SARRC Names Joseph Gentry Director of School Consultation Services


Contact:    Denise D. Resnik


The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) has named Joseph Gentry, Ph.D., director of school consultation services. 

In his new role, Dr. Gentry provides a school-based research agenda, training and consultation to support students with developmental disabilities in inclusive education programs or transitioning students from special education to general education placements. These services will build the capacity for schools and districts to independently support the social, academic and behavioral needs of children with autism in inclusive programs. He reports to Clinical Services Director Daniel Openden, Ph.D., BCBA.

“Dr. Gentry brings the compassion, knowledge and expertise in educational consulting necessary to provide support to the teachers, administrators, psychologists, therapists and paraprofessionals who directly impact the educational experiences of children with autism,” Openden said.

Dr. Gentry has acquired a long history of developmental disability experience and research. He completed his pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as a behavioral and educational consultant at the May Institute in Boston. He handled the development and implementation of research-validated applied behavior analysis (ABA) programs for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in the public school system, including training and supervision for school-based therapists, teachers and parents. Dr. Gentry has been working with children diagnosed with developmental disabilities and their families for nearly a decade and has presented his research nationally on topics related to ABA and ASDs.

Dr. Gentry is a member of the Association of Behavior Analysis International, American Psychological Association and Autism Society of America. He received a doctoral degree in school psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Illinois State University and is a licensed psychologist in Arizona.

Founded in 1997, the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to autism research, education and resources for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and their families. SARRC undertakes self-directed and collaborative research projects, serves as a satellite site for national and international projects, and provides up-to-date information, training and assistance to families and professionals about ASDs. For more information about SARRC, call (602) 340-8717 or visit