Alice Shillingsburg Named Vice President of Applied Verbal Behavior at May Institute


Randolph, Mass. – Alice Shillingsburg, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is the new Vice President of Applied Verbal Behavior for May Institute, a national nonprofit organization that serves individuals across the lifespan with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs.

[Read Dr. Shillingsburg's bio here.]

Dr. Shillingsburg is responsible for providing clinical oversight for the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Randolph, Mass. In addition, she will provide leadership across May Institute to address deficits in communication and social interaction for individuals with ASD. This will include overseeing the development of an e-curriculum through the National Autism Center at May Institute, where Dr. Shillingsburg holds a joint appointment as Assistant Director.

Dr. Shillingsburg comes to May Institute from the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Ga., where she was the Program Director of the Language and Learning Clinic. She was also an associate professor in the division of Autism and Related Disorders in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Shillingsburg has joined us at May Institute,” said Cynthia Anderson, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Senior Vice President of Applied Behavior Analysis and Director of the National Autism Center at May Institute. “She brings significant expertise in interventions to increase communication and social interaction, and will expand our capacity to provide high-quality interventions and to conduct cutting edge research in effective interventions for individuals with autism.”

Dr. Shillingsburg received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Auburn University. She is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at the doctoral level. Her clinical expertise includes developing language and behavioral programming to address a variety of behavioral difficulties and social communication deficits associated with ASD and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Shillingsburg is associate editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and an editorial board member of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.

About May Institute
May Institute is a nonprofit organization that is a national leader in the field of applied behavior analysis, serving individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. Founded more than 60 years ago, we provide a wide range of exceptional educational and rehabilitative services across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit

About The National Autism Center at May Institute
The National Autism Center is May Institute’s Center for the Promotion of Evidence-based Practice. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with ASD by providing reliable information, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive resources for families, practitioners, and communities. Visit

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