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Janine P. Stichter

Janine P. Stichter



Professor


303 Townsend Hall
(573) 884-9157
E-mail: stichterj@missouri.edu
External Link: Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website: thompsoncenter.missouri.edu/

Research Areas


  • Study of social skills assessment and intervention for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
  • Correlation of specific environmental variables with increases in communication and pro-social behavior in children and youth with Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD) and ASD.
  • Antecedent Interventions for children with social and behavioral challenges.

Academic Background


Ph.D., Special Education (Behavior Disorders), University of Iowa (1996),
Areas of Specialty: Social/Communication Skills Development, Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism

M.A., Special Education (Moderate/Severe/Profound K-12), University of Iowa (1993)

B.A., Liberal Arts, University of Iowa (1990)



Work Experience


2008-present    Professor - University of Missouri, Department of Special Education 

2005-2009        Associate Director of Educational Research and Practice of the University of Missouri, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

2005-2009       Director, Behavior Support Clinic, Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

2002-2008       Associate Professor – University of Missouri, Department of Special Education

2001-2002       Associate Professor – Central Michigan University

1999-2001       Assistant Professor – Central Michigan University

1996-1999       Co-Director – University of South Florida, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, Department of Child and Family Studies Florida Mental Health Institute

1997-1999       Member – University of South Florida, Florida State Training Team on Positive Behavior Support, Department of Child and Family Studies, Florida Mental Health Institute

1996                Executive Director – Jericho School for Children with Autism, Inc., Jacksonville, Florida Undergraduate Clinical Supervisor/Instructor



Published Works


SAMPLE PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:

*lead author was student

*Ferguson, B., Zamzow, R., Reznicek, E., Lewis, M., Christ, S., Stichter, J.P., & Beversdorf, D. (2013). Effects of beta-adrenergic antagonism on social interaction in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (pp. 217-217).

Laffey,J., Stichter, J.P. & Galyen, K. (in press) . Distance Learning for Students with Special Needs through 3D Virtual Learning. International Journal of Virtual and Personal Learning Environments (IJVPLE).

Stichter, J. P. , Laffey, J. , Galyen, K.  & Herzog, M. (2013) iSocial: Delivering the Social Competency Intervention for Adolescents (SCI-A) in a 3D Virtual Learning Environment for Youth with High Functioning Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-013-1881-0

Schmidt, M., Laffey, J., Schmidt, C., Wang, X. & Stichter, J.P.  (2012). Developing methods for understanding social behavior in a 3D virtual learning environment. Computers in Human Behavior. 28 (2), pp. 405-413.

*Schmidt, C. & Stichter, J.P. (2012). The Use of Peer-Mediated Interventions to Promote the Generalization of Social Competence For Adolescence with high –Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Exceptionality, 20. 94-113. 

*Schultz, T. R., Stichter, J. P., Herzog, M. J., McGhee, S. D. & Lierheimer, K. (2012). Social Competence Intervention for Parents (SCI-P): Comparing outcomes for a parent education program targeting adolescents with ASD. Autism Research and Treatment vol. 2012, Article ID 681465, 10 pages. doi:10.1155/2012/681465

*Gage, N., Lewis, T.J.,  & Stichter, J.P. (2012). Functional Behavioral Assessment-based Interventions for students with or at Risk for Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders in School: An HLM-Meta-Analysis. Behavioral Disorders, 37, 55-77.

* Lierheimer, K. & Stichter, J.P.  (2012). Teaching Facial Expressions of Emotion. Beyond Behavior,21,20-27.

Stichter, J.P., Herzog, M.J., O’Connor, K.V. & Schmidt, C. (2012). Exploring a performance-based measure to monitor social competence: A pilot study of the General Social Outcome Measure. Assessment for Effective Intervention, 38, 40-52.

Stichter, J.P., O’Connor, K.V., Herzog, M.J., Lierheimer, K., & McGhee, S.D. (2012). Social Competence Intervention for Elementary students with Aspergers Syndrome and high functioning autism, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 354-366. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-011-1249-2.

Schmidt, M., Laffey, J., Schmidt, C., Wang, X. & Stichter, J.P.  (2012). Developing methods for understanding social behavior in a 3D virtual learning environment. Computers in Human Behavior. 28 (2), pp. 405-413.

*Schmidt, C. & Stichter, J.P. (2012). The Use of Peer-Mediated Interventions to Promote the Generalization of Social Competence For Adolescence with high –Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Exceptionality, 20. 94-113. 

*Schultz, T. R., Stichter, J. P., Herzog, M. J., McGhee, S. D. & Lierheimer, K. (2012). Social Competence Intervention for Parents (SCI-P): Comparing outcomes for a parent education program targeting adolescents with ASD. Autism Research and Treatment vol. 2012, Article ID 681465, 10 pages. doi:10.1155/2012/681465

*Gage, N., Lewis, T.J.,  & Stichter, J.P. (2012). Functional Behavioral Assessment-based Interventions for students with or at Risk for Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorders in School: An HLM-Meta-Analysis. Behavioral Disorders, 37, 55-77.

* Lierheimer, K. & Stichter, J.P.  (2012). Teaching Facial Expressions of Emotion. Beyond Behavior,21,20-27.

Stichter, J.P., Herzog, M.J., O’Connor, K.V. & Schmidt, C. (2012). Exploring a performance-based measure to monitor social competence: A pilot study of the General Social Outcome Measure. Assessment for Effective Intervention, 38, 40-52.

