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Jay Ganz, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Professor of Special Education, Educational Psychology
Office#: 637G Harrington Office Building
Mail Stop: 4225
Office Phone: Not provided
E-mail:
Other Title: Project Director, Principal Investigator
Directory Title: Professor of Special Education
Primary Emphasis Area: Special Education
Vita: View Document
Web Site: http://autism.tamu.edu/
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Office Hours
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Tuesday     by appt
Wednesday     by appt
Thursday     by appt
Friday     by appt
Short Bio
Dr. Ganz is a Professor of Special Education at Texas A&M. They received their doctorate at the University of Kansas, with a concentration in autism spectrum disorder and behavioral disorders and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Their research focuses on the use of technology to improve social-communication deficits in people with autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Ganz has worked in general and special education and an educational consultant and continues to consult and present in Texas to schools and parents on topics relating to autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. They have also been a speaker at regional, national, and international conferences on topics including interventions for behavior and autism spectrum disorder, including strategies to address social and communication skills. Dr. Ganz has received several grants to fund research and service projects involving students with autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disabilities, and a personnel preparation project for professionals working with children with disabilities. In addition, they have authored or co-authored numerous articles, books, and chapters.

ORCID: 0000-0002-2080-102X

Principal Investigator, Meta-analysis of Variables Related to Instruction in Augmentative and Alternative Communication Implementation. Funded by: Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Special Education Research, Technology for Special Education
Project Director, Coach to Communicate (C2C): autism.tamu.edu
Project Director, Preparing Researchers, Educators, and Parents (PREP): Tools for Autism and Behavior

Preferred pronouns: they/them/their(s)

Schedule a meeting: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/selfsched?sstoken=UUNIaFlMaDRMaGJ1fGRlZmF1bHR8ZmRhY2ZlNGEyNjNlOGYyYTE4NDUwZTU2ODc0OTZhODA
Research Interests
Applied Behavior Analysis
Augmentative and alternative communication
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities
Communication and social skills interventions
Single-case experimental research and meta-analysis
Appts and Mtgs
To schedule a meeting with Dr. Ganz:
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/selfsched?sstoken=UUNIaFlMaDRMaGJ1fGRlZmF1bHR8ZmRhY2ZlNGEyNjNlOGYyYTE4NDUwZTU2ODc0OTZhODA
Graduate Student Opportunities
Dr. Ganz occasionally has graduate assistantships or research team openings for Master's or undergraduate students. Potential students should contact Dr. Ganz to discuss: jayganz@tamu.edu
Dr. Ganz is accepting new Ph.D. students whose research interests match well (e.g., communication interventions, autism or developmental disabilities). They are particularly interested in mentoring students from underserved populations, first generation college graduates, and bilingual individuals. Funding opportunities are available. Potential students should contact Dr. Ganz to discuss: jayganz@tamu.edu. The best time to discuss possible entry into the doctoral program is October-February.
Books
Ganz, J. B., & Simpson, R. L. (Eds.). (2019). Interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and complex communication needs. In D. R. Beukelman & J. Light (series eds.), Augmentative and alternative communication series. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing.
Ganz, J. B. (2014). Aided augmentative and alternative communication for people with ASD. In J. Matson (series ed.), Autism and Child Psychopathology Series. New York, NY: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-0814-1
Earles-Vollrath, T. L., Cook, K. T., & Ganz, J. B., (2006). How to develop and implement visual supports. In R. L. Simpson (series editor), PRO-ED series on autism spectrum disorders. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, Inc.
Ganz, J. B., Cook, K. T., & Earles-Vollrath, T. L. (2006). How to write and implement social scripts. In R. L. Simpson (series editor), PRO-ED series on autism spectrum disorders. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, Inc.
Simpson, R. L., deBoer-Ott, S., Griswold, D., Myles, B. S., Byrd, S., Ganz, J. B., Cook, K. E., Otten, K., Ben-Arieh, J., Kline, S. A., & Adams, L. (2005). Autism spectrum disorders: Interventions and treatments for children and youth. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Book Chapters
Ganz, J. B., & Simpson, R. L. (in press). Conclusions and future research directions. In J. B. Ganz, & R. L. Simpson (Eds.), Interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and complex communication needs (working title). In D. R. Beukelman & J. Light (series eds.), Augmentative and alternative communication series. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing.
Ganz, J. B., Hong, E. R., & Liao, C. (in press). Overview of evidence-based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and complex communication needs. In J. B. Ganz, & R. L. Simpson (Eds.), Interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and complex communication needs (working title). In D. R. Beukelman & J. Light (series eds.), Augmentative and alternative communication series. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing.
Mason, R. A., Ganz, J. B., & Crutchfield, S. (2016). Social skills and social interaction supports and intervention methods. In D. Zager, M. L. Wehmeyer, & R. L. Simpson, Evidence-based principles and practices for educating students with autism. (pp. 121-138). New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis.
Reichle, J., Ganz, J. B., Drager, K., & Parker-McGowan, Q. (2016). Augmentative and alternative communication applications for persons with ASD and complex communication needs (pp. 179-213). In D. Keen, H. Meadan, N. C. Brady, & J. W. Halle (Eds.), Prelinguistic and minimally verbal communicators on the autism spectrum. Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-0713-2_9
Simpson, R. L., & Ganz, J. B., (2012). The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) (pp. 255-280). In P. Prelock & R. McCauley (Eds.), Treatment of autism spectrum disorders: Evidence-based intervention strategies for communication & social interaction. Baltimore: Paul H Brookes Publishing.
Simpson, R. L., Ganz, J. B., & Mason, R.A. (2012). Social skills interventions and programming for learners with autism spectrum disorders. In (D. Zager, M. L. Wehmeyer, & R. L. Simpson, Eds.), Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research-Based Principles and Practices. New York: Routledge.
Simpson, R. L., Myles, B. S., & Ganz, J. B. (2008). Efficacious interventions and treatments for learners with autism spectrum disorders. (pp. 477-512). In R. L. Simpson & B. S. Myles (eds.), Educating children and youth with autism: Strategies for effective practice (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, Inc.
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Morin, K., Ganz, J. B., Vannest, K. J., Haas, A., Nagro, S. A., Peltier, C., Fuller, M., & Ura, S. (2019). A systematic review of single-case research on video analysis as professional development for special educators. Journal of Special Education, 53(1), 3-14. doi: 10.1177/0022466918798361

