Valerie M. Volkert, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine, is a psychologist program manager in the Pediatric Feeding Disorders Program at the Marcus Autism Center.
She received her doctorate in school psychology from Louisiana State University in 2007. She was previously faculty at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, and adjunct faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she became the Training Director for the Applied Behavior Analysis Ph.D. Program and Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. In 2015, Dr. Volkert joined the Marcus Autism Center.
She oversees the intensive day treatment program and outpatient clinics of the feeding program at Marcus, supervises interns and residents, and pursues lines of clinical research. Of particular interest are treatments to increase advanced feeding skills (e.g., self-feeding and chewing). She has authored three book chapters and published 30 peer-reviewed research studies in multiple journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Journal of Pediatrics, Research in Developmental Disabilities, and Behavior Analysis in Practice.
Dr. Volkert served as the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis from 2008 to 2010. She also serves on the board of editors for two journals and as a guest associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is currently the President of the Georgia Association for Behavior Analysis.