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VT Center for Autism Research

Merging science with service

through interventions, education, and research.

Photo credit: Brent Clark

Table with 3 sets of hands (clinicians and client) playing a game
Photo credit: Brent Clark

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

where our mission is to improve the quality of life for autistic individuals and their families through intervention, education, and research directed towards effective treatments and supports.


We are hiring 2 Postdoctoral Associates!  

VTAC/CAR, in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension and Commonwealth Autism, are seeking candidates for two positions as postdoctoral associate, senior research associate, or research scientist, depending upon level of experience. The positions involve work in the catchment areas of Dickenson and Wise Counties to provide diagnostic autism assessments, offer trainings/consultations to area educators, and to conduct effectiveness research on rural capacity building of autism services.  Mentorship will be provided by the director of the VT Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research in Blacksburg, VA. Possible renewal for second year.
3 sets of hands playing games on a table
Graduate student clinician working with a young client.
self-advocate Daniel Durany speaking at the VTCAR spring 2023 conference
Self-advocate Daniel Durany speaking during our spring 2023 conference.

Applications open for our Self-Advocate Advisory Committee

VTCAR is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving on a self-advocate advisory committee.  This committee will advise the director on various research, programs, clinical services, marketing, and communications to help ensure that autistic people and their interests are represented in how the center and clinic advances its mission on behalf of the autism community. Outcomes of discussions will directly inform potential center research and related services. 

 VT Mobile Autism Clinic

VTAC/CAR was thrilled to be one of four regional finalists for the Kellogg Foundation award this past fall!!
Thank you to Steven White, VT Daily Doodler, for sketching this great piece!
The Mobile Autism Clinic RV parked in the lot of the Blacksburg Library.  Two student clinicians stitting outside of it.
We strongly support neurodiversity and acknowledge varying preferences regarding language among self-advocates within the autism and broader community.  Please let us know your preference for identity-first (i.e., "autistic individual") or person-first language (i.e., "individual with autism/ASD") when we meet.