Directory » JULIE THOMPSON
652 EDCT
845-7423
Department
Afilliations
Special Education
JULIE THOMPSON
Assistant Professor
Google Scholar Profile:
Research Interests
Academic Instruction for Students with Moderate to Severe Intellectual Disability
Applied Behavior Analysis
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Eye-Tracking
BIOGRAPHY
My research examines innovative assessments and interventions to support access and instruction in academics for individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I examine explicit instruction procedures to teach literacy skills to ethnically and linguistically diverse minimally vocal-verbal children with ASD in public school settings. I am particularly interested in instructional design, group instructional arrangements, technology-delivered literacy instruction, and gaze-behaviors of children with ASD when engaged with technology-delivered literacy instruction.
COURSES TAUGHT
EPSY630. SINGLE CASE EXPERIMENTAL DSN
2020A,2019A,2018A
EPSY685. DIRECTED STUDIES
2020C,2019C
SEFB630. PRACTICUM IN ABA
2018C,2018A,2017C,2017A,2016C
SPED618. INDUCT PROF DEV HIGH ED
2018C,2017C,2016C
SPED685. DIRECTED STUDIES
2019B,2017B,2017A

FORMER DOCTORAL STUDENTS
Christina Marie Gushanas (Summer 2020)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Books and Monographs
Travers, J. C., Tincani, M., Thompson, J. L. & Simpson, R. L. (2016). Picture exchange communication system and facilitated communication: Contrasting an evidence-based practice with a discredited method. In B.G. Cook, M. Tankersley, & T.J. Landrum (Eds.), Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities. London: Emerald Books.
Wood, A. L., Thompson, J. L., Root, J. (2016). Development of basic academic skills in childhood. In D. Zager, D. Cihak, & A. K. Stone-MacDonald (Eds.), Autism spectrum disorders: Identification, education, and treatment (4th Edition). New York, NY: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.
Journal Articles
Reutebuch, C. K., Roberts, G. J., Thompson, J. L., El Zein, F., Mize, M., Weinberg, A. N., Austin, C. R., Forbis, A., & Rodriguez, K. (2019). Reading comprehension treatment development for high school students with autism spectrum disorder: Stakeholder considerations for feasibility. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 57, 105-110. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2018.10.009 (IFSC=1.9)
Gushanas, C., & Thompson, J. L. (2018). Effect of self-monitoring on personal hygiene among individuals with developmental disabilities attending postsecondary education. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 1-11. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/2165143418781297 (IFSC=0.98)
Thompson, J. L., Plavnick, J. B., Skibbe, L. E. (2018). Eye-tracking analysis of attention to an electronic storybook for minimally verbal children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Special Education, 1-10. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/00224669187965 (IFSC=2.27)
* Skibbe, L. E., Thompson, J. L., & Plavnick, J. B. (2017). Preschoolers' visual attention during electronic storybook reading as related to different types of textual supports. Early Childhood Education Journal, 1-8. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10643-017-0876-
Thompson, J. L., Wood, C. L., Preston, A. Stevenson, B. (in press). Teaching students with autism spectrum disorder and interfering behaviors to respond in unison during small group direct instruction lessons. Education and Treatment of Children
Plavnick, J. B., Thompson, J. L., Englert, C. S., Mariage, T., & Johnson, K. (2016). Mediating access to Headsprout[174][174] early reading for children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Behavioral Education, 1-22. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s10864-015-9244-x

RESEARCH PROJECTS
Assessing individuals with Autism and Complex Communication needs via Technologically innovative response formats including Eye-Tracking and Test Administration Support Strategies
PI. Department of Health and Human Services (Federal)
2020-06-01 — 2024-05-31
Career Development in Language and Literacy Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
PI. US Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences (Federal)
2019-07-01 — 2023-06-30
Supporting Spanish-speaking families to increase emergent literacy and language of their children with autism through story-based instruction.
PI. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (State)
2019-01-01 — 2020-12-31
Catapult #5
PI. TAMU CEHD (State)
2018-11-01 — 2020-05-01
Increasing Emergent Literacy and Language Through Story-based Instruction for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are Pre-verbal
PI. US Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences (Federal)
2018-08-01 — 2021-07-31
Innovative ASD Treatment Model: Lsquared [8211] Exponentially increasing opportunities for literacy and language through comprehensive story-based reading instruction.
PI. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (State)
2018-07-01 — 2020-06-30
Innovative ASD Treatment Model: Lsquared [8211] Exponentially increasing opportunities for literacy and language through comprehensive story-based reading instruction.
PI. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (State)
2018-07-01 — 2020-06-30
Promoting Improvements in Teacher Quality Through Massively Open Online Professional Development
Co-PI (). US Department of Education (Federal)
2018-07-01 — 2021-06-30
Catapult Round 4 - Promoting Reading Comprehension and Learning with Multimodal Science Texts (PRISM) ($30,000)
Co-PI (). TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2018-01-15 — 2019-06-15
Working Towards a Testing and Assessment Protocol using Biometric Technology for Early Readers
Co-PI (). Dunn Family Foundation (Private)
2017-12-01 — 2018-11-30
Bridging Community, School, and Parent Connections for Effective Transition to School
PI. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (State)
2017-07-01 — 2019-06-30
PESCA: Technology-Delivered Emergent Literacy Assessment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
PI. TAMU Office of the Vice President for Research - PESCA (State)
2017-05-01 — 2018-04-30
Catapult Round 3 -Improving Literacy Treatment through Biometric Technology (Funded amount $30,000)
Co-PI (). TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2016-12-01 — 2018-05-31
Catapult Round 3 - Improving Quality of Life through a Culturally Responsive Lens: Developing Social-Emotional and Behavioral Supports for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students At-Risk for Emotional and Behavioral Disorders ($30,000)
Co-PI (). TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2016-12-01 — 2018-05-31

AWARDS
CEHD UG Research Initiative Award. CEHD UG Student Research Initiative (USRI) Award. (2016)
Early Career Research Excellence award EPSY. Dept Research Excellence award. (2019)