Valerie M. Volkert, PhD

Valerie M. Volkert, PhD
Pediatric Feeding Disorders
Munroe-Meyer Institute
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450

Phone: (402) 559-7368
E-mail: vvolkert@unmc.edu


Professional Summary:

Valerie Volkert is an Associate Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. She received a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Louisiana State University in 2007. Dr. Volkert completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute with Dr. Cathleen Piazza as her mentor. Currently, she specializes in the treatment of pediatric feeding disorders. She has authored two book chapters and published 17 peer-reviewed research studies in 4 different journals, including the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, the Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation, Research in Developmental Disabilities, and Behavior Modification. Dr. Volkert served as the Editorial Assistant of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis from 2008 to 2010. She also serves on the board of editors and as a guest associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. She has taught courses in Learning, Verbal Behavior, Behavioral Psychology Principles: Theory and Applications, and Advanced Methods in Single Case Research. Dr. Volkert was the President of the Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis from October 2009 to March 2011. Dr. Volkert was named the training director for the MSIA Ph.D. program in ABA for the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) as well as training coordinator for the CASD and Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology in the fall of 2012.

Education:

PhD, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 2007
MA, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 2004
BS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 1999
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, August 2007 to present
Licensed Psychologist, July 2009 to present

Courses Taught:

Co-Instructor, Verbal Behavior, Spring 2011
Instructor, Learning, Fall 2009 & Spring 2012
Instructor, Behavioral Psychology Principles: Theory and Applications, Fall 2011
Instructor, Advanced Methods in Single Case Research, Spring 2013

Research Interests and Projects:

  • Pediatric feeding disorders
  • Intestinal Rehabilitation and pediatric feeding disorders
  • Undesirable effects of extinction (resurgence)

Publications:(within the last 5 years)

  • Volkert, V. M., Piazza, C. C., Vaz, P., Frese, J. (2013). A pilot study to increase chewing in children with feeding disorders. Behavior Modification. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0145445512474295.
  • Volkert, V. M., & Piazza, C. C. (2012). Pediatric feeding disorders. In Sturmey. P & Hersen, M. (Eds.), The Handbook of Evidence Based Practice in Clinical Psychology (v 1, pp.456-481). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
  • Vaz, P., Piazza, C. C., Stewart, V., Volkert, V. M., & Groff, R. (2012). Using a chaser to decrease packing in children with feeding disorders. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 45, 97-105.
  • Vaz, P., Volkert, V. M., & Piazza, C. C. (2011). Using negative reinforcement to increase self-feeding in a child with food selectivity. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 915-920.
  • Volkert, V. M., Vaz, P., Piazza, C. C., Frese, J., & Barnett, L. (2011). Using a flipped spoon to decrease packing in children with feeding disorders. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 617-621.
  • LaRue, R. H., Stewart, V., Piazza, C. C., Volkert, V. M., Patel, M. R., & Zeleny, J. (2011). Escape as reinforcement and escape extinction in the treatment of feeding problems. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 719-735.
  • Rivas, K. D., Piazza, C. C., Kadey, H. J, Volkert, V. M., & Stewart, V. (2011). Sequential treatment of a feeding problem using a pacifier and flipped spoon. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 387-391.
  • Volkert, V. M., & Vaz, P. (2010). Recent studies on feeding problems in children with autism, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43, 155-159.
  • Volkert, V. M., Lerman, D. C., Call, N. A., & Trosclair-Lasserre, N. (2009). An evaluation of resurgence during treatment with functional communication training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 42, 145-160.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis
  • Interdisciplinary Education Committee (IDE), Munroe-Meyer Institute, UNMC

Awards:

  • President’s Honor Role (five semesters): Honor role for undergraduates with 4.0 grade point averages in a semester, University of Florida, Dec 1996-June 1999
  • Recipient of the Irene B. Kirbo Scholarship: Scholarship for undergraduates with 3.5 or greater grade point averages, University of Florida 1998

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