Chris Manente, Ph.D., BCBA
Christopher J. Manente, Ph.D., BCBA is the Founding Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services (RCAAS) and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Dr. Manente is an accomplished practitioner, educator, and advocate who has dedicated his career to helping adults on the autism spectrum succeed throughout the lifespan within their homes and communities across the contexts of school, work, relationships, leisure, and transportation.
Dr. Manente’s previous roles include, Assistant Professor of Education at Caldwell University, consultant supporting students with ASD in schools throughout NJ, Senior Program Coordinator of Adult Services at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center (DDDC) at Rutgers University, and Sergeant on active duty within the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Infantry Division. Dr. Manente has authored articles in peer-reviewed journals, written book chapters, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences on a variety of topics related to the advancement of community-based educational, vocational, and residential opportunities for autistic adults.
The RCAAS, under Dr. Manente’s leadership, will provide Rise at Warren community with continuous consultative oversight related to clinical program quality, including the recruitment, training, and supervision of highly qualified direct support staff. Additionally, RCAAS faculty will provide supervision for Rutgers University students receiving real-world training at Rise towards the goal of creating a workforce of highly skilled clinicians interested in working in residential settings.