Stichter, J.P., O’Connor, K.V., Herzog, M.J., Lierheimer, K., & McGhee, S.D. (2012). Social Competence Intervention for Elementary students with Aspergers Syndrome and high functioning autism, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 354-366. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-011-1249-2.

*Schmidt, M., Laffey, J., Schmidt, C., Xianhui Wang, & Stichter, J.P. (2012).    Developing methods for understanding social behavior in a 3D virtual learning environment. Computers in Human Behavior, 28, (2), 405–413

Laffey, J., Schmidt, M., Galyen, K.,  & Stichter, J.P. (2012). Smart 3D collaborative virtual learning environments: A preliminary framework. Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments (JAISE) 4; 49-66.

* Schmidt, C., Stichter, J. P., Lierheimer, K., McGhee, S., & O'Connor, K. V. (2011). An initial investigation of the generalization of a school-based social competence intervention for youth with high-functioning autism. Autism Research & Treatment, 1-11. doi:10.1155/2011/589539

* Randolph, J., Stichter, J.P., Schmidt, C. & Visovsky, K. (2011). Fidelity and Effectiveness of PRT Implemented by Caregivers without College Degrees. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 26, 230-238, dpi: 10.1177/1088357611421503

*O’Connor, K. V. & Stichter, J.P. (2011). Using Problem Solving Frameworks to Address Challenging Behavior of Individuals with High Functioning Autism and/or Asperger¹s Syndrome. Beyond Behavior, 20(1), 11-17.

*Schultz, T.R., Schmidt, C.T., & Stichter, J.P. (2011). A review of parent education programs for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disorders, 26, 96-104.

*Hudson, S. S., Lewis, T., Stichter, J. P., & Johnson, N. W. (2011). Putting quality indicators to the test: An examination of thirty years of research. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral DIsorders, 19(3), 143-155.

Stichter, J.P., Herzog, M.J., Visovsky, K., Schmidt, C., Randolph, J., Schultz, T. & Gage, N. (2010). Social competence intervention for youth with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism: An initial investigation. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 40, (9),1067-1079.

Miles JH, McCathren RB, Stichter J,P.  & Shinawi M. (2010) Autism Spectrum Disorders in: GeneReviews at GeneTests: Medical Genetics Information Resource [database online]. Copyright, University of Washington, Seattle, 1997-2010. Available at http://www.genetests.org <http://www.genetests.org/> .

Stichter, J.P., Stormont, M., Lewis, T.J., & Schultz, T. (2009). Rates of specific antecedent instructional practices and differences between Title-One and non-Title classrooms. Journal of Behavioral Education, 18(4), 331-344.

Stichter, J.P., Randolph, J., Kay, D. & Gage, N. (2009). The use of structural analysis to develop antecedent-based interventions for students with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39(6), 883-896. 

Stichter, J.P., Lewis, T.J., Whittaker, T., Richter, M., Johnson, N. & Trussel, R. (2009). Assessing teacher use of opportunities to respond and effective classroom management strategies within inclusive classrooms: Comparisons among high and low risk elementary schools. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 11, 68-81.

Stichter, J. P., Stormont, M., & Lewis, T. J. (2009).  Instructional practices and behavior during reading: A descriptive summary and comparison of practices in Title One and non-Title elementary schools. Psychology in the Schools, 46, 172-183.

*Schmidt, M., Laffey, J., Stichter, J.P., Goggins, S., & Schmidt, C. (2008). The design of iSocial: A three dimensional, multiuser, virtual learning environment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders to learn social skills. The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge & Society, 4(2), 29-38.

Sutherland, K., Lewis-Palmer, T., Stichter, J.P., & Morgan. P. (2008). Examining the influence of teacher behavior and classroom context on the behavioral and academic outcomes for students with learning and behavior problems. Journal of Special Education, 41, 209-222.

*Trussell, R. P., Lewis, T. J., & Stichter, J. P. (2008). The impact of universal classroom interventions and individually designed behavior interventions on problem behaviors of students with emotional/behavioral disorders. Behavioral Disorders, 33 (3), 153-166.

Conroy, M.A., Stichter, J.P. Daunic, A., & Haydon, T. (2008). Classroom-based research in the field of emotional/behavioral disorders: Methodological issues and future research directions. Journal of Special Education, 41, 223-233.

Stichter, J.P., Randolph, J., Gage, N. & Schmidt, C. (2007). A review of recommended practices in effective social competency programs for students with ASD. Exceptionality, 15, 219-232.

Stichter, J.P., Crider, G., Moody, M. & Kay, D. (2007). Developing an outcome-based curricula framework for employing evidenced-based practices in autism. Beyond Behavior, 16, 3-17.

Jolivette, K., Stichter, J.P., Houchins, D. & Kennedy, C. (2007). The effects of functional communication training on the appropriate behavior of a student with emotional and behavioral disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals, 33-47.

Stichter, J.P., Brown, T., Iskow, J., Krug, M., Richards, J. & Kay, D. (2006). Addressing the challenges: Systematic integration of evidenced-based practices for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Beyond Behavior, 16, 18-32.

Stichter, J. P., Lewis, T.L. Richter, M., & Johnson, N. (2006).  Assessing antecedent variables: The effects of instructional variables on student outcomes through in-service and peer coaching professional development models. Education and Treatment of Children, 29, 665-692.

Lembke, E.S. & Stichter, J.P. (2006). Utilizing a system of screening and progress monitoring within a three-tiered model of instruction: Implications for students with emotional/behavioral disorders. Beyond Behavior, 15, 3-9.

