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The Rural Outreach panel at the 2018 Autism Conference

Welcome to the
Virginia Tech Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research

The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research was established in the College of Science to promote collaborative research on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related conditions from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The VT Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research builds upon basic research and clinical resources already available at Virginia Tech and works closely with other autism service providers to provide outreach on research findings, conduct research, and recruit participants.

The VT Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research has a mission of merging science and service.  We incorporate the Virginia Tech motto of Ut Prosim (That I May Serve) by serving the rural Appalachian community around us.  Our autism research incorporates an implementation science framework to ensure that evidence-based autism treatments are employed where possible.  This informs the clinical work at the Autism Clinic, and it helps keep our focus on implementation science and our service mission. We also host an annual autism research conference every spring to share our research with the larger community. If you are interested in our research science or our services, please feel free to contact us

Events and Announcements

VTAC/CAR is pleased to announce the Hulick Serving Spirit Award!

The Hulick Serving Spirit Award (2019-20) funds a continuing outstanding Graduate Student in the disabilities field whose work is affiliated with the VT Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research.  The award is intended to support 2 years of professional and academic training of a graduate student seeking to pursue a service or research career that will positively impact special needs populations and their families, primarily those born with congenital disabilities, both intellectual and/or developmental, and with a special emphasis on autism spectrum disorders or related conditions.  Broadly defined, the field includes areas such as autism, learning and developmental disabilities, and intellectual challenges. Related work in the field includes normative or atypical development, work with individuals or families, prevention or treatment, and basic or applied research. The 2-year award will also include a plan for a service or research internship experience with VTCAR each year, to be completed onsite at the VT Autism Clinic or the Mobile Autism Clinic.

Please see the full announcment here and direct any questions to Dr. Scarpa at Applications are due by 5pm on May 7, 2019. 

VTAC/CAR in the News:

WFXR Living Local: Learn about the great resources Virginia Tech has for those with autism

Autism Awareness Day, WDBJ News: Advocates aim to raise awareness about individuals with autism

Congratulations to our VTAC/CAR/MAC team for winning the Innovative Rural Award for 2019 from the Virginia State Office of Rural Health!!

Driving for an Autism Solution: Check out the Roanoke Times article on VTAC/CAR's new Mobile Autism Clinic (MAC)

Congratulations to VTAC/CAR affiliate Dr. Thomas Ollendick and his team at the VT Child Study Center for receiving a grant from the Organization for Autism Research, for their VTAC/CAR seed-funded project entitled "Modification of One-Session Phobia Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum.” Best of luck on this exciting new project!