Matthew Ryan Lunsford


Matt Lunsford, M.Ed., MS, BCBA, IBA, LBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, International Behavior Analyst, Board Certified Special Educator, two hundred Registered Yoga Teacher, and Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher. He earned his M.Ed. in special education from the University of Mary Washington and his MS in psychology specializing in forensic psychology and pediatric neuropsychology from Southern New Hampshire University. He got his start at NVIC as a behavior analyst intern and joined the team after passing the BCBA exam. Matt speaks spanish, French, and German. Matt plans on beginning to learn ASL.

Matt enjoys ACT and the ACT Matrix and working with anxiety/phobias, eating disorders, and forensic cases. In addition, he specializes in finding assistive technology solutions for individuals that are visually impaired, legally blind, or physically challenged. Matt is able and willing to incorporate yoga into your or your child’s treatment as desired. 

Matt is currently pursuing his yoga therapist certification through Purusha Yoga and plans to start a Master and Doctor of Social Work program in clinical social work specializing in developmental disabilities to earn his LCSW in the very near future.


Outside of work, Matt enjoys travel, spending time with friends, reading, Netflix, photography (especially drone photography), and anything related to coffee. He lives in Fredericksburg with his obnoxiously loving dog Webster and Ginger, his seven-year-old calico with an attitude problem. 


University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Doctor of Social Work / Clinical Social Work, May 2025


University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Master of Social Work / Clinical Social Work, December 2023


George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Graduate Certificate / Applied Behavior Analysis, December 2019


University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

Master of Education / Special Education, December 2020


Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH

Master of Science / Psychology, February 2017


University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA

Bachelor of Arts / English, December 2014


Germanna Community College, Fredericksburg, VA

Associate of Arts and Sciences / Education, May 2012

Areas of Expertise

Acceptance and commitment therapy

Autism spectrum disorder

Anxiety disorders

Obsessive compulsive disorders

Clinical behavior analysis

Therapeutic yoga

Teaching Experience and Courses Taught

Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Southern New Hampshire University, October 2021

  • PSY 108: Introduction to Psychology

  • PSY 200: Foundations of Addictions

  • PSY 205: Forensic Psychology

  • PSY 215: Abnormal Psychology

  • PSY 216: Psychology of Personality

  • PSY 225: Health Psychology

  • PSY 226: Psychology of Individual Differences and Special Needs

  • PSY 300: Biopsychology

  • PSY 310: Criminal Psychology

  • PSY 314: Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence

  • PSY 323: Psychology of Gender

  • PSY 331: Human Sexuality

  • PSY 491: Psychology & Social Change


Assistant Professor of Psychology and English, University of the People, October 2018 – Present

  • UNIV 1001: Online Education Strategies

  • ENG 1010: College Composition I

  • PSYC 1504: Introduction to Psychology

  • PSYC 1205: Emotional Intelligence  

  • CPH 4241: Psychopathology and Mental Health

Professional Experience 

Lunsford Behavioral Consulting & Yoga, LLC
Owner/Behavior Analyst/Yoga Teacher, September 2021 – Present

Southern New Hampshire University
Adjunct Professor of Psychology, October 2021 – Present

Northern Virginia Instructional Consulting, LLC

Board Certified Behavior Analyst, August 2021 – Present

University of Mary Washington
Adjunct Professor of Psychology, March 2021 – Present 


VHS Learning

AP Psychology & English Teacher, August 2020 – Present


City of Fredericksburg Public Schools, Fredericksburg, VA

Substitute Teacher, May 2017 – May 2021

  • Supervise students in multiple environments including classrooms and cafeterias

  • Enforce administrative policies and rules governing students

Volunteer Experience

Northern Virginia Instructional Consulting
Intern in Clinical Behavior Analysis, August 2020 – April 2021


Gladys H. Oberle School

Intern in Behavior Analysis, June 2019 – December 2019

University of the People, Pasadena, CA

Assistant Professor of Psychology and English, October 2018 – Present

  • Promoted to Faculty Trainer March 2020


Crisis Text Line, New York, NY

Certified Bilingual Crisis Counselor, June 2017 – Present

  • Multitask and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team in a technological environment to provide crisis services to those in need

  • Trained and comfortable in high-risk scenarios

  • Trained in active rescue protocol

  • Deliver crisis services utilizing a high degree of empathy and active listening

Licenses And Certifications

  • Massachusetts English 5 – 12 Educator License # 516473

  • Board Certified Special Educator, American Academy of Special Education Professionals

  • Registered Yoga Teacher 200-hour, Yoga Alliance

  • Certified Yoga Therapist, International Association of Yoga Therapists (in progress)

  • Certified Health Specialist

  • International Behavior Analyst, International Behavior Analyst Organization, 36100039

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Behavior Analyst Certification Board, 1-21-5205

  • Virginia Licensed Behavior Analyst, License 0133002098

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society

  • Associate Member of the American Psychological Association

    • Division 2: Society for the Teaching of Psychology

    • Division 25: Behavior Analysis

  • Member of Psi Beta International Honor Society

  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society

  • Professor Member of the National Association of Special Education Teachers

  • Member of the Association for Contextual and Behavioral Sciences

  • Member of the Virginia Association of Behavior Analysis

  • Member of Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society

  • Member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International

  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers


Epps, B., Lunsford, M. R. (2020). Psychopharmacology in the classroom: What do teachers of emotionally disturbed students need to know and why?. Unpublished manuscript, College of Education, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, USA.

Epps, B., Lunsford, M. R. (2020). The braille literacy crisis: Why is it occurring and how can it be remedied?. Unpublished manuscript, College of Education, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, USA.


Lunsford, M. R. (2020, July 14). What is precision teaching?, from