June Groden holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Boston College, a Masters of Education from Rhode Island College, and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from New York University. Since 1976, Dr. Groden has been the executive director of the Groden Center in Providence, Rhode Island. For the past thirty years she has been actively involved in numerous programs for people with autism, developmental disabilities, retardation and other behavioral problems. Dr. Groden serves on the clinical faculty at the University of Rhode Island and is also a visiting research associate at the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University. 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 utilizing imagery procedures for persons with autism and retardation. She has written Relaxation: A Comprehensive Manual for Adults, Children, and Children with Special Needs with Joseph Cautela and Coping with Stress Through Picture Rehearsal: A How-to Manual for Working with Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities. She has also produced three videos on the use of relaxation procedures entitled Breaking the Barriers: Relaxation Techniques for People with Special Needs; Breaking the Barriers II: Imagery Procedures for People with Special Needs and Breaking the Barriers III: Intensive Early Intervention and Beyond: A School-based Inclusion Program.