Ya-Chih Chang

Professor Ya-Chih Chang
Charter College of Education
Department of Special Education & Counseling
Office Location: KH C1035
Email: Ya-Chih.Chang27@calstatela.edu
 

INTRODUCTION

Dr. Ya-Chih “Jilly” Chang is an assistant professor in the Division of Special Education and Counseling at CSULA.

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TEACHING INTERESTS

Dr. Chang’s teaching interests include early childhood special education, working with families, collaboration with school personnel, and intervention in children with autism spectrum disorders.

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RESEARCH

Dr. Chang’s primary research efforts focus on intervention in young children with autism spectrum disorders. She is interested in working with families of diverse population and school personnel in implementing evidence-based practices.

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PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Selected Publications

Chang, Y.C., & Locke, J. (2016). A systematic review of peer-mediated interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders27, 1-10.

Almirall D., DiStefano, C., Chang, Y., Shire, S., Lu, X., Nahum-Shani, I., Kasari, C. (2016). Adaptive interventions and longitudinal outcomes in minimally verbal children with ASD: Role of speech-generating devices. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 1-15.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., Shih, W., Gelfand, C., & Kasari, C. (2016). Preschool Deployment of Evidence-Based Social Communication Intervention: JASPER in the Classroom. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(6), 2211-2223.

Shire, S., Chang, Y.C., Shih, W., Bracaglia, S., Kodjoe, M., & Kasari, C. (2016). Hybrid implementation model of community partnered early intervention for toddlers with autism: A randomized trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Shire, S. Y., Shih, W., Chang, Y. C., & Kasari, C. (2016). Short Play and Communication Evaluation: Teachers’ assessment of core social communication and play skills with young children with autism. Autism.

Chang, Y.C., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2015). Friendships in preschool children with ASD: What holds them back, child characteristics or teacher behavior? Autism, 1-10.

Kasari, C., & Chang, Y.C. (2014). Play development in children with autism spectrum disorders: Skills, object play and interventions. Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Development Disorders, Fourth Edition.

Selected Presentations

Chang, Y.C., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2017, April). Play skills in older minimally verbal children with ASD. Paper Session at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Austin, Texas.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2017, March). Mediation of Treatment Effect in a Teacher-Implemented Social Communication Intervention for Preschool Children with Autism: Teachers’ strategy adoption. Poster Presentation at the 50th Annual Gatlinburg Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Shih, W., Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., & Kasari, C. (2017, March). Unraveling the mechanism in social communication intervention in young children with ASD in early intervention classrooms: Measuring small but meaningful changes. Oral Presentation at the 50th Annual Gatlinburg Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Chang, Y.C. (2016, October). Teacher Implemented Evidence-Based Intervention for Preschool Children with Autism: Teacher Strategy Adoption. Poster presented at the Division of Early Childhood’s 32nd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families, Louisville, Kentucky.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., McCracken, C., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2016, May). Jumping the Hurdle: Children with ASD and symbolic play. Poster presented at the 15th Annual Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Baltimore, Maryland.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2016, March). Toddlers in Early Intervention: Engagement, Play, Joint Attention, and Language. Poster presentation at the 49th Annual Gatlinburg Conference, San Diego, California.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2016, January). Teacher Implemented Evidence-Based Intervention in Urban Preschool Settings: Play as a Context for Learning! Poster presentation at the 17th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability, & Developmental Disabilities. Honolulu, Hawaii.

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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

2012        Ph.D., Education, University of California, Los Angeles
2009        M.A., Education, University of California, Los Angeles
2005        B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

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