Meet The Research Team

Dr. John MainaJohn Maina, Ph.D. - Dr. John Maina is the Director of Program Research, Evaluation and Development, where he provides the overall leadership and coordination of Boston Higashi School research projects. Dr. Maina is also involved in the evaluation and development of BHS programs. Over the years, Dr. Maina has served in various other capacities including being a master teacher, division supervisor and the Residential Academic Director. Dr. Maina holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration & Planning from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Maina also has two Master of Education degrees (one in Special Education and another in Educational Administration from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA and Kenyatta University, Kenya, respectively). Prior to relocating to the United States, Dr. Maina worked as a teacher and head of humanities and counseling departments at Kanjuiri Mixed and Kijabe Girls' High Schools respectively between 1993 and 2005. He also served as the Assistant Principal of Rungiri Secondary School in Kenya. Dr. Maina was recently invited to speak at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on April 1, 2016 during the observance of World Autism Awareness Day. 

Dr. Ann RobertsAnn Roberts, Ph.D. – After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University, Ann received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. She completed internships involving intensive work with patient populations of young adults/adolescents and children. As a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Roberts provided individual and family therapy services through play for very young, non-verbal children with developmental delays through school programs for behaviorally deregulated children. As she began to see more individuals with autism, she was invited to evaluate several students at the Boston Higashi School and, after working as a consultant for several years, became a staff member in 1999. She became the Director of Clinical Services in 2000. Under this title, she directed research at BHS until 2015, when Dr. Maina received his Ph.D.  and began to direct research activities. 

Yumiko MoriYumiko Mori, M.S. - Yumiko started at the Boston Higashi School in September of 2001 as an intern for her graduate school Mental Health Counseling Program. After graduation, she began her career in this field with Higashi’s Education Office as an IEP coordinator. In September 2012, she obtained a new assignment and started working as part of the BHS Research Team. She has translated and published six books in autism/education fields from English into Japanese, and is now working on the seventh book. 

Rebecca GoldenRebecca Golden, M.A. – Rebecca started at the Boston Higashi School as a Clinical Psychology intern under the supervision of Dr. Roberts during her undergraduate studies at Saint Anselm College. After graduation in 2013, she joined BHS full-time as the Assistant Clinician and has since been an active member of the Research and Clinical Teams. She completed her Master of Arts in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology at Boston College in 2016. She currently serves as a Clinical Psychology Fellow in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program at Boston Children’s Hospital and volunteers with Partners for Youth with Disabilities at Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children.