JENNIFER GANZ
Professor of Special Education, Educational Psychology
Office#: 637G Harrington Office Building
Mail Stop: 4225
Office Phone: (979) 862-2823
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Other Title: Affiliated Faculty, Center on Disability and Devel
Directory Title: Professor of Special Education
Primary Emphasis Area: Special Education
Vita: View Document
Web Site: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=RBO_UcwA
Short Bio
Dr. Ganz is a Professor of Special Education at Texas A&M. She received her doctorate at the University of Kansas, with a concentration in autism spectrum disorders and behavioral disorders and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her research focuses on the use of technology to improve social-communication deficits in people with autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities. Ganz has worked in general and special education and an educational consultant and continues to consult and present in Texas to schools and parents on topics relating to autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. She has also been a speaker at regional, national, and international conferences on topics including interventions for behavior and autism spectrum disorders, including strategies to address social and communication skills. Ganz has received several grants to fund research and service projects involving students with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities, and a personnel preparation project for professionals working with children with disabilities. In addition, Dr. Ganz has authored or co-authored numerous articles, books, and chapters.

ORCID: 0000-0002-2080-102X
Graduate Student Opportunities
Dr. Ganz is accepting new Ph.D. students whose research interests match well. Funding opportunities are available. Potential students should contact Dr. Ganz to discuss: jeniganz@tamu.edu
Dr. Ganz occasionally has graduate assistantships or research team openings for Master's students. Potential students should contact Dr. Ganz to discuss: jeniganz@tamu.edu
Books
Ganz, J. B. (2014). Aided augmentative and alternative communication for people with ASD. In J. Matson (series ed.), Autism and Child Psychopathology Series. New York, NY: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-0814-1
Earles-Vollrath, T. L., Cook, K. T., & Ganz, J. B., (2006). How to develop and implement visual supports. In R. L. Simpson (series editor), PRO-ED series on autism spectrum disorders. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, Inc.
Ganz, J. B., Cook, K. T., & Earles-Vollrath, T. L. (2006). How to write and implement social scripts. In R. L. Simpson (series editor), PRO-ED series on autism spectrum disorders. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, Inc.
Simpson, R. L., deBoer-Ott, S., Griswold, D., Myles, B. S., Byrd, S., Ganz, J. B., Cook, K. E., Otten, K., Ben-Arieh, J., Kline, S. A., & Adams, L. (2005). Autism spectrum disorders: Interventions and treatments for children and youth. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Book Chapters
Mason, R. A., Ganz, J. B., & Crutchfield, S. (2016). Social skills and social interaction supports and intervention methods. In D. Zager, M. L. Wehmeyer, & R. L. Simpson, Evidence-based principles and practices for educating students with autism. (pp. 121-138). New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis.
Reichle, J., Ganz, J. B., Drager, K., & Parker-McGowan, Q. (2016). Augmentative and alternative communication applications for persons with ASD and complex communication needs (pp. 179-213). In D. Keen, H. Meadan, N. C. Brady, & J. W. Halle (Eds.), Prelinguistic and minimally verbal communicators on the autism spectrum. Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-0713-2_9
Simpson, R. L., & Ganz, J. B., (2012). The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) (pp. 255-280). In P. Prelock & R. McCauley (Eds.), Treatment of autism spectrum disorders: Evidence-based intervention strategies for communication & social interaction. Baltimore: Paul H Brookes Publishing.
Simpson, R. L., Ganz, J. B., & Mason, R.A. (2012). Social skills interventions and programming for learners with autism spectrum disorders. In (D. Zager, M. L. Wehmeyer, & R. L. Simpson, Eds.), Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research-Based Principles and Practices. New York: Routledge.
Simpson, R. L., Myles, B. S., & Ganz, J. B. (2008). Efficacious interventions and treatments for learners with autism spectrum disorders. (pp. 477-512). In R. L. Simpson & B. S. Myles (eds.), Educating children and youth with autism: Strategies for effective practice (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, Inc.
Research Interests
Augmentative and alternative communication
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities
Communication and social skills interventions
Single-case experimental research & applied behavior analysis
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Hong, E. R., Ganz, J. B., Neely, L., Boles, M., Gerow, S., Davis, J. L. (2016). A meta-analytic review of family implemented social and communication interventions for individuals with developmental disabilities. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 3, 125-136. doi: 10.1007/s40489-016-0071-3

2. Hong, E. R., Ganz, J. B., Neely, L., Gerow, S., & Ninci, J. (2016). A review of the quality of primary caregiver-implemented communication intervention research for children with ASD. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 25, 122-136. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2016.02.005 *

3. Reichle, J., Ganz, J. B., Drager, K., & Parker-McGowan, Q. (2016). Augmentative and alternative communication applications for persons with ASD and complex communication needs (pp. 179-213). In D. Keen, H. Meadan, N. C. Brady, & J. W. Halle (Eds.), Prelinguistic and minimally verbal communicators on the autism spectrum. Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-10-0713-2_9

