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Virginia Tech Autism Clinic

"Improving quality of life for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders through intervention, education, and research."


The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic in the Psychology Department of Virginia Tech, opened in the Fall of 2005 to provide clinical services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families in the surrounding New River Valley. Our vision for this facility began in the Fall of 2004, as the Virginia Tech Autism Research Group met to discuss the available services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the New River Valley, a largely rural area. Through an extensive survey assessing existing services throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, it was brought to the attention of the group that many parents were concerned about both the availability and quality of services they were receiving. We invite you to explore our website and contact us with any questions or concerns.

- Dr. Angela Scarpa, VTAC Founder & Co-Director and

Dr. Susan White, VTAC Co-Director


Our Mission

Dr. Angela Scarpa and Dr. Susan White, Co-Directors of VTAC

Dr. Angela Scarpa and Dr. Susan White, Co-Directors of VTAC

The mission of the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic is to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families through assessment, intervention, education, and research directed towards effective treatment and prevention. The Clinic provides diagnostic evaluations for infants/toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults who are suspected to have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS. Treatment services are based on a variety of empirically supported intervention techniques. Individualized treatment approaches are developed for each child based on evidence-based behavioral strategies from Applied Behavior Analysis, developmental approach, Pivotal Response Treatments, and social skill groups. We also offer Consultation to schools, medical practices, and community agencies involved in providing services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our research gives children, parents, and service providers with the opportunity to participate in the development of effective evidence-based treatment techniques by taking part in studies designed to understand the causes, prevention, and interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders.

With this approach, the Virginia Tech Autism Clinic seeks to provide cutting edge clinical services based on evidence-based treatment strategies, to increase knowledge and awareness about autism among the professional community and general public, and to conduct quality research.


1st Annual VTAC Outreach Conference

A big thank you to all who were able to attend our first annual outreach conference! Please find a copy of the schedule of events here as well as the following presentations available for download below.   

Keynote Presentation

"Social Skills in Autism Spectrum Disorder" presented by Dr. Susan White

***Presentation unavailable for download: For additional information on this topic, please email 

Morning Talks

"Support for Siblings with ASD" presented by Marika Coffman & Tyler Hassenfeldt

***Presentation unavailable for download: For additional information on this topic, please email and 

"Tackling Anger and Anxiety in Children with ASD" presented by Jill Lorenzi & Deanna Swain

"Developing Social Skills in Teens & Young Adults with ASD" presented by Caitlin Conner & Haley Gordon

Hands-On Afternoon Presentation

Assistive Technology Solutions for Children with ASD" presented by Royce Jacoman & TTAC staff

***Click here to learn more about the Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC)

Afternoon Talks

"Services for Adults with ASD: A Guide for Professionals on Law and Policy" presented by Rebecca Elias

***Presentation unavailable for download: For additional information on this topic, please email 

"Anxiety & Depression in Individuals with ASD" presented by Brenna Maddox


Please feel free to email with questions concerning the 2014 VTAC Outreach Conference. 


Adults with ASD Support Group

Please join us for our Adults with ASD support group. We meet 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm-8pm at the Child Study Center (460 Turner St. Suite 207, Blacksburg, VA 24060). Families also welcome to attend! 

 For more info, contact: Caitlin Conner (


Virginia Tech Center for Autism Research (VTCAR)

VTCAR (founded in 2012) is our research center partner. Please check out our Research page for more information!

VTAC seeks to provide cutting edge clinical services, increase knowledge and awareness, and to conduct quality research.
Virginia Tech Autism Clinic

Virginia Tech Autism Clinic



Concerned Parent?

  • Check out our clinical services page

  • We offer diagnostic evaluations, group interventions, and consultations





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  • Who: Parents of children with ASD or individuals with ASD
  • What: Sign-up to learn more about services, new studies, and events at VTAC

  • When: Currently seeking participants