Mathew "Shawn" Stokes is a Jacksonville native and his mother's family goes back to the original Spanish settlers back in 1565 (before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock) and the Minorcan immigrants to St. Augustine in the 1700's. He graduated from Florida State for undergrad and got his Master's in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University in Atlanta. He began his career in ABA working at the Emory Autism Center in the 1990's at one of the birthplaces of NET and Inclusion. He has worked in almost every type of setting with ages ranging from 2.5 to 85 years old. He has done parent training, community level Mental Health, was part of a crisis team working with ASD clients with severe problem behaviors, taught Severe ASD middle and high schoolers in Georgia, started the Prevocational/Transition Age classroom for a local autism school and for the last 6 years has worked with Adults in Intensive Behavior group homes, Adult Day Training centers and in the community as a freelance BCBA and Clinical Director for a group home provider. He is huge into the power of communication to reduce problem behaviors and The Matching Law (he may show you his tattoo).
He and his wife Carmen have been together since the week after they met at registration as freshman in college. They have 2 adult sons, one in the Marine Corps (Cooper) and the other (Solomon) is a pre-medical student at University of Florida. He loves to play mediocre golf, travel, and cook.