- Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., M.S.W. is the Associate Dean and Executive Director of New York Institute of Technology Vocational Independence Program, a position he has held since 2006. Dr. VanBergeijk was jointly appointed to the Yale Child Study Center as a research associate in the autism clinic. Prior to assuming the dean position at NYIT, Dr. VanBergeijk, was an assistant professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. He earned his Ph.D. in social work in 2000 from Columbia University where he was on faculty full-time as a lecturer. Before joining the academy, Dr. VanBergeijk was a school social worker.