Postdoctoral Fellowships

Fellowship Opportunities for Applied Behavior Analysis

Training Director: Jennifer Zarcone, Ph.D., BCBA-D


Fellowship Term: 1 Year beginning on or after August 1, 2020. There may be options for a second year of fellowship with some programs.

Training Leadership:

Cynthia Anderson, Senior VP of Applied Behavior Analysis and Director of the National Autism Center at the May Institute,

Ivy Chong, Senior VP Home, School, and Center-based Services,

Andrea Gold, Executive Director, The Bay School,

Alice Shillingsburg, Senior VP, Applied Verbal Behavior, Assistant Director of the National Autism Center at May Institute,


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Psychology and Applied Behavioral Analysis 2020-2021 brochure.


Training Philosophy

Postdoctoral fellowships in applied behavior analysis at the May Institute provide advanced training in the science and practice of behavior analysis and prepare fellows to function independently in their profession (psychology, behavior analysis, special education). The goals of fellowship training include: advanced training in assessment, treatment, case management, research, supervision, and ethical and professional behavior.

Fellows will be able to accrue supervision hours towards Board Licensure in Psychology and/or practicum hours towards certification as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst.

Training Opportunities

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 fellowships (1-2 years) in one or more of the following programs: May Center Schools; Home, School, and Center-Based Services; Adult Services; or research-funded projects.

May Center Schools for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developemental Disabilities

There are two locations for fellowship, one in Randolph, MA (Randolph School) and one in Santa Cruz, CA (The Bay School). These schools 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.

Home, School, and Center-based Services

The Home, School, and Center-based program offers a unique, comprehensive continuum of consultation services to schools, private agencies, and families. Our clinicians work with staff and families to coordinate and enhance programming and quality of life for students with behavioral, learning, and/or cognitive challenges across a full spectrum of service options. Our services range from intensive center-based programs, in-home behavioral treatment, to consultation and technical assistance for system-wide organizational change. This would include opportunities for learning the implementation of School-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Support in a variety of districts and schools.  An additional unique opportunity is available to supervise direct service providers and provide consultation within a large, urban public school setting with students and staff from a variety of cultural, ethnic, racial, and linguistic backgrounds.

Adult Services

The May Institute serves approximately 450 individuals in residential and day habilitation services across Massachusetts. The fellowship will be located in Randolph, MA and will involve overseeing research and training projects with the clinical teams in our adult services programs. The focus of our clinical work is on improving quality of life for adults with disabilities through teaching new skills and decreasing problem behavior. We are also developing new programs to increase healthy lifestyles and develop positive relationships. 


Fellows may choose to focus primarily on research during their fellowship. This could include large-scale research and/or single-subject research. There are several large-scale research projects underway or planned at May Institute, some of which are federally-funded. Current and planned projects include: (a) a randomized, controlled trial of early-intensive behavioral intervention, (b) a randomized, controlled trial of a modular, school-based interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder, (c) a randomized, controlled trial of a school-based intervention for middle and high-school students exhibiting challenging behavior, and (d) a feasibility study of a parent-training program. In addition to participating in the research studies, fellows will have the opportunity to learn skills in grantsmanship and the conduct of large, randomized controlled trials. Fellows also may receive mentoring in how to design and conduct of independent research projects. Fellows may also participate in the National Standards Project and other ongoing research projects.

Supervision and Training Activities

Each postdoctoral fellow will work with their supervisor to develop an individualized training plan that is aligned with the fellow’s goals for training. Depending on interests, these experiences could include opportunities for direct clinical work, consultation, supervision of others, the conduct of research, providing workshops or other trainings, and administrative activities. Fellows are required to complete a minimum of 2000 hours of fellowship. Supervision occurs during individual supervision for at least two hours per week in addition to at least 2 hours of group supervision. Postdoctoral fellows have funding to attend national conferences and professional development activities within the May Institute through our Continuing Education series.

Fellowship Term

1 Year beginning on or after August 1, 2020. Opportunities for a second year are possible.

Application Guidelines

Qualifications for Fellowship in Applied Behavior Analysis include:

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

To apply for a Fellowship in Applied Behavior Analysis submit:

  • Cover letter describing the fellowship program(s) you are applying for, the reasons why the fellowship is of interest to you, and a summary of your academic preparation and professional experiences that are related to the fellowship.
  • Curriculum vita
  • Letters of recommendation from two professors or professional supervisors (sent directly to Dr. Zarcone).

Before beginning the fellowship, you will also need to submit:

  • Official transcripts from your graduate program(s)
  • Verification letter that you have completed all requirements for your Ph.D. (to be completed by your dissertation chair or the director of your training program), if your transcripts do not reflect that your degree has been awarded.

Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2020, and applicants will be notified of acceptance by the APPIC uniform notification date (2/24/20), if desired.

Please direct all questions to Jennifer Zarcone or any of the faculty listed above.

Please send application materials to Dr. JenniferZarcone,