Dr. Gil Tippy Receives Prestigious Alumni Award From Long Island University


MetSchools, Inc. Professor Dr. Gil Tippy Receives Distinguished Alumni Award From Long Island University's Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

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NEW YORK, NY | May 3, 2012 | MetSchools, Inc. today announced that Dr. Gil Tippy, Clinical Director and Head of Research at the Rebecca School, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Long Island University, C. W. Post’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at a presentation on April 25th, 2012. Dr. Tippy also presented a lecture on “Development, Relationship, and Respect amidst the Behavioral World of Autism Treatment” following the ceremony.

Bestowed for only the third time, the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program’s Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes graduates whose accomplishments and demonstrated dedication to their professions and communities provide inspiration to the program’s current students. Dr. Tippy earns this honor based on his distinguished career in the field of education, and in clinical programs for children with autism spectrum disorders.

“I receive this great honor from Long Island University with deep gratitude,” said Dr. Tippy. “I feel privileged to work within the field of psychology on a topic as important as autism spectrum disorders, and it is very humbling to be recognized by my alma mater with this award.”

For the last five years, Dr. Tippy has been directly involved with creating and running the Rebecca School in Manhattan, the world’s largest school for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, using the Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-based (DIR) Model, his work involves generating research to empirically demonstrate DIR’s effectiveness in educating students with autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Tippy also recently co-authored a book titled Respecting Autism: Case Studies in DIR/Floortime Model in the School Setting: The Rebecca School Casebook for Parents and Professionals with the late Dr. Stanley I. Greenspan, who was the world’s foremost authority on clinical work with young children.

“We are proud and indeed very lucky to have Dr. Tippy on our team here at MetSchools,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Koffler. “His research has been invaluable in proving the effectiveness of the DIR model, which is the foundation of our special education instruction. I extend my whole-hearted congratulations to Gil.”

Dr. Tippy earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1979 and received his Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University before securing his Doctorate’s degree from Long Island University, C. W. Post.

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About MetSchools, Inc.

MetSchools is a network of private schools founded to serve children and their families. Our first school, Sunshine Developmental School, served 12 children in 1986 and has since grown to serve over 600 children annually. Our entire family of schools will grow to serve over 3,000 students in 2012. Our mission is to provide children the greatest breadth of academic and social diversity. We believe that the greatest array of educational experiences introduced to a child will yield the greatest set of interests in the future adult.

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