Stichter, J. P., Hudson, S., & Sasso, G. M. (2005). The use of structural analysis to identify setting events in applied settings for students with emotional/behavioral disorders. Behavioral Disorders, 30, 401-418.

Stichter, J.P. & Conroy, M.  (2005). Using structural analysis in natural settings: A responsive functional assessment strategy. Journal of Behavioral Education, 14, 19 – 34.

Stichter, J.P. (2005). Preventing problem behavior: Identifying key classroom instructional and environmental factors. Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on Education. ISSN: 1541-5880. Honolulu, HI.

Stichter, J.P. & Conroy, M.A. (2004). Measurement, validity, and science: A call for elucidating precision and rigor in EBD research. Behavioral Disorders, 30, 5-6.

Stichter, J.P. & Conroy, M.A. (2004). A critical role of measurement on the validity of Emotional/Behavioral Disorder research. Behavioral Disorders, 30, 7-18.

Stichter, J.P., Conroy, M.A., & Boyd, B. (2004). The undefined role of the antecedent: Addressing the measurement quagmires in applied research. Education and Treatment of Children, 27, 490-508.

Stichter, J.P., Lewis, T.J., Johnson, N., & Trussell, R. (2004). Toward a structural assessment: Analyzing the merits of an assessment tool for a student with E/BD. Assessment for Effective Intervention, 30(1), 25-40.

Stichter, J. P., Clarke, S., & Dunlap, G. (2004). An analysis of trends regarding proactive and ecologically valid interventions in applied research. Education and Treatment of Children, 27, 86-104.

Stichter, J. P., Sasso, G.M., & Jolivette, K. (2004). Including a student with EBD in a general education setting: Structural analysis as an evidence based practice. Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions, 6, 166-177.

Conroy, M. & Stichter, J. P. (2003). The application of antecedents in the functional assessment process: Existing research, issues and recommendations. Journal of Special Education, 37, 15-25.

Jolivette, K., Stichter, J. P., Sibilsky, S., Scott, T. & Ridgley, R. (2002). Naturally occurring opportunities for preschool children with and without disabilities to make choice. Education and Treatment of Children, 25, 396-414.

Dunlap, G., Clarke, S. & Stichter, J. P. (2002). Twenty years of intervention research in emotional and behavioral disorders: A descriptive analysis and a comparison with research in developmental disabilities. Behavior Modification, 25, 659-683.

Jolivette, K., Stichter, J. P., & McCormick, K. (2002). Making choices--improving behavior--engaging in learning. Teaching Exceptional Children, 34(3), 24-29.

Stichter, J. P. (2001). The use of analogs in applied settings. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disorders, 16(4), 232-239.

Sasso, G.M., Conroy, M., Stichter, J. P.,  & Fox, J. (2001). Slowing down the bandwagon: The pseudo-validation and misapplication of functional assessment for students with EBD. Behavioral Disorders, 26(4), 282-296.

Stichter, J. P., Shellady, S., Sealander, K., & Eigenberger, M. (2000). Teaching what we do know: Preservice training and functional behavior assessment, Preventing School Failure, 44(4), 142-146.

Peck Stichter, J., & Caldicott, J. (1999). Families, school collaboration and shared vision in the context of IDEA. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 1(4), 252-255.

Shellady, S., & Peck Stichter, J.  (1999). Training preservice and inservice educators to conduct functional assessments: Initial issues and implications. Preventing School Failure, 43(4), 154-159.

Peck, J. (1998). Review of Understanding Challenging Behavior. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 13(2), 123-124.

Sasso, G., Peck, J., & Garrison-Harrell, L. (1998). Social interaction setting events: experimental analysis of contextual variables. Behavior Disorders, 24, 34-43.

Peck, J., Sasso, G. M., & Stambaugh, M. (1998).  Functional analysis in the classroom: Gaining reliability without sacrificing validity.  Preventing School Failure, 43(1), 14-18.

Peck, J., Sasso, G.M., & Jolivette, K. (1997). Use of structural analysis hypothesis testing model to improve social interactions via peer mediated intervention.  Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 12(4), 219-230.

Peck, J. (1995). Review of Preschool Issues in Autism. Contemporary Psychology, 40(1), 69-70.

Books:

Stichter J.P., Conroy, M.A. & Kauffman, J.M. (2007) -2008copyright). An Introduction to Students with High Incidence Disabilities. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall

Stichter, J.P. & Conroy, M.A. (2006 Copyright). How to Teach Social Skills and Plan for Peer Social Interactions with Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Pro-Ed.

BOOK CHAPTERS:

Conroy, M.A., Stichter, J.P., & Gage, N. (2011). Current Issues and Trends in the Education of Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In J. M. Kauffman & D. P. Hallahan (Eds.). Handbook of Special Education (pp: 277-290). Routledge: New York.

Laffey, J., Stichter, J. & Schmidt, M. (2010). Social Orthotics for Youth with ASD to Learn in a Collaborative 3D VLE. In Seok, S., Dacosta, B., & Meyen, E. L. (Eds.), Handbook of research on human cognition and assistive technology: Design, accessibility and transdisciplinary perspectives (pp. 76-95). New York: Idea Group

Laffey, J., Schmidt, M., Stichter, J., Schmidt, C., Oprean, D., Herzog, M. & Babiuch, R. (2009). Designing for social interaction and social competence in a 3D-VLE. In D. Russell (Ed.), Cases on Collaboration in Virtual Learning Environments: Processes and Interactions (pp. 154-169). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Conroy, M. A., & Stichter, J. P. (2008). Scientifically based practices versus urban legends in special education: Let the data speak for themselves. In M. P. Mostert, K. A. Kavale, & J. M. Kauffman (Eds.), Challenging the refusal of reasoning in special education (pp. 199-219). Denver: Love Publishing.

