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Thompson, Julie Assistant Professor of Special Education


Julie L. Thompson, PhD, BCBA-D, is an Assistant Professor of Special Education, Dr. Deanna and Thomas Yates Faculty Fellow, Behavioral Learning INterventions in Children (BLINC) Lab Director and Affiliated Faculty Member of the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University. Julie's work as a classroom teacher for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) gave her insight into the layered complexities of providing adequate education to individuals with ASD in public schools. Julie's personal research examines explicit instruction procedures to teach academic and language skills to minoritized and underserved children with autism spectrum disorder and extensive support needs at home and in public school settings. Through her leadership in the BLINC lab she also guides and supports lab members to engage in applied behavioral research to improve learning interventions for all children. Julie has been PI on four externally funded awards totaling $2,224,370 and Co-PI three externally funded awards totaling $23,600,000. Currently she is principal investigator on one research project: "Teaching, Autism, and Practitioner Preparation (Project TAPP)" funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Julie has 22 peer-reviewed publications, 54 peer-reviewed presentations, and has chaired or co-chaired 9 doctoral students.

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