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Curriculum Vitae: 

Speech & Hearing Sciences
University of Washington

Research Areas: 


Research Assistant Professor
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania (2013)
PhD Education, University of California, Los Angeles (2010)
MA Education, University of California, Los Angeles (2007)
BA, Psychology, Education (minor) University of California, Los Angeles (2005)
Academic Expertise: 
Presentation of social impairment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in real-world settings
Identification of best practices for children with ASD
Understanding the successful implementation and sustainment of evidence-based interventions for children with ASD in public school settings
Honors & Awards: 
2014 National Institute of Mental Health Early Career Development Award
2013 FARFund Foundation Early Career Award
2013 Autism Science Foundation Early Career Award

Jill Locke, PhD, joined the Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty as a Research Assistant Professor in 2015. She completed her doctoral training in Educational Psychology at UCLA in 2010 and her postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. 

Dr. Locke’s research has focused on the implementation and sustainment of a social engagement intervention for children with ASD in school settings. Her research has highlighted the importance of the context in the successful implementation of evidence-based interventions and laid the foundation for her current work. She is now the principal investigator on a NIMH Career Development Award that uses quantitative and qualitative methods to examine individual- and organizational-level factors (i.e., culture, climate, and leadership) as predictors of implementation of an autism evidence-based intervention in public schools. The goal of this study is to develop a school-level implementation intervention to support schools in their use and sustainment of autism evidence-based interventions. Her experiences have emphasized the importance of collaborating with public schools and the reality of working within the constraints of publicly funded systems, their timeline (e.g. school calendar year), and with their personnel.

Recent Publications
Pebbles, rocks, and boulders: The implementation of a school-based social engagement intervention for children with autism. (2017 Nov) Autism 21(8): 985-994 Locke J, Wolk CB, Harker C, Olsen A, Shingledecker T, Barg F, Mandell D, Beidas R

Brief Report: Examining Executive and Social Functioning in Elementary-Aged Children with Autism. (2017 Jun) J Autism Dev Disord 47(6): 1890-1895 Freeman LM, Locke J, Rotheram-Fuller E, Mandell D

Ethnic Disparities in School-Based Behavioral Health Service Use for Children With Psychiatric Disorders. (2017 Jan) J Sch Health 87(1): 47-54 Locke J, Kang-Yi CD, Pellecchia M, Marcus S, Hadley T, Mandell DS

Decline in Medicaid-Funded One-to-One Behavioral Support Use in School as Children Age. (2016 Sep) School Ment Health 8(3): 344-353 Kang-Yi CD, Locke J, Pellecchia M, Marcus SC, Hadley T, Mansell DS

A systematic review of peer-mediated interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder. (2016 Jul) Res Autism Spectr Disord 27(): 1-10 Chang YC, Locke J