Conroy, M.A., & Stichter, J.P. (2006). Seeing the forest and the trees: A more rigorous approach to measurement and validity in behavioral disorders intervention research. In T.E. Scruggs & M.A. Mastropieri (Eds.), Applications of research methodology: Advances in learning and behavioral disabilities (vol. 19: 131-156.). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Stichter, J.P. & Lewis, T.J. (2006). Classroom assessment: Targeting variables to improve instruction through a multi-level ecobehavioral model. In M. Hersen (Ed), Clinical handbook of child behavioral assessment, (pp. 569-586). Boston: Elsevier Scientific.

Lewis, T., Lewis-Palmer, T., Newcomer, L., Stichter, J. & Sugai, G. (2004). Applied behavior analysis and the education and treatment of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. In R. Rutherford, M.M. Quinn, and S.R. Mathur (Eds.), Handbook of research in behavioral disorders, (pp. 523-545).  New York: Guilford Publications.

Sasso, G., Garrison-Harrell, L., McMahon, C. & Peck, J. (1997). The social competence of individuals with autism: An applied behavior analysis perspective. In R.L. Simpson & B.S. Myles (Eds.), Educating children and youth with autism: Strategies for effective practice. Austin: PRO-ED.

Reprints, Technical Papers and Other Products:

Jolivette, K., Stichter, J., & McCormick, K.M. (2003, 2004). Making choices - Improving behavior - Engaging in learning. In K.L. Freiberg, Educating exceptional children (15th ed. and 16th ed.) (pp. 116-121).  Connecticut: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin. (Reprinted from Council for Exceptional Children, Teaching Exceptional Children, 34, 24-29.)

Jolivette, K., Stichter, J.P., & McCormick, K.M. (2002). Making choices - Improving behavior -Engaging in learning. Teaching Exceptional Children, 34, 24-29. Reprinted: Jolivette, K., Stichter, J., McCormick, K.M. (2003). Making choices - Improving behavior - Engaging in learning.  In K.L. Freiberg, Educating Exceptional Children (15th ed., pp. 116-121). Connecticut: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin.

Jolivette, K., Stichter, J.P., Nelson, C.M., Scott, T.M., & Liaupsin, C.J. (2000). Improving post-school outcomes for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. (ERIC EC Digest). Reston, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.

Jolivette, K., Stichter, J.P. Nelson, C.M., Scott, T.M., & Liaupsin, C.J. (2000). Students with emotional and behavioral disorders and post-school outcomes. Council for Exceptional Children: ERIC and Resources in Education.

Stichter, J.P. (1999) Peer Buddy Manual. Practitioner Manual for Developing Peer Networks within Elementary Schools.

Stichter, J.P. et al. Center for Autism and Related Disabilities Annual Report: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999.

Stichter, J. P. et al. CARD Brochure 1996

Stichter, J. P. et al. CARD FACT Sheets (English and Spanish) 1996. 1997. 1998, 1999

Stichter, J. P. et al. CARD Video 1999

Manuscripts in Review/Preparation:

O’Connor, K.V. Bohanek, J.G. ,Stichter, J.P. & Christ, S.E. (in review). The Use of Electronic Audio Recording Systems (EARS) to assess the Social Competence Abilities of Adolescents with High Functioning Autism. Autism Research and Treatment.

Stichter, J. P. , Laffey, J. , Galyen, K.  & Herzog, M. (in review) iSocial: Delivering the Social Competency Intervention for Adolescents (SCI-A) in a 3D Virtual Learning Environment for Youth with High Functioning Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Stichter, J.P., Leinert, S., & Herzog, M. (in review). Transferring Evidence-Based Practices into School Settings: Importance of Combining Implementation Fidelity and Teacher Perspectives. Education and Treatment of Children.  



Research Grants


SUBMITTED

Cognitive-Affective Sensing for Pedagogical Interventions and Active Social Learning of Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders
National Institutes of Health
($393, 317) April 1, 2014- March 31, 2016 
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

CPS: Synergy: Networked Cyber-Physical Sensing and Pedagogical and Interventions for Active Social Learning of Youth with Autism.
National Science Foundation
($995,012) August 1, 2013- July 31, 2016
Role: Co-PI
 
The Missouri Evidence Based Practice Post Doctoral Training Program
Institute of Education Sciences, Special Education Research
($1,092,275.00) July -2013 through June-2018
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
 
The Autism Impact Measure: A New Tool for Treatment Outcome Measurement.
($3,671,629). July 1, 2013 through June, 30, 2018.
National Institutes of Health
Role: Co- Principal Investigator

iSocial: Improving the School Readiness of a 3D-Based Virtual Learning Environment to Enhance the Social Competence of Youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Institute of Education Sciences
($1,499,650.00) March 2013 through February 2016
Role: Co-Principal Investigator


APPROVED /FUNDED

Train Experts in Autism for Missouri (TEAM)
($510,889). Funded July 1, 2013- June 30, 2014.
Missouri Department of Mental Health
Role: Co- Investigator

The Autism Impact Measure: A New Tool for Treatment Outcome Measurement.
($3,671,629). Funded August 31, 2013 - August, 30, 2016.
National Institutes of Health
Role: Co- Principal Investigator

