UVA STAR Spotlights Collaboration with VIA

UVA STAR Spotlights Collaboration with VIA

In their monthly newsletter, our colleagues at the Supporting Transformative Autism Research Initiative at the University of Virginia (UVA STAR) published an article highlighting the value of the extensive collaboration between VIA and UVA.

“Our collaborations with UVA are a key component of fulfilling VIA’s commitment to bridge science and service,” says VIA President Dr. Ethan Long. “Together we’re producing research that has direct clinical and classroom impact. We’re training the next generation of behavior analysts, and we’re constantly working to find new ways to bring together UVA’s clinical, medical, and research excellence with VIA’s full-lifespan service model that meets families at the point of need.”

The full text of the UVA STAR article appears below:


The Virginia Institute of Autism (VIA) is one of the STAR initiative’s strongest community partners.

For decades, special education students at the Curry School of Education and Human Development have had meaningful, practical placements for student teaching and practicums at VIA. When the Curry School began its course sequence to train students to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (in September 2019), the partnership expanded and both Einar Ingvarsson, PhD, BCBA-D and Ethan Long, PhD, BCBA-D from VIA hold UVA courtesy faculty appointments.

“Our relationship with VIA is so important to the STAR initiative. The ability of being able to place students at VIA gives the experience they need to become effective teachers,” stated William Therrien, PhD, BCBA of Curry. “It is a real pleasure to collaborate with people who are so dedicated to working with people with autism and their families.”

STAR and VIA work closely on Research in Practice studies, which have included studies on water safety, dentistry, mathematics, social skills, adult conversation skills, video self-modeling and functional behavior assessment.


STAR is delighted that VIA will be opening a new Center for Adolescent and Adult Autism Services. “Adult services for people with autism are woefully underfunded and adults are underserved,” said Therrien. “We are looking forward to additional opportunities to collaborate in this new space.”