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IES Grant

Title: Post-Doctoral Special Education Research Training in Urban Communities: A Research to Practice Model
Center: NCSER Year: 2010
Principal Investigator: Kamps, Debra Awardee: University of Kansas
Program: Postdoctoral Research Training Program in Special Education and Early Intervention      [Program Details]
Award Period: 03/01/2010 - 02/28/2014 Award Amount: $654,125
Type: Training Award Number: R324B100004

This postdoctoral program provided six postdoctoral fellows with field experience and methodological training in the design and evaluation of interventions for children and adolescents with serious behavior disorders and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The program was housed at the Juniper Gardens Children's Project and the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training. Research experiences were designed to build fellows' capacity to conduct quality special education intervention research, apply experimental design methodology (including randomized controlled trials and single-case experimental designs), and use assessment tools to design learning and behavioral interventions. Research opportunities for fellows included (a) an evaluation of a classroom-wide intervention for students with and at risk for serious behavior disorders, (b) an evaluation of a comprehensive intervention for young children with ASD, (c) an evaluation of an intervention package for secondary students with serious behavior disorders, and (d) the development of a professional development program to improve instructional and classroom management practices.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Crutchfield, Stephen
Iwaszuk, Wendy
Mason, Benjamin
Mason, Rose
Schmidt, Carla
Weeden, Marc

As of 2020, Dr. Crutchfield was an assistant professor at California Polytechnic State University, Dr. Iwaszuk was the director of learning and development at Microsoft, Dr. Benjamin Mason was an assistant professor at Purdue University, Dr. Rose Mason was an associate professor at Purdue University, Dr. Schmidt was a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida, and Dr. Weeden was a co-instructor at ABA Technologies, Inc.

Products and Publications

Journal article, monograph, or newsletter

Mason, R.A., Davis, H.S., Boles, M.B., and Goodwyn, F.D. (2013). Efficacy of Point-of-View Video Modeling: A Meta-Analysis. Remedial and Special Education, 34(6): 333-345.

Mason, R.A., Ganz, J.B., Parker, R.I., Boles, M.B., Davis, H.S., and Rispoli, M.J. (2013). Video-Based Modeling: Differential Effects Due to Treatment Protocol. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7(1): 120-131. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2012.08.003

Mason, R.A., Rispoli, M.J., Ganz, J.B., Boles, M.B., and Orr, K. (2012). Effects of Video Modeling on Communicative Social Skills of College Students With Asperger Syndrome. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15(6): 425-434. doi:10.3109/17518423.2012.704530

Randolf, J.K., Stichter, J.P., Schmidt, C., and Visovsky, K. (2011). Fidelity and Effectiveness of PRT Implemented by Caregivers Without College Degrees. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 26(4): 230-238. doi:10.1177/1088357611421503

Schmidt, C., and Stichter, J.P. (2012). The Use of Peer-Mediated Interventions to Promote the Generalization of Social Competence for Adolescents With High-Functioning Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Exceptionality, 20(2): 94-113. doi:10.1080/09362835.2012.669303

Schmidt, C., Stichter, J.P., Lierheimer, K., McGhee, S., and O'Connor, K.V. (2011). An Initial Investigation of the Generalization of a School-Based Social Competence Intervention (SCI-S) for Youth With High-Functioning Autism. Autism Research and Treatment, 2011: 1-11. doi:10.1155/2011/589539

Schmidt, M., Laffey, J., Schmidt, C., Wang, X., and Stichter, J. (2012). Developing Methods for Understanding Social Behavior in a 3D Virtual Learning Environment. Computers in Human Behavior, 28(2): 405-413. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2011.10.011 Schultz, T., Schmidt, C., and Stichter, J.P. (2011). A Review of Parent Education Programs for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 26(2): 96-104. doi:10.1177/1088357610397346