While a student at Northeastern University (Class of 1974) Paul accepted a co-op position at the Fernald State School in Waltham, MA. While at Fernald he worked at as Assistant Residential Unit Director and Director or Sheltered Workshops. He achieved a Masters Degree in Community Psychology from Boston University (1977). Post-BU, Paul attended and graduated from the Fielding Graduate University (1990) with a Ed.D in Human and Organizational Development. He has supported individuals with mental health and intellectual disabilities who have high-risk behaviors, with some having being involved in the criminal justice system.