Kathryn Dove, director of the Meredith College Autism Program (MAP), was one of 21 health professionals honored with The Triangle Business Journal’s 2016 Health Care Hero Award during a ceremony on March 17.
Dove was nominated for the award by a parent of one of the children who participates in MAP, and was selected from more than 100 nominees.
Health Care Heroes were featured in a special section in the paper’s March 18 issue. When asked what she would change about health care if she could, Dove said she would change perceptions.
“I wish most of the world had a different perception of exceptional individuals than they do,” Dove said in Health Care Heroes profile. “The majority of people with special needs have the potential to be an integral and contributing part of our society. It just takes time, patience, and understanding.”
Other winners include doctors, nurses, volunteers, and administrators.
Dove graduated from Meredith College in 1995 with a B.A. in psychology, and earned an M.A. in clinical psychology from West Chester University. After graduation, she spent nine months in an internship in Los Angeles at the Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention training under Dr. Ivar Lovaas. She returned to Meredith College in 1998 and started in the Meredith College Autism Program as clinical director. Dove was later promoted to program director. She obtained a national certification of Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) in 2014.
The Meredith Autism Program is an early intervention program serving children who are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Learn more about MAP