ABA Postdoctoral Fellowship
Training Director: Einar T. Ingvarsson, PhD, BCBA-D
Director of Training and Research
Fellowship term: One year beginning on or shortly after August 2, 2024
Postdoctoral fellowships in Applied Behavior Analysis at the VIA Centers for Neurodevelopment provide advanced training in the science and practice of behavior analysis. The overall goal is to prepare trainees to function independently in their profession. The topic areas of the fellowship training include: advanced training in research, assessment, treatment, case management, supervision, systems development, and ethical and professional behavior.
If needed, trainees will be able to accrue hours towards the supervised fieldwork experience required to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam.
The fellowship provides specialized training in one or more of the following areas: Skill acquisition programs, applied verbal behavior, functional assessment and skill-based treatment of problem behavior, vocational skills and rehabilitation, therapeutic consultation, staff training and performance management, and creating systems to promote and maintain clinical standards of care. Trainees complete their fellowship in one or more of the Charlottesville programs, but will also travel regularly (up to once per week) to other VIA locations in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Lexington.
James C. Hormel School (Charlottesville)
The James C. Hormel School is a year-round day school, located in Charlottesville, licensed to serve students between the ages of 2 and 22 who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We partner with local school districts across central Virginia to serve students whose needs for learning, communication, behavior, or social interaction are too intensive for a public school setting.
JCH School provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art education, and clinical programs designed to address those needs. Our services are based on the principles of applied behavior analysis, and employ specialists in the fields of behavior analysis, special education, speech-language therapy, and occupational and physical therapy.
Behavioral Health Services (Charlottesville)
The Behavioral Health program provides intensive early interventions and parent training to address a continuum of needs exhibited by children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). VIA offers intensive behavioral services in our outpatient clinic or in school-based settings.
Pediatric ABA Services provide children under 6 years old with 15-30 hours of one-to-one therapy each week. While behavioral interventions have been proven to work with all ages, research tells us that early intervention increases the likelihood that a child will make dramatic gains in social and communication skills. The intervention model combines discrete trial training, naturalistic teaching, direct instruction, and parent training, which is customized for the family and the child’s skill level.
School Coaching and Consultation Services: The purpose of this service model is to provide short-term intervention, coaching, and training to classroom teachers and support staff in order to keep students in their least restrictive environment, and prevent outplacement whenever possible. This model combines 1:1 intensive behavioral intervention with high quality evidence-based training and coaching for classroom staff. The main goal of the team is to provide short-term, cost-effective intervention in order to promote long term success in the classroom.
Psychological Services: This program provides comprehensive evaluations and recommendations for the behavioral, educational, and intellectual needs of children ages 2 through 17. Assessments and diagnostic evaluations may be conducted individually or as a part of a complete battery depending upon the needs of the child and the reason for referral. Appropriate assessment referrals include concerns related to autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and related behavior and mood disorders.
Speech-Language Therapy. Outpatient Speech Therapy at the VIA Centers for Neurodevelopment offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of a wide-range of communication disorders. Therapy focuses on increasing clients’ communication and independence while incorporating their strengths and interests. We utilize innovative, evidence-based treatment methods. 1:1 services take place at the outpatient clinic with family training and consultation as appropriate. Families are an integral part of the therapy team and are included in all aspects of the treatment process.
Center for Adult and Adolescent Services (CAAAS; Charlottesville)
VIA’s CAAAS building houses VIA’s upper school (administratively, a part of JHCS), adult services, and therapeutic behavior consultation, as well as our vocational training and internship placement programs.
Adult Services. VIA’s Adult Services day program provides learning opportunities for adults and post-high adult students in a low-ratio, success-oriented environment which promotes choice and self-paced involvement. Adult Services programming is structured around a menu of services -- each individual chooses from a schedule of learning opportunities within the center or in the community. Opportunities include Group Day Support, Community Engagement, and Community Coaching.
Therapeutic Behavior Consultation: The behavioral challenges that can accompany autism do not stop when an individual grows beyond school age. Adult Behavioral Consultation helps parents learn to help their loved one with autism cope with stress or disappointment, or better manage sleep, diet, or social interaction. Behavior Consultation typically targets specific behaviors for a limited term of weeks to a few months.
Community Partners Internship Program (CPIP): Part of VIA's initiative to develop and expand services that support a transition to a more independent and connected adulthood for people with autism in our community, the Community Partners Internship Program (CPIP) places students in local businesses where they can learn first-hand all the social, behavioral, cognitive skills that enable successful employment.