Evaluating the Efficacy of the School-based Social Competence Intervention for Adolescents (SCI-A) with HFA
Institute of Education Sciences, Special Education Research
($2,896,933)  March 2012- February 2016
Role: Principal Investigator
 
iSocial: Implementing a 3D –based virtual learning environment in schools to enhance social competence of youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
($269,000) Funded July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012.
Role: Principal Investigator (Co-PI: James Laffey)
 
iSocial: Developing a 3D-based virtual learning environment for use in schools to enhance the social competence of youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (R324A090197)
Institute of Education Sciences, Special Education Research
($1,491,073) Funded July 1, 2009 – May 30, 2013
Role: Co-Principal Investigator (PI: J. Laffey)
 
Developing a school-based social competence intervention (SCI) for youth with ASD (R324A090060)
Institute of Education Sciences, Special Education Research
($1,107,127) Funded March 1, 2009 – December 31, 2012
Role: Principal Investigator

Evaluating a 3D VLE for developing social competence
Cure Autism Now/Autism Speaks
($199,975) Funded October 1, 2008 – September 30, 2010
Role: Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI: J. Laffey)

A parent education program: Enhancing social competence in children with ASD and improving parent outcomes
Organization for Autism Research (Graduate Research Grants Competition)
($2,000) Funded September 1, 2008 – December 31, 2009
Role: Co-Principal Investigator (Advisor to Doctoral Student)
 
A 3D VLE for developing social competence in youth with ASD
University of Missouri-Research Board
($22,800) Funded June 2008 – May 2009
Role: Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI: J. Laffey)
 
Enhancing early intervention services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Thompson Foundation for Autism
($100,066) Funded April 2008 – March 2009
Role: Principal Investigator
 
An efficacy study for using a 3D VLE for developing social competence for youth with ASD
Thompson Center Research Scholar Funds
($48,578) Funded June 2008 – May 2009
Role: Principal Investigator
 
Evaluation of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Missouri Department of Mental Health
($65,504) Funded July 2007 – June 2008
Role: Co-Principal Investigator (PI: J. Miles)
 
Preparing special educators to effectively support students identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education (CFDA 84.325D)
($802,000) Funded January 2006 – December 2009
Role: Principal Investigator
 
Preparing special education leaders to develop research-based practices and policies to address problem behaviors in schools
Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education, Leadership for Children with Disabilities (CFDA 84.325D)
($792,372) Funded August 2005 – August 2008
Role: Co-Principal Investigator (PI: T. Lewis)
 
Classroom based professional development study on teaching strategies to improve classroom behavior and learning
Missouri Partnership of Educational Renewal through Benton Elementary School
($1,000) Funded 2004
Role: MU Faculty Partner
 
Use of Cool Tools for Teachers & Peer Coaching
Missouri Partnership of Educational Renewal through Paxton-Keeley Elementary School
($1,000) Funded 2004
Role: MU Faculty Partner
 
ACT Recycling Project 
AP Green Foundation
($5,000) Funded 2004 (Contract awarded through ACT)
Role: Author
 
Addressing severe behavior problems in elementary school: A cross–site investigation of the effects of function-based interventions
Submitted to Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education Evidenced-Based Interventions for Severe Behavior Problems (CFDA 84.324P)
September 2004 Approved but not Funded
($4,291,434)
Role: Co- Principal Investigator
 
Preparing special education leaders to develop research-based practices and policies to address problem behaviors in schools
Submitted to Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education Leadership for Children with Disabilities (CFDA 84.325D)
April 2004  Approved but not Funded
($792,372)
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
 
Preparing special educators to effectively support students identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Submitted to Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education (CFDA 84.325A)
April 2004 Approved but not Funded
($1,186,913.52)
Role: Principal Investigator
 
The BESST Program: Buddy Enriched Social Skills Training
Submitted to Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education Model Demonstration Projects for Children with Disabilities (CFDA 84.324C)
March 2004 Approved but not Funded
($868,903)
Role: Principal Investigator

The BESST Program: Buddy Enriched Social Skills Training
Submitted to Office of Special Education Programs, Department of Education Model Demonstration Projects for Children with Disabilities (CFDA 84.324M)
March 2003 Approved but not Funded
($694,837)
Role: Principal Investigator

Development of a multidisciplinary graduate certificate in autism training
Submitted to Michigan Department of Education
($188,000) Funded (1/2001-6/2002)
Role: Principal Investigator and Project Director

Increasing assistive technology resources for teaching
Submitted to Central Michigan University
($19,865) Funded (8/2001-6/2002)
Role: Co- Principal Investigator
 
EHS carry forward proposal
Central Michigan University
($10,504) Funded (8/1/2001- 6/2002)
Role: Co- Principal Investigator
 
Extending the research on the effects of curricular setting events on challenging behavior
Central Michigan University Research Incentive Fund
($5,600) Funded (2001-2002)
Role: Principal Investigator
 
Training personnel for the education of individuals with disabilities
USDE/OSEP/NIDRR (CFDA 84.029G).
($463,731)
Role: Project Director
 
Supporting individual interests in community-based recreational activities
The Rehabilitation Administration Services Programs, (CFDA 84.128J)
($314,948)
Role: Project Director



Presentations


SAMPLE OF INTERNATIONAL /NATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

November 22, 2013    *Owens, S.; Stichter, J.P. Integration of Core Teaching Behaviors Within the Cognitive Based Social Competence Intervention (SCI-A): A Component Analysis. Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy, 47th Annual Convention, Nashville, TN.

