Beth Pokorski

Post-doctoral Research Associate


Elizabeth Pokorski, Ph.D., BCBA,  is a postdoctoral researcher at the Supporting Transformative Autism Research (STAR) initiative through the University of Virginia. She earned her doctorate in Special Education from Vanderbilt University in 2019. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Beth she was preschool special education teacher for six years, where she taught toddlers with moderate to severe delays or disabilities. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with expertise in intensive intervention for young children. In her practice and research Dr. Pokorski focuses on supporting the behavioral and pre-academic functioning of this population through developmentally appropriate, ethical, and evidence-based intervention. Her work also focuses on supporting families and practitioners in acquiring the necessary skills to be agents of positive change.

Dr. Pokorski’s current projects include increasing appropriate communication while minimizing challenging behavior during functional communication training with lag reinforcement, the development of an observational measure by which to track the ethics of behavior-change implementation, the changing role of punishment-based procedures in special education research and practice, and an exploration of the role social validity has played in early childhood research through time.