Vivian Attanasio began as a paraprofessional in a private school in Pennsylvania working with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. When she completed her master’s program, she became the school psychologist at the same school, where she evaluated the students annually and developed behavior plans for them.
After five years serving as a school psychologist, Attanasio moved to New Jersey and joined the Brick School District Child Study Team as their school psychologist for their self-contained autism programs. It was there that Attanasio was introduced to Vincent Carbone, Ph.D., BCBA-D. He introduced her to applied behavioral analysis (ABA), specifically verbal behavior. Attanasio became very interested in the field and a year later, transferred to PrimeTime for Kids in Rockland County, NY. There, Attanasio was the preschool supervisor and had the opportunity to work alongside Lisa Delaney and Dr. Carbone. Later that year, she was certified as BCaBA. After approximately two years, she began consulting with Terry Blackwell, BCBA, in New Jersey for Verbal Behavior Institute, where she served as clinical director. She consulted in more than 20 different school districts in New Jersey over a 12-year period, became certified as a BCBA, and supervised other BCBAs and RBTs.
Two years ago, Attanasio transitioned to Services for the UnderServed (SUS). She was the director of the balancing incentive program, with a grant awarded by the Department of Health. Attanasio’s team was very successful with meeting the objectives of the grant and she was promoted to vice presidents of Behavior Services in November 2015. She supervises a wonderful group of psychologists, BCBAs and RBTs who work directly with more than 400 adults diagnosed with development disabilities and/or mental health diagnosis.