November 22, 2013    Stichter, J.P. Owens, S., Kilgus, S., & Riley-Tillman, C. Toward Efficiency and Accuracy in the Measurement of Student Social Behavior: An Initial Comparison of Systematic Direct observation and Direct Behavior Ratings. Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy, 47th Annual Convention, Nashville, TN.

July 31, 2013              Owens, S. Leinert, S. & Stichter, J. P. Development of a Multidimensional Fidelity Observation Tool for Social  Competence Intervention (SCI). Presentation at the 2013 APA Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii.

April 28, 2013            Laffey, J. , Stichter, J.P. & Gaylen, K. . Distance Learning for Students with Special Needs through 3D Virtual Learning. Paper presention at the Annual American Education Research Association meeting. San Francisco, CA.

April 20, 2013            Herzog, M, Stichter, J.P. & O’Connor, K.V. Exploring Theory of Mind Assessments: Others? Reports and Task Performance. Poster presentation at the 2013 Society for REsesarch in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting. Seattle, WA.

March 19, 2013          Beversdorf, D. Ferguson, B., Recnicek, E, Lewis, M. Christ, S. & Stichter, J.P. Effects of Propanolol on Social Functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presentation at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Neurology. San Diego, CA.

February 22, 2013      McGhee, S.M., Stichter, J.P. & Herzog, M. The General Social Outcome Measure: Moving Towards a Standardized Tool for Assessing Social Competence. Poster presentation at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders - Symposium, Kansas City, MO.

January  25, 2013       Schultz, T. R. & Stichter, J. P. Using the Incredible Years to Reduce Challenging Behavior in Children with Autism. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International 7th Annual Autism Conference in Portland, OR.

October 26, 2012        Leinert, S. & Stichter, J.P.  Teachers Matter: Transferring a Social Competence Curriculum to Fit the Realities of the Classroom. Presentation conducted at Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders in Tempe, AZ.       

October 26, 2012        Stichter, J.P., Leinert, S., & Herzog, M. Social Competence Intervention (SCI-A) in Middle Schools with Fidelity and Results: Exploring Train the Trainer Across Three Years. Presentation conducted at Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders in Tempe, AZ.

May 19, 2012             O’Connor, Karen V., Stichter, J.P., & Herzog, M. Critical Evaluation of Commonly Used Assessments of Theory of Mind Abilities. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto Canada.

May 18, 2012             Bodner, K.E. J P. Stichter, J.P., David Q. Beversdorf, D.Q., Judith H. Miles, J.H.& Christ, S.E. Age-Related Differences in Visual Interference Control in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto Canada.

May 18, 2012             Stichter, J.P., Herzog, M, McGhee, S., & Leinert, S. Examining the Maintenance of Effects of a Social Competence Intervention (SCI-A). Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research, Toronto Canada.

February 25, 2012      McGhee, S. & Stichter, J.P.  The elephant in the room? Sexuality education for adolescents with HFA/AS. Presentation at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders - Symposium, Kansas City, MO.

February 25, 2012      Leinert, S. & Stichter, J.P. A Case Study of Transferring a Research-Based Social Competence Curriculum into Natural Settings. Poster presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders - Symposium, Kansas City, MO.

February 24, 2012      Stichter, J.P. Lierheimer, K., McGhee, S. & O’Conner. Social Skill Development for Students with High Functioning Autism. Workshop presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders - Symposium, Kansas City, MO.

November 19, 2011    Herzog, M., Schultz, T. & Stichter, J.P. The Parenting Sense of Competence Scale for Parents of Youth with Autism. Roundtable presentation at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) 73rd Conference.

July, 2011                   Stichter, J.P.; Herzog,M.; O’Conner,K.V.; Lierheimer, K., Kerpash, J., & Benigno, J. Addressing Social Competence Deficits for Adolescents with Autism in the Schools (SCI-S). Paper presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of Cognitive Science Society. Boston, Massachusetts.

May 27, 2011             Laffey, J., Stichter, J.P., Schmidt, M&  Gaylan, K. Social Orthotics support social behavior of youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders in a 3D VLE.Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Convention for Association of Psychological Sciences.  Washington, DC.

May 14, 2011             Stichter, J.P., Lierheimer, K., Schultz, T., & Herzog, M. Designing Social Competence Interventions for Adolescents with Autism: The SCI Project.  Oral Presentation at the International Meeting for Autism Research. San Diego, CA.

May 12, 2011             O’Connor, K.V., Stichter, J.P., Leinert, S. & Herzog, M. Extending Social Competence Intervention (SCI) for Adolescents with HFA/AS into Schools. International Meeting for Autism Research. San Diego, CA.

May 12, 2011             Christ. S.E., Stichter, J.P., O’Connor, K.V., Moffitt, A.  & Herzog, M. The Relationship Between Executive Function and Social Competence Intervention (SCI) Outcomes Among Adolescents with ASD.. International Meeting for Autism Research. San Diego, CA.

May 12, 2011             Kimberly E. Bodner, Janine P. Stichter, Karen V. O’Connor, Amanda J. Moffitt, Melissa Herzog & Shawn E. Christ. Improvements in Executive Function Associated with Participation in Social Skills Intervention. International Meeting for Autism Research. International Meeting for Autism Research, San Diego, CA

April 2011                  Laffey, J., Schmidt, M., Stichter, J.P., Schmidt, C, Wang, X., & Ding, N. Examining the Impact of Social Orthotics on Behavior in a 3D VLE for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association- New Orleans, Louisiana

February 25, 2011      O’Connor, K.V. , Stichter, J.P. & McGhee, S. M. Social Competence Intervention for Elementary Students with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. Oral presentation at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders- Symposium. Kansas City, MO

February 24, 2011      Christ, S.E., Stichter, J.P., Moffitt, A. Bodner, K., Savarese, A.  & Visovsky, K . Changes in Brain Activation Associated with Social Competence Intervention in Adolescents with Autism. Presented at The 39th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society in Boston, Massachusetts.

