Postdoctoral Fellowships

Fellowship Opportunities for Applied Behavior Analysis

Postdoctoral Fellowship Director: Cynthia M. Anderson, Ph.D., BCBA-D


Fellowship Term: 1-2 Years beginning on or after July 1, 2018

Cynthia M. Anderson, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Ivy Chong, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Alice Shillingsburg, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Fellowships provide specialized training in one or more of the following areas: applied verbal behavior, severe problem behavior, school consultation, parent training, and systems-change. Fellows complete their fellowship (1-2 years) in one or more of the following areas: May Center Schools, Consultation Services, Adult Services, grant-funded research projects.

May Center Schools for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Apply the principles of behavior analysis to the assessment and treatment of core and associated features of autism spectrum disorder including communication, social interaction, addressing repetitive behaviors, and severe problem behavior. Students served in the schools typically present with significant behavioral and/or learning challenges.

School-based, Home-based, and Center-Based Services

Provide consultation to school staff and family members to enhance educational and social behavioral supports for students with autism spectrum disorder or other disabilities, social behavior problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, acquired brain injury and neurological disorders, and psychiatric disorders.

Grant-Funded Research Projects (pending funding)

Focus on either (1) evaluation of a modular intervention for school-aged children with autism via a randomized controlled trial, or (2) evaluation of a comprehensive intervention for young children with autism spectrum disorder.

Supervision and Training Activities

Each postdoctoral fellow will work with their supervisor to develop an individualized tOutlineraining plan that is aligned with the fellow’s goals for training. Depending on interests, experiences could include opportunities for gaining experience in direct clinical work, consultation, supervision of others, the conduct of research, providing workshops or other training experiences, and administrative activities. Fellows are required to complete a minimum of 2,000 hours of fellowship. Supervision occurs during face-to-face supervision meetings for at least two hours per week. Postdoctoral fellows have the opportunity to attend different professional development activities within the May Institute throughout the fellowship including participation in the Continuing Education for Psychologists seminar series and the Behavior Analyst seminar series.

Fellowship Term

1-2 Years beginning on or after July 1, 2018


Cynthia M. Anderson, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Senior Vice President, Applied Behavior Analysis
Director, National Autism Center

Ivy Chong, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Vice President of School, Home, and Center-Based Services

Alice Shillingsburg, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Senior Vice President of Applied Verbal Behavior
Assistant Director, National Autism Center

Application Guidelines

Qualifications for Fellowships in Applied Behavior Analysis include:

  • Completed all requirements for a doctoral degree in psychology, behavior analysis, or special education from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Prior supervised experience working in schools, residential services, and or clinic settings with individuals with autism spectrum disorder or related disabilities

To Apply for a Fellowship in Applied Behavior Analysis submit:

  • Cover letter describing the fellowship(s) you are applying for and the reasons why this fellowship is of interest to you, and summarizing your academic preparation and professional experiences
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Letters of recommendation from two professors or professional supervisors (sent directly to Dr. Anderson) or contact information from two people familiar with your work

Before Beginning the Fellowship you will need to submit:

  • Official transcripts of all graduate work
  • Verification of completion letter (to be completed by your dissertation chair or the director of your program) if your transcripts do not reflect that your degree has been awarded

Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2018.

Please submit materials to Dr. Cynthia Anderson at