VIAble Ventures (VV) is a social impact program that develops small, sustainable businesses specifically tailored to create gainful jobs for adults with autism. VIAble Ventures is currently in the process of launching its first such business – a candle-making enterprise that produces hand-made soy-wax candles for the local craft market and for internet sales.
VIA’s programs in Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Lexington were formerly under the banner of Saint Vincent’s Home (SVH) and Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center (BRAAC). These programs became a part of VIA as a result of a merger on January 1st, 2023.
Pediatric ABA Services: Provides comprehensive intervention based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, with an emphasis on communication, social skills, independent life and play skills, and community activities. The programs serve students ages 2-22 and are overseen by licensed Board Certified Behavior Analysts. The programs also offer consultation for families and professionals, consultation to school systems and other agencies, and on-site supervision and program training for public schools.
STARS: The STARS program is unique to the Roanoke location and serves students with a variety of learning needs including but not limited to specific learning disabilities in reading, math and writing, ADHD, high functioning autism, and mild intellectual disability. The program offers a structured, multi-sensory approach to learning in classrooms built on positive behavioral supports. Highly trained staff use researched-based curricula to implement intensive and individualized academic instruction to make every student’s learning experience unique and increase student success.
STARS Adolescent Program: Each student has individualized programs, with an emphasis on independence in preparation for adulthood. Students in the adolescent program spend part of their day working on academic skills, concentrating on the core subject areas; reading, writing and arithmetic. The program also focuses on activities of daily living, communication skills, emotional regulation and social skills to increase the capacity for independent functioning. Vocational skills and “soft” skill are a special focus, with an emphasis on community-based programs and resume building. Relationships are built with local businesses, other non-profit organizations, and communities to create vital opportunities to learn and practice skills in the natural environment.
Preschool Program: The preschool program is a full inclusion program that utilizes peer models to model appropriate social interaction and language development for students with autism and other developmental disabilities. Utilizing a multi-sensory, hands-on approach to learning, highly qualified staff utilize the full school day, to teach a variety of pre-academic and kindergarten readiness skills individualized to each student's needs. Students receive both one-on-one and group instruction across a variety of learning environments to learn new skills through play and exploration.
Trainees will be expected to dedicate 50% of their time to research in one or more of VIA’s programs, as determined by the Director of Training and Research (DTR). Priority is given to research that seeks to expand and strengthen the evidence-base for clinical and educational practices that are consistent with VIA’s vision and mission. Research projects must be approved and supervised by the DTR, as well as the relevant Program Director within VIA. Further, all research projects must be formally approved by the University of Virginia’s Institutional Review Board. VIA places emphasis on research in the following areas: (1) Skill acquisition programs (including social skills), (2) curriculum systems, (3) staff training and performance management, (4) applied verbal behavior, (5) practical functional assessment and skill-based treatment of challenging behavior, (6) health and safety, (7) vocational and job skills, and (8) use of technology for behavioral intervention (e.g., apps, virtual reality).
Supervision and Training Activities
Each postdoctoral fellow will work with the Director of Training and Research (DTR) to develop an individualized training plan. The training plan will be based on the trainee’s goals and common research interests as determined by the trainee and the DTR. Because the trainee is expected to spend 50% of their time on clinical tasks, the training plan will also be aligned with VIA’s current clinical needs. Training activities may include conducting assessments with clients, implementing direct clinical services, training, supervision and mentoring of staff, parent training, creating and implementing intervention procedures, managing data collection systems, and working with training and clinical leadership to create and implement systems to improve performance and standards of care across the organization. Trainees are expected to complete a minimum of 2000 hours of fellowship training. Trainees will receive at least 2 hours of supervision per week, on average. Postdoctoral fellows will have funding to attend at least one national and one local conference per year.
For further information, contact Einar Ingvarsson (email@example.com), using the subject “VIA Postdoc Inquiry”
• Official transcripts from your graduate program(s)
• if your transcripts do not reflect that your degree has been awarded, you can submit a verification letter stating that you have completed all requirements for your PhD (to be completed by your dissertation chair or the director of your training program)
This is a full-time position. The primary location of the fellowship is in Charlottesville, but regular travel to other VIA locations in Virginia will be required (up to once per week). Ability to attend trainings and conferences outside of the Monday-Friday work schedule may be required.
This position does not provide direct supervision.