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He is certified as a Nonpublic Agency with the California Department of Education, having worked with students as an Independent Educational Evaluator and has trained staff in numerous school districts in California on assessment procedures, data collection, and positive behavior interventions. Dr. Gale is a Regional Center vendor and accepts referrals for his social skills program LUNCH Groups®) for students and adults (see blogs). Dr. Gale is frequently called upon to perform assessments as part of mediations and disputes and has provided expert testimony across a broad range of special education topics.
Dr. Gale and his company, BehaviorTech Solutions, Inc., are approved as a Sponsoring organization through the American Psychological Association and the California Board of Behavioral Science to offer CE credits to psychologists, social workers, and MFTs. Currently the Chair for the California Psychological Association Division VI (Media, Technology, and Communication), Dr. Gale is also the Technology Advisor and a Research Team Member for PENT (Positive Environment, Network of Trainers (http://www.pent.ca.gov), coordinated through the California Diagnostic Centers, Dr. Gale has been one of a select group of facilitators in California for the past several years, assisting in providing state-wide intensive training to school district professionals on functional assessment and behavioral intervention strategies.
Formerly Chief Psychologist at at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for Inpatient Psychiatry and has been on the clinical and teaching staff at CSMC from 1987- 2013. He conducted seminars on Behavior Therapy and Developmental Disabilities for the residents, interns, and fellows in training at the medical center for 14 years. He has previously served as Web Editor for the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy (Now the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies) and was on the editorial board for the journal Cyberpsychology and Behavior for several years.
His empirically-based social skills program, LUNCH Groups® has been in existence since 2002. Nearly than 1,000 families have participated in this engaging program, serving children, teens, and adults in age-matched groups. The program is targeted at helping child with social shyness and associated anxiety, ADHD and executive function challenges, autistic spectrum behaviors, and oppositional or impulsive behaviors. Specific research-based techniques are included in the program and parents receive ongoing support in addition to group meetings for their children. More information about the program may be viewed at lunchgroups.com and our published outcome data may be view by clicking here.
Dr. Gale has presented widely and is published on the use of technological enhancements to the assessment and therapy process; he often includes such interventions, as appropriate, in individual and group treatment. His company, BehaviorTech Solutions, Inc., located in Encino, California, specializes in developing computer and internet-based assessment and intervention applications.
Dr. Gale completed his undergraduate training in psychology at UCLA and received his Master's and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University. He completed his internship plus advanced training at two Harvard Medical School training facilities: Judge Baker Guidance Center and at Boston Children's Hospital, with specialized training at the Developmental Evaluation Clinic.