Jennifer Ledford, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Special Education
Overview of Interests
Dr. Ledford's research program is centered around the concepts of observational learning and social reinforcement, and is primarily concerned with improving academic and non-academic outcomes for young children with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities. Her research occurs primarily in the context of typical school settings (classroom and non-classroom locations) and has focused on the acquisition of discrete academic skills, improvement of peer-related pro-social skills (e.g., sharing), and increasing physical activity. Recent and current research projects have focused on (1) the use of academic small group instruction as a context for teaching social skills; and (2) teacher-implemented playground interventions to increase physical activity, engagement, social behaviors.