University of Washington
Jill Locke, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington (UW) and core faculty at the UW School Mental Health Assessment Research and Training Center. Dr. Locke received her PhD in Education from UCLA and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the: 1) identification and implementation of evidence-based practices for individuals with autism in real-world settings; and 2) factors that predict successful implementation of evidence-based practices in schools. She is currently the principal investigator of an NIMH Career Development Award that uses mixed methods to examine the individual and organizational factors that predict successful implementation and sustainment of evidence-based practices for children with autism in public schools, and the PI of a pilot grant to study the feasibility and acceptability of a peer-mentoring program for college students with ASD. Her research has highlighted the importance of collaborating with community stakeholders such as public schools and the reality of working within the constraints of large, publicly funded systems, their timeline (e.g. school calendar year), and with their personnel.