Our Mission

Founded in 1998, Somerset Hills Learning Institute is a private non-profit program that offers a broad spectrum of services to children, adolescents, and adults with autism.  The Institute is a dissemination site of the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) and exists to provide science-based treatment and education to people with autism.  Somerset Hills Learning Institute will prepare professionals as future autism intervention resources in New Jersey, and through its research, pioneer comprehensive intervention models that may be used nationally and internationally for the benefit of people with autism.

“Because of Somerset Hills Learning Institute, we were able to have our first real birthday party for our daughter.  There were 22 kids in attendance and she fully participated – laughing, running hand-in-hand, and just having fun with her FRIENDS!”


Through the Institute's relationship with Caldwell College, it is now providing distance-learning opportunities to Caldwell students and its staff enabling them to remain full-time interventionists at the Institute while becoming credentialed professionals.  The Distance Learning Project will further the dissemination of effective autism intervention services to an exponentially increased number of people with autism throughout New Jersey.  Learn more...

Our Impact

Each day in New Jersey, 33 children are diagnosed with autism.  These diagnoses translate into a conservative price tag of 165 million tax payer dollars to care for those children over their lifespans.


Over the first 10 years of Somerset Hills Learning Institute’s operation, taxpayers paid $9.7 million of the $13 million it cost to deliver our services. By graduating students back to their public schools we have saved New Jersey taxpayers more than 5 times their investment – over $50 million. 


The return on taxpayer investment will increase exponentially with Somerset Hills Learning Institute's student graduations into adulthood at age 21.  By instilling in our students a full range of life skills (i.e., employment, independent-living, and leisure skills) the Institute positions its graduated adults to be productive, tax-paying citizens.

Leadership Profile

Founding Executive Director
Somerset Hills Learning Institute

For more than 25 years, Dr. Brothers has delivered science-based, behavior-analytic educational services in both public and private schools to toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults with autism. Dr. Brothers earned a doctorate in Developmental and Child Psychology from the University of Kansas and has served as the school's Executive Director since its inception in 1999. Previous positions include those held at the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI), Bancroft, the New Jersey Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community (COSAC), Lawrence Kansas Public School District, and as educational consultant to school districts and families.

Dr. Brothers' articles have been published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. He co-authored the chapter, The Baer Necessities: Observation, Measurement, and Analysis, published in "A Small Matter of Proof: The Legacy of Donald M. Baer" in 2003.