Distinguished Alumna

Michelle Major ’97, PhD ’99, NCSP

Michelle Major ’97, MS ’99, SSP ’01, PhD ’05

Clinical Director, The Caribbean Center for Child Development

Dr. Michelle Major is a truly a product of Barry University, having received her Bachelors, Masters, Specialist and Doctorate degrees from Barry. Additionally, she served on the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Psychology, where she spent five years training school psychology graduate students in child and adolescent development, counseling, learning theory, academic and behavioral interventions, consultation, and assessment.

Dr. Major currently serves as Clinical Director of The Caribbean Center for Child Development, an evaluation and treatment center, and Executive Director of The Seahorse Institute, a not-for-profit day program center serving children with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs. Dr. Major founded each of these to provide individuals in the Bahamas and the Caribbean that struggle and their families, a chance to heal, grow and learn.

Dr. Major has been a licensed and certified school psychologist in both the private and public sectors since 1996 and has extensive experience in the administration of developmental and neuropsychological assessments and intervention. Countless children with special needs have exceeded the expectations of parents and teachers alike under her professional care and guidance.

Dr. Major is recognized as an international expert in the assessment and diagnosis and intervention for, children with autism and low-incidence disabilities. She has presented and trained professionals in the United States, Bangladesh, Jordan, and the United Emirates. Dr. Major was influential in working with Barry University to bring a Master’s Degree program in Exceptional Student Education to the Bahamas. Under her guidance, the Seahorse Institute serves as an international training site for special education teachers and therapists. Recently, Dr. Major completed Applied Behavior Analysis certification coursework from Florida Institute for Technology. In the Bahamas, she has been recognized in the media, in courts, and in schools throughout the country as a pioneer in psychological and educational services.