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Our Founder

Our Founder

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Mary Joann Lang,
Ph.D., RN, PNP, NAN (Fellow), BCBA-D
Founder & CEO

Mary J. Lang, PhD, RN, PNP, NAN (Fellow, Adults & Children), BCBA-D,is the Founder and CEO of Beacon Day School for Children with Autism and Related Disabilities. Dr. Lang graduated from the University of Southern California with her PhD in Educational Psychology. As a Fellow of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, Dr. Lang has been a practicing licensed psychologist in the field of neuropsychology since 1991. Dr. Lang is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the doctoral level. She was appointed Full Professor at Azusa Pacific University in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology.

Dr. Lang is an active member of numerous national associations, including the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the International Neuropsychological Society. She has conducted extensive research, including research on Parental Attitudes Toward Sexuality and Adolescents with ASD. Dr. Lang has lectured widely on autism and has served on multiple boards and committees such as the Interagency Autism Committee of Orange County. She has also presented on the topic of Sexual Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism at AutismOne, Autism Society, and Autism Conference of America, and the International Meeting For Autism Research.

"Teaching is more than imparting knowledge,
it is inspiring change."

 - William Arthur Ward

Meet Our Clinical Leadership Team

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