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Read the Virginia Tech College of Science article entitled Pandemic forces Autism Clinic to go online, opening new ways to serve

When the coronavirus forced much of the world into self-quarantine and social distancing this past spring, leaders at the Virginia Tech Autism Center had to rework how they operate.

VTAC/CAR wins Exemplary Recognition from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research's project entitled Pioneering Partnerships: Mobilizing Autism Services in Rural Communities has been identified as an Exemplary winner by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards Northeast. These awards recognize four-year public universities that have made exemplary strides to become more closely and productively engaged with communities through their teaching/learning, discovery, and service activities. During the virtual National Engagement Scholarship Conference, all Kellogg Winners and Exemplary Projects will be recognized.  Angela Scarpa accepted the award on behalf of VTAC/CAR.  We are honored to be recognized and are looking forward to this opportunity to publicly celebrate everyone's great work!


Watch our recent news coverage from WSLS' Morning Report: Virginia Tech clinic helps families living with autism adjust to pandemic.

Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research goes from on the road to online.  Learn more about this transition from our Clinical Science graduate student clinicians Jennifer Bertollo and Angela Dahiya-Singh.


Congratulations to two VTCAR Affiliates for their significant accomplishments, which were recognized this summer.

Dr. Martha Ann Bell, Professor of Psychology, College of Science Faculty Fellow

  • In July, Dr. Bell received the Virginia Tech Alumni Research Excellence Award, awarded to faculty and staff annually who exhibit excellence and dedication in their respective fields.
  • Dr. Bell recently received a National Science Foundation Award for her project titled, Examining Behavioral and Neurophysiological Precursors of Effortful Control, a 3-year collaborative project led by Professor Masha Gartstein at Washington State University. Martha Ann and her CAP Lab team are focused on individual differences in the early development of behavioral regulation.
  • She was also selected to receive the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Rovee-Collier Mentor Award for 2020. This award recognizes Dr. Bell for significant contributions to the mentorship of young scholars. She was nominated by her former mentees.

Dr. Thomas Ollendick, University Distinguished Professor of Psychology

  • Dr. Ollendick received the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP).  SSCP is Section III of Division 12 of the APA. The SSCP Distinguished Scientist Award is given each year to an individual who has made an extremely important career contribution to the science of clinical psychology. 

Listen to our newest interview with New River Valley Community Services' "Dissect and Connect" podcast about autism, misconceptions and VTAC/CARs shift to telehealth services.

Thank you to Mike Wade with New River Valley Community Services for taking time to interview Jennifer Bertollo, VT Clinical Science doctoral level student and VTAC/CAR clinician and researcher, and Jen Scott, Rural Outreach and Grants Coordinator for VTAC/CAR.

The podcast offers an overview of autism, associated risk factors and some of the common misconceptions about individuals living with autism spectrum disorder. Jennifer and Jen also share how VTAC/CAR’s Mobile Autism Clinic and the clinic's shift to telehealth is used to help connect to families in rural communities.


Congratulations to our VT Autism Clinic and Psychology Department Alumni Awards for Excellence recipients for 2020!!

Angela Scarpa and Jennifer Scott received the VT Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence, on behalf of the VT Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research.

Martha Ann Bell (VTCAR affiliate) received the VT Alumni Award for Excellence in Research.

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Awards for Excellence are awarded to faculty and staff annually who exhibit excellence and dedication in their respective fields.


Watch our recent interview with WFXR's Living Local Virginia Tech Tuesday

Angela Scarpa, Director, and Jen Scott, Outreach and Grants Coordinator for the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic and Center for Autism Research, shared details of VTAC/CAR's unique mission to serve rural neighbors. 


Congratulations to Clinical Science student Jennifer Bertollo for receiving Honorable Mention for the Delaware Project Student Award

Jennifer is a clinician at the Autism Clinic and on the Mobile Autism Clinic and works diligently in our communities merging science with service. "This award recognizes excellence in research that links laboratory and community settings and is presented to a student whose work generates new knowledge that helps bridge the science to service gap in mental health care. The work will have the potential to impact the community by reducing the burden of mental illness on society through scientific solutions to “real-world” problems. Consistent with the Delaware Project vision, special consideration is given to innovative research that translates clinical science to community-based treatment, assessment development, delivery, adaptation, or similar activities." 

Jennifer's commitment to and work on the Mobile Autism Clinic has received positive feedback from rural families and the local CSB. Findings from her research will be used to build supports that mitigate participation problems in real-world mobile service delivery and inform implementation formats that can be used to provide timely diagnoses and ASD education to rural families.

Listen to this March 2020 Podcast with VTAC/CAR Director and Clinical Science Student Clinician

Rural Health Voice #32: Autism Services, To Go!

VTAC/CAR would like to say a big thank you out to the Virginia Rural Health Association for this exciting podcast interview opportunity!  Angela Scarpa, Director of the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic & Center for Autism Research, and Jennifer Bertollo, a doctoral student clinician, shared in this discussion about our services, the Mobile Autism Clinic and important, ongoing training and research.

Congratulations on these recent affiliate publications!

Journal of Appalachian Health:  Angela Scarpa, Laura Jensen, Denis Gracanin, Sharon Ramey, Angela Dahiya, L. Maria Ingram, Jordan Albright, Alyssa Gatto, Jen Scott, and Lisa Ruble for their article "Access to Autism Spectrum Disorder Services for Rural Appalachian Citizens".

Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology:  Tyler McFayden, Angela Dahiya, Angela Scarpa and Thomas Ollendick "Sluggish Cognitive Tempo in Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and Their Comorbidity: Implications for Impairment".



Contratulations to the VTAC/CAR/MAC Team for winning 2 awards in 2019:

  • The Virginia State Office of Rural Health's Innovative Rural Award
  • The Virginia Rural Health Association's Best Practices in Rural Health Award  


The MAC in the news:

April 2019 WVTF Public Radio: On the Spectrum; Get on the Bus

April 2019 Virginia Tech News: Mobile Autism Clinic Wins innovation rural award from Virginia State Office of Rural Health

April 2019 WFXR Living Local: Learn about the great resources Virginia Tech has for those with autism

Autism Awareness Day, April 2, 2019 WDBJ News: Advocates aim to raise awareness about individuals with autism

February 2018 Virginia Tech News article: With traveling clinic, Virginia Tech to take autism services to rural Virginia

October 2018 American Psychological Association's Monitor on Psychology article: Traveling Treatments

September 2018 WDBJ7 News coverage from Galax: Virginia Tech brings autism services to rural communities

July 2018 Roanoke Times article from Galax: Driving for an Autism Solution