2. Hong, E. R., Morin, K., Ganz, J. B., Genc-Tosun, D., Gregori, E., Svenkerud-Hale, N., & Boles, M. (2019). Caregiver-implemented augmentative and alternative communication for an adult with complex communication needs: A case study. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 26(1), 1-12.

3. Hong, E. R., Ganz, J. B., Wattanawongwan, S., & Ura, S. (2019). Communication and expression. In B. A. Jimenez, J. C. Shurr, & E. C. Bouck (eds.), Evidence-based practices and instructional information for students with intellectual disability and autism, Book 3: Essential Skills and Frameworks (pp. 5-31). Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children.

4. Morin, K., Nagro, S. A., Artis, J., Haas, A., Vannest, K. J., & Ganz, J. B. (2019). Differential effects of video analysis for special educators related to intervention characteristics, dependent variables, and student outcomes: A meta-analysis of single-case research. Journal of Special Education Technology. doi: 10.1177/0162643419890250

5. Boles, M., Ganz, J. B., Hagan-Burke, S., Hong, E. R., Neely, L. C., Davis, J., & Zhang, D. (2019). Effective interventions in teaching employment skills to individuals with developmental disabilities: A single-case meta-analysis. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 6(2), 200-215. doi: 10.1007/s40489-019-00163-0

6. Reichle, J., Simacek, J., Wattanawongwan, S., & Ganz, J. B. (2019). Implementing aided augmentative communication systems with persons having complex communicative needs. Behavior Modification, 43(6), 841-878. doi: 10.1177/0145445519858272

7. Ganz, J. B., & Simpson, R. L. (Eds.). (2019). Interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and complex communication needs. In D. R. Beukelman & J. Light (series eds.), Augmentative and alternative communication series. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-68125-229-2

8. Ganz, J. B., Hong, E. R., Leuthold, E., & Yllades, V. (2019). Naturalistic aided augmentative and alternative communication instruction: A tool for practitioners and individuals with autism. Intervention in School and Clinic, 55(1), 58-64. doi: 10.1177/1053451219833012

9. Hawkins, J., Crim, C., Kennedy, K., & Ganz, J. B. (2019). The power of peers: Setting a course for 21st century skills in inclusive classrooms. In J. O[48]19Connor (ed.), Cultivating inclusive practices in contemporary K-12 education (pp. 66-89). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

10. Morin, K., Vannest, K. J., Hong, E. R., Haas, A., Nagro, S. A., Ganz, J. B., & Lavadia, C. (2019). Using telehealth to train parents in video analysis procedures. Journal of Behavioral Education.

