About The Groden Network


To support the individuals in our care by:

  • Providing the most effective services
  • Advancing knowledge and best practices
  • Involving and supporting families

In 1976, Drs. June and Gerald Groden opened the Groden Center in response to the absence of maximally effective services for youth with autism and other developmental challenges.

Over forty years later, the program has expanded its services to children, teens, and adults with a range of learning and behavioral disabilities throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts:

The Groden Center supports children and adolescents with a full range of support services, operating Early Intervention, Treatment Foster Care, Residential, and Community/Home Based services as well as a renowned Day School... [read more]

The Cove Center provides habilitative and residential programs for adults over 21 in Rhode Island with a focus on enhancing life skills. Building vocational skills is at the center of the program, with community partnerships like with have with the Providence Parks Department that enables our clients to get valuable experience operating The Groden Greenhouse in the Old North Burial Ground... [read more]

The Halcyon Center provides instructional, vocational, and residential services to adults over 22 in Massachusetts...[read more]

Dr. June Groden

Drs. June and Gerald Groden (Founders)

Dr. June Groden holds a Ph.D. and masters of arts degrees in psychology from Boston College, in addition to a masters of education from Rhode Island College, and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from New York University.

Dr. Groden served on the clinical faculty at the University of Rhode Island and was also a visiting lecturer at the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University. Dr. Groden has developed specialized programs in the areas of behavior therapy and parent skills training and maintains a private practice, consulting to school systems and other institutions. She serves on the Panel of Professional Advisors of the Autism Society of America.

As a researcher, Dr. Groden has developed techniques to promote relaxation in special needs children and adults and has implemented programs that utilize imagery procedures for persons with autism and retardation. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on stress, relaxation and picture rehearsal.

Dr. Gerald Groden

Dr. Gerald Groden

We are saddened to report that Dr. Gerald “Gerry” Groden passed in March, 2017. Dr. Groden received his BA and MA from the University of Vermont, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in Clinical Child Psychology. He taught psychology, human development and related courses at the University of Rhode Island, Brown University, Rhode Island College and Indiana University. He participated in developing the first multi-agency cooperative early intervention program in Rhode Island and was Director of Psychology at the Rhode Island Hospital Child Development Center.

Dr. Groden consulted and lectured across the U.S. and internationally and is published widely in books and scientific journals on his research in the field of autism and child behavior disorders. In 2002, Common Cause of Rhode Island honored him as an Executive Board Member of the Rhode Island Children’s Policy Coalition for effective volunteer citizen advocacy on behalf of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable children. In 2001 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Support of Persons with Autism, from the Rhode Island Chapter of Unlocking Autism. As part of Autism Awareness Month in 2018, Dr. Groden was named 1 of 15 leaders who fought for Autism Awareness to further the causes of autism research and awareness.