Carol Schall, Ph.D.
Director of Technical Assistance, Director of Virginia Autism Resource Center
Dr. Schall has been learning from and supporting individuals with autism since the early 1980’s. She is involved in supporting individuals across Virginia through her work as the director of the Virginia Autism Resource Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is well versed in completing functional behavior assessments and using positive behavior supports to develop comprehensive plans for individuals from a person-centered approach. She is a state trainer for the Positive Behavior Support project with the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. Additionally, she is the principal investigator for the VCU ASD Career Links Project.
Her research interests include the monitoring of psychotropic medication for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, transition from school to work and adulthood, and training for parents and professionals on serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Dr. Schall is listed in the 2005 and 2006 editions of Who’s Who in America and has recently been honored by TASH with their Positive Approaches Award. Finally, she is the lead author of the Youth with Autism Chapter in the 4th edition of Dr. Paul Wehman’s popular book Life Beyond the Classroom and Editor of a new book on Transition and Autism by Brookes Publishing. This book, Autism and the Transition to Adulthood: Success Beyond the Classroom is now available through Paul H. Brookes Publishers.
Vocational Rehabilitation Service Models for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders granted by Disability Rehabilitation and Research Project through the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research at the United States Department of Education (NIDRR) Grant Award # H133A080027, $1,500,000 across 5 years from 2008 to 2013
Role: Principal Investigator, Study Two
Endorsed Positive Behavior Support Facilitator Training granted by The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to the Partnership for People with Disabilities and the Virginia Autism Resource Center at Virginia Commonwealth University ($150,000 per year, on-going 2006 – present)
Role: Consultant, Trainer, Mentor
Role in Preparation: Co-Author
The Virginia Autism Resource Center granted by The Virginia General Assembly granted to Grafton School, Inc. on-going, 1982 – present
Enhancing Lives of Individuals with Brain Injury through Positive Behavior Supports granted by The Center for Neurotrauma Initiatives granted to the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University ($106,000 for 3 years 2006 - 2009)
Role: Consultant, Trainer, Mentor
Role in Preparation: Co-Author
Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company, Reviewer (2006-Present)
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2006 – Present)
International Association for Positive Behavior Support Conference, Reviewer of Call for Papers for the 4th, 5th, and 6th Conferences (2006 – Present)
Wehman, P., Schall, C., McDonough, J., Molinelli, A., Riehle, E., Ham, W. & Thiss, W. (2012). Project SEARCH for Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Increasing Competitive Employment On. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 0, .
Schall, C., Wehman, P. & McDonough, J. (2012). Transition from school to work for students with ASD; Understanding the process and achieving better outcomes. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 29(1), 189-202.
Schall, C. & McDonough, J. (2010). Autism spectrum disorders in adolescence and early adulthood: Characteristics and issues. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 32(2), 81-88.
Schall, C. (2010). Positive behavior support: Supporting adults with autism spectrum disorders in the workplace. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 32(2), 109-115.
Schall, C. & McDonough, J. (2010). Introduction to Special Issue - Autism Spectrum Disorders: Transition and Employment. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 32(1), 79-80.
Wehman, P. H., Schall, C. M., McDonough, J., Molinelli, A., Riehle, E., Ham, W., & Thiss, W. (In Press). Project SEARCH for youth with autism spectrum disorders: Increasing competitive employment upon transition from high school. Submitted to The Journal of Positive Behavior Intervention.
Wehman, P., Smith, M., & Schall, C. (2009). Autism and the Transition to Adulthood: Success beyond the classroom. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.
Schall, C., Wehman, P. & Carr, S. (In Press). Transition from High School to Adulthood for Young Adults with ASD. In F. Volkmar (Ed.) Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Schall, C., Target, P., & Wehman, P. (In Press). Application for youth with autism spectrum disorder. In P. Wehman (Ed.). Life Beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young People with Disabilities, 4th Ed. Baltimore: Brookes.
Schall, C. (2011). Positive behavior support. In P. Wehman & J. Kregel (Ed.s). Functional Curriculum for Elementary, Middle and Secondary Aged Students, 3rd ed. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed. Inc.
Schall, C. (2010) Quality educational outcomes. In C. Thoma & P. Wehman (Eds.). Student Lead IEP’s: A Guide for Special Educators and Families. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.
Schall, C. (2006). First responders and developmental disabilities: On the front line of an epidemic of violence. In M. T. Compton, & R. J. Kotwicki (Eds.). Responding to Individuals with Mental Illnesses: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders, and Security Agents. Boston, Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc.
Schall, C., Doval, E., Targett, P., & Wehman, P. (2006). Applications for youth with autism spectrum disorder. In P. Wehman (Ed.). Life Beyond the Classroom: Transition Strategies for Young People with Disabilities, 4th Ed. Baltimore: Brookes.
Chapman, C., Kincaid, D., Shannon, P., Schall, C., & Harrower, J. (2002). Families and the Tri-State Consortium for positive behavior support: A unique collaboration for people with challenging behavior. In J. Luschyn, G. Dunlap, & R. Albin (Eds.). Families and positive behavior support: Addressing problem behaviors in family contexts. Baltimore: Brookes.
Schall, C. (June 2012). Supporting Individuals with ASD in the Transition from School to Work. The National Autism Leadership Conference and Webcast. Chantilly, VA.
Wehman, P., Schall, C. & McDonough, J., (May, 2012). The Effect of Project Search and Supported Employment on Employment Outcomes for Adults with ASD. The National Transition Conference, Washington DC.
Wehman, P., Schall, C., Brooke, V., & McDonough, J. (April, 2012). The Effect of Project Search and Supported Employment on Employment Outcomes for Adults with ASD. 2012 NARRTC 34th Annual Conference, Alexandria, VA.
Schall, C. (April 2012). Autism and the Transition to Employment. Novaemployment. New South Wales, Australia.
Schall, C. (March 15, 2012). The Effect of Supported Employment on the Community Employment of Adults with ASD. The 9th International Conference of the Association of Positive Behavior Support. Atlanta, GA.
Schall, C., (March 16, 2012). Statewide Systems Change and the Provision of ASD Services and Supports. The 9th International Conference of the Association of Positive Behavior Support. Atlanta, GA.
Schall, C. (March 5 – 6, 2012). Positive Behavior Support for Students with ASD. Alabama Transition Conference, Opelika, AL.
Schall C., (January 30, 2012). Identification and Special Education Eligibility for Students with ASD. Hampton, Virginia
Schall, C. (October 13, 2011). Supporting Adults with ASDs in the Workplace
Using Positive Behavior Support. Autism New Jersey, Organization Autism Research. Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Schall, C. (October 4, 2011). Supporting Adults with ASDs in the Workplace
Using Positive Behavior Support. Arizona Transition Conference. Scottsdale, AZ.
Schall, C. (October 4, 2011). Supporting Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum in Learning How to Get a Job and Work. Arizona Transition Conference. Scottsdale, AZ.
Schall, C. (September 16, 2011). Supporting Adults with ASD in the Workplace Using Positive Behavior Support. Webcast, Richmond, VA.