Dr. Dumas comes to the role of CEO and President of Crossroads as part of a 20+ year professional journey and career; a professional career that has embodied service to individuals and families with a wide range of behavioral health needs including individuals with ASD through academic experience, consultation, practice, executive management and public service. Most recently, Dr. Dumas was in state government as a public servant working at the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in the Policy, Planning and Children’s Services Unit. There he was involved in a wide range of professional activities within the Autism Division including the Children’s Autism Waiver Program, the Autism Commission, in state-wide eligibility initiatives for the ASD population, and a member of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) special education advisory task force.
Prior to his public service, Dr. Dumas spent 15 years as President and CEO of two state-wide community-based behavioral health organizations in RI. Both organizations were responsible for providing evidence-based intervention and treatment services primarily for children, youth, and families with a wide range of behavioral health problems, including those with ASD. Services also included the development and management of specialty day school programs for students within public school systems who had extensive behavioral, psychiatric, and support needs. As a leader of a community-based organization, Dr. Dumas was honored by then President George W. Bush with a Presidential Leadership award. He was also on faculty at Emory University School of Medicine and the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Additionally, Dr. Dumas was the recipient of two NIMH postdoctoral fellowships at both UMass Medical School and The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University where one of his two areas of research and clinical training was at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.