received his BA degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and his MS and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Patrick has served as a faculty member at several colleges and universities and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental disabilities and applied behavior analysis at Children’s Seashore House of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Research interests involve choice behavior, behavioral economics, self-management and a general interest in translation research.


Dr. Gregory S. MacDuff, Ph.D., BCBA-D – Executive Director of Adult and Community Living Programs at the Princeton Child Development Institute. He is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Behavioral Sciences at the University of Kansas and the Departments of Psychology at The College of New Jersey and Rider University. He is a Past President of the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Association for Behavior Analysis and has served in an array of positions within the organization for more than 10 years. He has authored articles and book chapters on incidental teaching, photographic activity schedules, staff training strategies, prompt- and prompt-fading procedures, behavioral intervention for adults with autism and intervention models in residential settings. He has lectured nationally and internationally, and has provided consultation and training to a variety of public and private programs.

Amanda Freeman

Amanda S. Freeman, M.A., BCBA, Ph.D. – Director of Educational Programming earned her Ph.D. in Applied Behavior Analysis at Caldwell University in 2017. She has over 10 years of experience in providing behavioral intervention to individuals with autism in home, community, and school settings, and has facilitated successful student transitions to general education settings. During the past 5 years her primary focus has been staff and parent training. She has completed research on the effects of script fading on social interactions during discrete trial instruction and the use of behavior chain interruption to teach adjective use. She has presented at conferences hosted by Autism New Jersey, the NJ Association for Behavior Analysis, the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, and the Princeton Child Development Institute. Her research interests include the acquisition of language and social skills, and staff and parent training.

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Christine M. Fry, M.Ed., Principal received her master’s degree in educational leadership from the College of New Jersey. She has over 20 years of experience in providing intervention to students with autism, providing training to families in the home and in the community, facilitating transitions to less restrictive environments, and training and supervising professional staff.

Executive Director Emeriti


Lynn E. McClannahan, Ph.D., Executive Director Emerita, 1973, University of Kansas Ph.D. in developmental and child psychology. Current scientific interests include analysis and intervention in autism, design and evaluation of therapeutic environments, and development and assessment of accountability systems. Lynn can be contacted via e-mail at info@pcdi.org.


Patricia J. Krantz, Ph.D., Executive Director Emerita, 1974, University of Kansas Ph.D. in developmental and child psychology. Major research interests include autism intervention, development and evaluation of language intervention strategies, and design of early intervention programs. Pat can be contacted via e-mail at info@pcdi.org.


Edward C., Fenske, M.A.T., Ed.S., Executive Director Emeritus. Ed’s extensive experience in delivering intervention to children with autism, support services to their families, and training and supervision to professional staff spans 30 years. His published works address home programming, language development, and early intervention. Ed can be contacted via e-mail at info@pcdi.org.

PCDI Board

Board of Trustees

Thomas O. Ix, President
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP

Kim Brandley, Secretary
CohnReznick LLP

Richard V. Simkus, Treasurer
Prism Advisory Group LLC

John M. Cotton, M.D.

Lisa M. Courey
Co-Founder, Specialized Dentistry of New Jersey

Philip Edwards
Curcio Webb

Michael Farewell
Farewell Architects LLC

Maureen Heckler
Erickson Living Communities

Heather McCusker, Esq.
Stevens & Lee

Janice A. Mills
Investors Bank

Jacqueline O. Phares
Director, Corporate Relations First Manhattan Company

Robert Titus
Community Member

William S. Walsh, Jr.
McGuggan LLC

Advisory Board

Updates to come.

Trustees Emeriti

John H. Ewing*
Former New Jersey State Senator

Dennis M. Moore, Sr., Trustee Emeritus
Executive, Retired, Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

Tod S. Peyton, Trustee Emeritus
Peyton Associates, Retired


Pamela P. Machold

Peggy W. Pulleyn
Lifetime Trustee, 1970-1996