In Loving Memory of Dr. Ivar Lovaas

He Will Be Missed!

Ivar Lovaas, PhD passed away on August 2, 2010 after a long battle with illness. He was surrounded by his closest family.

Dr. Lovaas was a world-renowned autism expert. He devoted his career to improving the lives of children with autism and their families and instilled this passion in so many others, including Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh who he taught and collaborated with at UCLA in the 1980s. His approach to Applied Behavior Analysis-based treatments is backed by published studies that show half of children with autism who receive intensive treatment become indistinguishable from other children on tests of cognitive and social skills by the time they completed first grade. His remarkable achievements will live on and continue to help innumerable people lead their fullest lives.

Dr. Lovaas was the first scientist to study behavior analysis as a treatment for autism. His seminal work, published in 1987, provided evidence that the behavior of children with ASD can be changed through ABA, and that almost half of the children would achieve normal intellectual functioning.

There will be an official memorial service at the University of California, Los Angeles later this month.

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