November 16, 2010    Christ, S.E., Stichter, J.P., Moffitt, A. Bodner, K., Savarese, A.  & Visovsky, K. Intervention-related changes in working memory activation in adolescents with autism. 40th Annual Meeting of Neuroscience. San Diego, CA.

October 29, 2010        Visovksy, K., Stichter, J.P., Lierheimer, K. ,& McGhee, S. Extending Social Competence for Adolescents to Schools (SCI-S). Presented at the 34th Annual Conference for Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders, Tempe, AZ.

October 29, 2010        Schultz,T., Stichter, J.P., Herzog,M. McGhee, S. &Lierheimer, K. Outcomes for a Parent Education Program Targeting Social Competence in ASD:  A Group Comparison.  Presented at the 34th Annual Conference for Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders, Tempe, AZ.

May 22, 2010             Christ, S.E., Stichter, J.P., Visovsky, K., Moffitt, A., & Herzog, M. The relationship between executive function and social competence intervention (SCI) outcomes among adolescents with an autism spectrum disorder. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. Philadelphia, PA.

May, 1, 2010              Laffey, J., Schmidt, M., Henry, H., Wang, X. & Stichter, J.Examining Interaction in 3D VLE: A Case Study of an Analytic Approach. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO. (SIG –Advanced Technology in Learning). 

May 2, 2010               Schmidt, M., Laffey, J., Henry, H., Wang, X. & Stichter, J. Interpreting Conditions and Characteristics of Desirable Interaction in a Three-dimensional Virtual Learning Environment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO. (Division C-Learning and Instruction -> Section 7: Technology Research).

November 14, 2009    Schultz, T., Stichter, J.P., & Herzog, M.J. Supporting parents of children with autism: A pilot parent education program. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Family Relations, San Francisco, CA.

October 23, 2009        Schmidt,C., Stichter, J.P., Schmidt,M. & Laffey, J. isocial: A 3D- Virtual Learning environment for enhanced social interaction and development of social competence. Presented at the 33rd Annual Conference for Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders, Tempe, AZ.

October 23, 2009        Schultz, T., Stichter, J.P., & Herzog, M.J. Parent education for parents of children with autism. Presented at the 33rd Annual Conference for Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders, Tempe, AZ.

May 8, 2009               Randolph, J., Stichter, J., Visovsky, K., Schmidt, C., & Schultz, T. Controlling for the influence of education level on fidelity of implementation of Pivotal Response Treatment for children with Autism. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. Chicago, IL.

May 8, 2009               Stichter, J.P., Schmidt, C., & Schmidt, M. iSocial: a 3D-Virtual Learning Environment for Enhanced Social Interaction and Development of Social Competence. Poster and technology demonstration presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. Chicago, IL.

May 7, 2009               Stichter, J.P., Schmidt, C., & Herzog, M. J. Designing Social Competence Progress Monitoring through Curriculum Based Measures: A Pilot Study. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. Chicago, IL.

February 2009            Schultz, T., Schmidt, C., & Stichter, J.P. Parent Education Programs for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Integrative Review. Poster presented at the International Conference on Parent Education and Parenting, Denton, TX.

November 18, 2008    Stichter, J.P., Schmidt, C., Schultz, T, & Herzog, M. The Relationship Between Social Competence Intervention Outcomes and Autism Subtype Characteristics. Presented at the Conference for Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders, Tempe, AZ.

May 15, 2008             Stichter, J.P., Visovsky, K., Schmidt, C., Gage, N., & Crowe, T. Designing Social Competence Interventions to Match ASD Subtype Characteristics: A Pilot Study. Presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. London, UK.

April 5, 2008              Stichter, J.P. & Schmidt, C.  Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Effective Social Skills and Social Interactions Programs for Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Presented at the 2008 Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo. Boston, MA.

February 22, 2008      Stichter, J.P., Herzog, M., & Olive, J. Using a Cognitive Behavioral Intervention to Increase Social Competency for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Presented at the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders- Symposium. Kansas City, MO.

May 5, 2007               Stichter, J.P., Randolph, J. & Olive, J.  School-based Assessments to Identify Setting Events that Promote and Maintain Adaptive Behavior for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Presented at the 3rd Annual International Meeting for Autism Research. Seattle, WA.

February 23, 2007      Stichter, J. P., Bricker, J., Olive, J. & Gage, N.  Addressing the Need for Social Competency for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Through a Teacher Training Program.  Presented at Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders - Symposium, Kansas City, MO.

February 22, 2007      Stichter, J. P. Developing Social Competence: Assessing and Addressing Social Skill Deficits for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Invited Workshop presented at Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders - Symposium, Kansas City, MO.

February 3, 2007        Stichter, J.P., Bricker, J., & Olive, J. The Use of Structural Analysis to Identify Antecedent-Based Interventions Across Applied Settings for Students with Autism. Poster presented at the Association for Behavior Analysis International Autism Conference. Boston, MA.

October 12, 2006        Stichter, J. P. & Dunlap, G. District Systems for Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Session Chair at the Secondary & Tertiary Interventions: A National Forum for Advanced Implementers of School-wide PBS. Chicago, IL.

