Alexander J. Tymchuk, Ph.D., was born in British Columbian Canada. He received a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts focusing on the neuropsychology of cortical trauma from the University of Victoria. Dr. Tymchuk then earned a Master of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a Doctor of Philosophy from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, both in developmental neuropsychology.
Dr. Tymchuk worked at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), for over 20 years. This experience provided an opportunity to work collaboratively in pediatrics, psychiatry, neurosurgery, and psychology at a major medical center.
At UCLA, Dr. Tymchuk assisted in starting a new program in childhood disorders encompassing inpatient and outpatient care, clinical training, supervision, and academics. Dr. Tymchuk achieved tenure and full professorship, and became internationally known for his work with parents with cognitive limitations. He has uncovered and battled prejudices and discrimination while successfully building a new knowledge and service base.
TASP and others who followed him are grateful for the solid foundation he provided and his early leadership and research that contributed to growth in the field. He truly deserves the title” Grandfather of the Supported Parenting Movement”.