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 doctorate in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2010 and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Her research focuses on factors that predict successful implementation of evidence-based practices for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder in real-world settings, particularly public schools. She was awarded an Autism Science Foundation and FARFund early career award (2013-2015) to identify the best ways in which to train school personnel to deliver a social engagement intervention for children with autism in elementary school. She is currently the principal investigator of a NIMH K01 Career Development Award (2014-2019) 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 through the University of Washington to study the feasibility and acceptability of a peer-mentoring program for college students with autism (https://depts.washington.edu/mossaic/). 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. Dr. Locke teaches an Introduction to Implementation Science graduate-level course each summer and is an advisor to the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC). IRI has been a wonderful opportunity to learn from implementation science experts and network with peers who share research interests and goals. The individualized attention, guidance, and consultation that IRI provides has been an incredible experience that has shaped my thinking and made me a better researcher. I am incredibly grateful and honored to be an IRI fellow!