About The Groden Network


The Groden Network’s mission is to support children and adults with autism, and other developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges to lead productive, dignified and satisfying lives by:

  • Providing the most effective educational, therapeutic, and other habilitative services;
  • Advancing knowledge and best practices through research, education and training;
  • Involving, educating, and supporting families in caring and advocating for their children.


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 is comprised of day schools and residential treatment centers in Rhode Island enhancing the lives of children and youth with autism, behavioral disorders, and developmental disabilities by providing a wide range of services, as well as providing functional and social development instruction to children and adolescents with learning disabilities.

The Cove Center provides instructional vocational and residential programs for adults over 21 in Rhode Island with developmental disabilities, autism, mental retardation, behavioral disorders, emotional disturbances, learning disabilities, and mental health disorders.

Behavioral Associates of Massachusetts, Inc. (Halcyon Center) provides instructional vocational and residential programs for adults over 22 in Massachusetts with developmental disabilities, autism, mental retardation, behavioral disorders, emotional disturbances, learning disabilities, and mental health disorders.

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.