Jessica Suhrheinrich, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor Special Education at San Diego State University and an Investigator with the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center. Broadly, her research aims to improve community-based services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her clinical experience includes developing and supervising home and school-based programs for children with ASD and training therapists and parents to implement behavioral interventions. Prior to attending graduate school in psychology, Dr. Suhrheinrich was also a classroom teacher. This experience shaped her interest in improving the quality of educational programming for children with ASD and increasing teacher access to training in evidence-based interventions.
With her colleagues, Dr. Suhrheinrich adapted an evidence-based practice for ASD for use by classroom teachers and paraprofessionals and has been funded through the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES R324A130349) to evaluate the effectiveness of the adapted program. She was also funded through the NIMH (R21/R33 097033) as co-PI on a project evaluating the effect of a training intervention for agency supervisors targeting coaching and fidelity assessment practices.
Dr. Suhrheinrich has two current projects that integrate implementation sciences and school-based services for students with autism. The first project is funded through an NIMH career development award (K01MH109574) to support additional training in implementation science. The project will explore current implementation practices within school districts, drawing from a statewide survey and focus group data from special education personnel across organizational levels. Data will be used to adapt a leadership for organizational change (LOCI) intervention for mid-level leaders in special education and a pilot test will evaluate fidelity, feasibility and acceptability of the intervention. A second project funded by IES (R324A170063; Stahmer co-PI) explores multi-level system factors related to training and implementation outcomes for EBPs for ASD in school settings across the state of California in partnership with the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN).