Postdoctoral Fellowship in ABA
Description

       

ABA Postdoctoral Fellowship

Training Director: Einar T. Ingvarsson, PhD, BCBA-D

   Director of Training and Research

Telephone:         434-923-8252

Email:                   eingvarsson@viacenters.org

Website:           www.viacenters.org

Fellowship term:  One year beginning on or shortly after   August 2, 2024


Training Philosophy

 

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.

 

Training Opportunities

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 Roanoke/Lynchburg/Lexington

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.

Research

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. 


CONTACT

For further information, contact Einar Ingvarsson (eingvarsson@viacenters.org), using   the subject “VIA Postdoc Inquiry”



Requirements

  

Qualifications

  

• 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)


Position Type 

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. 

Direct Reports

This position does not provide direct supervision.