Jamie Pearson

Dr. Jamie Pearson, a former ABA therapist and program consultant, is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences. Dr. Pearson earned her PhD in Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she developed FACES, a parent advocacy program designed to support African American families of children with autism.
Dr. Pearson’s broad research interests are around supporting families of children with autism spectrum disorder. More specifically, her interests include (a) investigating disparities in the diagnosis of autism and access to services for African American families, (b) assessing the impact of parent-advocacy and empowerment training on family dynamics and child outcomes, (c) implementing classroom-based interventions that promote effective learning and engagement for underrepresented children with autism; and (d) building positive partnerships between educators and parents of children with disabilities.

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