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Jamie Pearson

Assistant Professor

528C Poe Hall



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.

Research Description

My broad research interests are around supporting families of children with autism spectrum disorder. More specifically, my 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.


Ph.D. in Special Education from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.A. in Psychology from North Carolina Central University
B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Scholarly Publications

  • Articles Published in Referred Journals
  • Burke, M. B., Meadan, H., Patton, K., Pearson, J., Cummings, K., & Lee, C. (in press). Advocacy for children with social-communication needs: Perspectives from parents and school professionals. Journal of Special Education.
  • Pearson, J., & Meadan, H. (in press). African American Mothers’ Perceptions of Diagnosis and Services for Children with Autism. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
  • Curtiss, S., Pearson, J., Akamoglu, Y., Fisher, K. W., Meyer, L., Snodgrass, M.R.,…Halle, J. (2016). Bringing instructional strategies home: Essential questions for reaching parents from a distance. Teaching Exceptional Children, 48, 159-167.
  • Pearson, J. (2015). Disparities in diagnoses and access to services for African American Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. DADD Online Journal, 2, 52-65.
  • Israel, M., Wherfel, Q., Pearson, J., Salim, S., & Tapia, T. (2015). Empowering K-12 students with disabilities to learn computational thinking and computer programming. Teaching Exceptional Children, 48, 45-53.
  • Israel, M., Pearson, J., Tapia, T., Wherfel, Q., & Reese, G. (2015). Supporting all learners in school-wide computational thinking: A cross-case qualitative analysis. Computers and Education, 82, 263-279.
  • Book Chapters
  • Bentz, J., Pearson, J., & Witt, M.A., (2016). Study Abroad Australia: Practice and Research. In A. Heejung (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Efficacy and Implementation of Study Abroad Programs for P-12 Teachers. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Other Scholarly Publications
  • Pearson, J. (2016). From Parents to Teachers: Supporting African American Families of Students with Autism. DADD Express, 27. 1, 8.

Courses Taught

  • ELM 440 Teaching Children with Special Needs in the Elementary Classroom

Research Areas