PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology
PSY 304 - Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child
PSY 324 - Developmental Psychopathology
My current research interests primarily focus on the implementation and evaluation of interventions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). For instance, in a recent study, we implemented a self-management intervention via the iPad to improve social-communication skills for a high school student with ASD and improve independence in daily routines for another student with developmental disabilities. Another recent project evaluated outcomes for general education students (peer mentors), who provided support for high school students with ASD. In this study, we found that general education students, in particular those who were “at-risk”, showed improved GPAs, fewer behavior problems and better attendance in the semester they served as a peer support compared to their prior school semester.
I am also currently Project Faculty on the Statewide Autism Resources and Training (START) project. This project, funded by the Michigan Department of Education and headed by a colleague at GVSU, Dr. Amy Matthews, provides information, training and resources to educators and other school professionals across the state who are supporting students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
I am also one of the core faculty in the School Psychology program at GVSU, where I teach and advise students who are earning graduate degrees in the field of school psychology.
Bower Russa, M., Matthews, A. & Owen-DeSchryver, J. (Accepted). Expanding supports to improve the lives of families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.
Cale, S. I., Carr, E. G., Blakeley-Smith, A, & Owen-DeSchryver, J.S. (2009). Context-based assessment and intervention for problem behavior in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Behavior Modification, 33, 707-742.
Blakeley-Smith, A., Carr, E.G., Cale, S.I. & Owen-DeSchryver, J. (2009). Environmental fit: A model for assessing and treating problem behavior associated with curricular difficulties in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 24, 131-145
Owen-DeSchryver, J.S., Carr, E.G., Cale, S.I. & Blakeley-Smith, A. (2008). Promoting social interactions between students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their peers in inclusive school settings. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 23, 15-28.