ROUGH WATERS OR SMOOTH SAILING: TRANSITIONING YOUNG CHILDREN WITH IDD TO SCHOOL
Jan Blacher, Distinguished Professor, UC Presidential Chair, Director, SEARCH Family Autism Resource Center,
Graduate School of Education, University of California Riverside
Jan Blacher received her A.B. in Psychology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and her Ph.D. in Special Education/Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently Distinguished Professor of Education and UC Presidential Chair of the Graduate School of Education, at the University of California, Riverside. She also holds a joint appointment as Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA.
Dr. Blacher is known nationally for her research on developmental disabilities, and for her expertise in autism and special educational programming. Dr. Blacher is frequently asked to appear as an Expert Witness in contested cases involving right-to-education suits for children with autism. Dr. Blacher is Consulting Editor for the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and an Editor of the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Dr. Blacher is first Past-President of Division 33 (Intellectual Disabilities and Autism) of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Blacher is the Founding Director of SEARCH, a Family Autism Resource Center established at UC Riverside. Dr. Blacher’s research, which is longitudinal in nature, focuses on the family context of children and adolescents with and without developmental disabilities, including predictors of later psychopathology. She has published on family coping in Anglo and Latino families, and is currently studying the cultural context of autism and the transition to early schooling for children with autism. Her work is funded the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). In addition to having Fellow status in three research organizations, Dr. Blacher has also been selected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).