October 12, 2006        Dunlap, G. & Stichter, J. P. State Systems for Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Session Chair at the Secondary & Tertiary Interventions: A National Forum for Advanced Implementers of School-wide PBS. Chicago, IL.

May 28, 2006             Stichter, J.P.  The Use of Structural Analysis to Identify Setting Events in Applied Settings for Students with Autism.  Chair of Symposium and presenter at The 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis, Atlanta, GA

February 24, 2006      Trussell, R. Stichter, J. P., Divine, C. Essential Classroom Universals and Teacher Behaviors for Maintaining Safe and Effective Classrooms for Children with E/BD. Presented at Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders - Symposium, Kansas City, MO.

February 23, 2006      Stichter, J. P. Teaching Social Skills to Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Invited Workshop presented at Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders - Symposium, Kansas City, MO.

November 19, 2005    Stichter, J.P., Richter, M.; Johnson, N. & Bradley, L.  Assessing Classroom–based Instructional Antecedents: The Effects of OTR Variables on Student Academic and Behavioral Outcomes. The 29th Annual Conference of Teacher Educators for Children with Behavioral Disorders, Tempe, AZ.

September 23, 2005    Stichter, J.P. & Conroy, M.A. Assessing and Remediating Social Skills Deficits in Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Functional Approach. Sixth International Conference on Children and Youth with Behavioral Disorders. Irving, TX.

May 27, 2005             Stichter, J.P. & Conroy, M.A. A Critical Analysis of the Role of Measurement on the Validity of Research. Presentation at The 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis, Chicago, IL.



Awards and Honors


2005 - Nominated for the Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Research,  Early Research Career Award

2001- Research Investment Award. Central Michigan University.



Service


Recent Community/Public Service

08/2009-2012    Member: Woodhaven Board Programming Committee, Columbia, MO

2008-2009    Member: Missouri ASD Standards Project Development Team

Aug 2007    Expert Witness: Senatorial Blue Ribbon Panel on Autism– State of Missouri

2004-present Member: Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders Planning Committee

Recent University and Departmental Service

2013-present   Member: University Graduate Faculty Senate
3/12-present    Member of the College Internal Program Review Committee
8/11-present    Member of the College of Education Strategic Planning Committee
8/01/08-5/30/11
    Member and Chair: College of Education Promotion and Tenure Committee

10/08/09          Presenter: TC Research Seminar Series, University of Missouri, “Parent Education Effects in Relation to Social Competence Development for Adolescents with ASD: Pilot Data from SCI

05/2009- 04/2010      Member: Dean Search Committee, College of Education, University of Missouri

11/2008     Presenter: 17th Annual Psychiatric-Mental Health Update, Evidence-Based Practice in Psych/Mental Health Caregiving, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri “Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs): Intervention and Support”

10/2008   Presenter: Clinical Psychology Seminar, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri, “Social Skills Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

08/08-01/09     Member: Dean Search Committee, College of Education, University of Missouri

08/08-5/10      Member: Promotion/Tenure Committee, College of Education, University of Missouri    

05/10-pres    Chair: Promotion/Tenure Committee, College of Education, University of Missouri

2007     Presenter: University Physicians Psychiatry Grand Rounds, “Addressing Challenging Behavior Through Prevention and Instruction”

2007    Presenter: University Physicians Pediatricians Grand Rounds, “Triage and Follow-Up for Children with Possible Behavior Needs”

2007   Member: Focus Group for Provost’s Strategic Advantages Task Force

2006-present   Member: Office of Research Faculty Advisory Committee

2006-2009     Member: Faculty Responsibility & Appeals Committee (College of Education, MU)



Additional Information


2010                            Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) Grant Section Panel Member



Editorships


Journal/Textbook: Exceptional Children
Position: Reviewer
Time: 2010 - Present

Journal/Textbook: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Position: Reviewer
Time: 2010 - Present

Journal/Textbook: Teacher Education and Special Education
Position: Editorial Board
Time: 2010 - Present

Journal/Textbook: Behavior Disorders
Position: Associate Editor
Time: 2006-2008

Journal/Textbook: Behavioral Disorders
Position: Editorial Board
Time: 2002-Present

Journal/Textbook: Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities
Position: Editorial Board
Time: 1998-Present

Journal/Textbook: Journal of Behavioral Education
Position: Editorial Board
Time: 2006-Present

Journal/Textbook: Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions
Position: Editorial Board
Time: 2003-Present

Journal/Textbook: Forum section of Behavioral Disorders
Position: Editorship, Co-Editor
Time: 2002-2005

Journal/Textbook: Education and Treatment of Children
Position: Guest Reviewer
Time: 2002-Present

Journal/Textbook: NHSA Dialog: A Research to Practice Journal for Early Intervention Field
Position: Guest Reviewer
Time: 1999-2001

Journal/Textbook: Behavior Disorders, Special Issue on Measurement, Vol. 30(1)
Position: Guest Editor
Time: 2004

Journal/Textbook: Psychology in the Schools
Position: Guest Reviewer
Time: 2004

Journal/Textbook: Journal of Early Intervention
Position: Guest Reviewer
Time: 1998

Journal/Textbook: The Journal of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps
Position: Guest Reviewer
Time: 1997-1999

Journal/Textbook: Topics in Early Childhood Special Education
Position: Guest Reviewer
Time: 1997-1999

Journal/Textbook: Behavioral Disorders
Position: Guest Reviewer
Time: 1994-Present