Robert Lichfield (? - ) is generally recognized as the founder of WWASP.
In 1991, Robert Lichfield created Teen Help, Inc. (now Teen Help, LLC) to market the school. After associates of Lichfield began opening more schools around the country and abroad, the World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools was incorporated in 1998. Robert Lichfield is now a consultant and director for WWASP. Brent Facer is a trustee .
In 2007 he was a fund-raiser for Mitt Romney, who ran for President 
- Info: Program to Help Youths Has Troubles of Its Own, By Tim Weiner, New York Times, September 6, 2003 (Re-print from The Rick A. Ross Institute)
- Key to His Schools' Success? It's God, Founder Says, By John-Thor Dahlburg, Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2003 (Re-print from COALITION AGAINST INSTITUTIONALIZED CHILD ABUSE)
- LICHFIELD - MITT ROMNEY, blog by ISABELLE ZEHNDER
- CHILD ABUSE, TORTURE, MURDER, AND RAPE AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES - WHY YOUTH ARE STAYING AWAY FROM MITT ROMNEY, Blood Money, Part 2 (Creative Youth News Team, 2008)