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

Meta-Analyses of Variables Related to Instruction in Augmentative and Alternative Communication Implementation. (PI)
US Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences (Federal)
2018/09/01 - 2020/08/31
Total Funding: 600,000.
Graduate Student Opportunities
Dr. Ganz is accepting new Ph.D. students whose research interests match well (e.g., communication interventions, autism or developmental disabilities). They are particularly interested in mentoring students from underserved populations, first generation college graduates, and bilingual individuals. Funding opportunities are available. Potential students should contact Dr. Ganz to discuss: jayganz@tamu.edu. The best time to discuss possible entry into the doctoral program is October-February.
Dr. Ganz occasionally has graduate assistantships or research team openings for Master's students. Potential students should contact Dr. Ganz to discuss: jeniganz@tamu.edu
Courses Taught at TAMU
Applied Behavior Management (SEFB 618)
Dissertation Supervision (EPSY 691)
Educating Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (SPED 609)
Ethical and Professional Conduct in Special Education and Behavior Analysis (SPED 602)
Meta-Analysis in Single-Case Research (SPED 689)
Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (SEFB 630)
Research Supervision (EPSY 685)
Special Education Law (SPED 612)
Previous Graduate Courses Taught
Applied Behavior Management
Educating Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Meta-Analysis in Single-Case Research (Special Topics)
Ethical and Professional Conduct in SPED and ABA
Special Education Law
Curriculum & Instructional Applications for Children & Youth in Special Education (UTSA)
Exceptional Children and Youth in the Schools (UTSA)
Language Development and Cognitive Interventions for Exceptional Children (UTSA)
Seminar on Current and Critical Issues in Special Education (UTSA)
Previous Undergraduate Courses Taught (UTSA)
Behavior Management of Exceptional Children
Functional Curriculum for Students with Exceptionalities
Introduction to Exceptionality
Language and Cognitive Development and Dysfunction
Studies in Exceptionality
Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Courtney E. Alison (Summer, 2010), Ph.D.
Lisa Katherine Barrios (Summer, 2010), Ph.D.
Nicole Estelle Dyer (Summer, 2010), Ph.D.
Amy Heath (Spring, 2012), Ph.D.
Rose Ann Mason (Spring, 2012), Ph.D.
Siglia Camargo (Fall, 2012), Ph.D.
Eerea Hong (Summer, 2015), Ph.D.
Margot Breanne Boles (Fall, 2015), Ph.D.
Kristi Morin (Summer, 2017), Ph.D.
Ching - Yi Liao (Summer, 2019), Ph.D.
Professional Organizations/Positions
Representative (2017-2019), Higher Education Consortium for Special Education
Advisory Board Member (2015-), Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research of DHHS)
Principal Panel Member/Rotating Panel Member (2010-), Special Education Panel (Temporary service on the NCSER Research Training [2016] and the Social Behavioral Panels [2012, 2013]), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
Editorial Positions

Associate Editor (2015 - ). Research in Developmental Disabilities

Associate Editor (2008 - ). Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Graduate Student Opportunities
Dr. Ganz is accepting new Ph.D. students whose research interests match well. Funding opportunities are available. Potential students should contact Dr. Ganz to discuss: jeniganz@tamu.edu
Dr. Ganz occasionally has graduate assistantships or research team openings for Master's students. Potential students should contact Dr. Ganz to discuss: jeniganz@tamu.edu
Awards

(2019). Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Award.  Faculty Mentoring award

(2016). Extraordinary Service Award.  College of Education and Human Development, Dean's Development Council

(2011-2013). William and Sadie Stromberg Faculty Fellow.  CEHD, Texas A&M University

(2009). Big 12 Faculty Fellowship. 

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