4. Camargo, S. P. H., Rispoli, M. R., Ganz, J. B., Hong, E. R., & Davis, H., Mason, R. (2016). Behaviorally-based interventions for teaching social interaction skills to children with ASD in inclusive settings: A meta-analysis. Journal of Behavioral Education, 25, 223-248. doi: 10.1007/s10864-015-9240-1

5. Neely, L., Ganz, J. B., Davis, J., Boles, M., Hong, E. R., Ninci, J., & Gilliland, W. (2016). Generalization and maintenance of functional living skills for individuals with autism spectrum disorder: A review and meta-analysis. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 3, 37-47. doi: 10.1007/s40489-015-0064-7

6. Mason, R. A., Ganz, J. B., & Crutchfield, S. (2016). Social skills and social interaction supports and intervention methods. In D. Zager, M. L. Wehmeyer, & R. L. Simpson, Evidence-based principles and practices for educating students with autism. (pp. 121-138). New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis.

7. Hong, E. R., Ganz, J. B., Mason, R., Morin, K., Davis, J., Ninci, J., Neely, L., Boles, M.B., & Gilliland, W. (2016). The effects of video modeling in teaching functional living skills to persons with ASD: A meta-analysis of single-case studies. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 57, 158-169. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2016.07.001 *

8. Hong, E. R., Ganz, J. B., Mason, R., Morin, K., Davis, J., Ninci, J., Neely, L., Boles, M.B., & Gilliland, W. (2016). The effects of video modeling in teaching functional living skills to persons with ASD: A meta-analysis of single-case studies. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 57, 158-169. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2016.07.001

9. Ganz, J. B. (2015). AAC interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders: State of the science and future research directions. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 31(3), 203-214. doi:10.3109/07434618.2015.1047532

10. Heath, A. K., Ganz, J. B., Parker, R., Burke, M., & *Ninci, J. (2015). A meta-analytic review of functional communication training across mode of communication, age, and disability. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 2, 155-166 *

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

Bridging Community, School, and Parent Connections for Effective Transition to School. (Co-PI)
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (State)
2017/07/01 - 2019/06/30
Total Funding: 450,668.

Catapult Round 3 - Linking Metabolic Phenotype to Mood and Neurocognitive Functions in Autism Spectrum Disorder (Funded amount $30,000). (Co-PI)
TAMU College of Education & Human Development (State)
2016/12/01 - 2018/05/31
Total Funding: 0.

Autism Grant-Teacher Paraprofessional Training. (PI)
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (State)
2016/08/01 - 2018/06/30
Total Funding: 465,548.

Autism Grant Program: Parent-directed Treatment & Board-certified Behavior Analyst Training for Teachers/Paraprofessionals. (PI)
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (State)
2016/07/19 - 2018/06/30
Total Funding: 498,599.

Texas A&M University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. (Co-I)
DHHS-Administration for Children & Families (Federal)
2015/07/01 - 2020/06/30
Total Funding: 2,733,875.

Preparation of Leaders Across the Lifespan for Autism. (PI)
US Department of Education (Federal)
2011/10/01 - 2018/09/30
Total Funding: 1,250,000.
Graduate Student Opportunities
Dr. Ganz is accepting new Ph.D. students whose research interests match well. Funding opportunities are available. Potential students should contact Dr. Ganz to discuss: jeniganz@tamu.edu
Dr. Ganz occasionally has graduate assistantships or research team openings for Master's students. Potential students should contact Dr. Ganz to discuss: jeniganz@tamu.edu
Courses Taught at TAMU
Applied Behavior Management (SEFB 618)
Dissertation Supervision (EPSY 691)
Educating Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (SPED 609)
Ethical and Professional Conduct in Special Education and Behavior Analysis (SPED 602)
Meta-Analysis in Single-Case Research (SPED 689)
Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis (SEFB 630)
Research Supervision (EPSY 685)
Special Education Law (SPED 612)
Previous Graduate Courses Taught
Applied Behavior Management
Educating Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Meta-Analysis in Single-Case Research (Special Topics)
Ethical and Professional Conduct in SPED and ABA
Special Education Law
Curriculum & Instructional Applications for Children & Youth in Special Education (UTSA)
Exceptional Children and Youth in the Schools (UTSA)
Language Development and Cognitive Interventions for Exceptional Children (UTSA)
Seminar on Current and Critical Issues in Special Education (UTSA)
Previous Undergraduate Courses Taught (UTSA)
Behavior Management of Exceptional Children
Functional Curriculum for Students with Exceptionalities
Introduction to Exceptionality
Language and Cognitive Development and Dysfunction
Studies in Exceptionality
Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Courtney E. Alison (Summer, 2010), Ph.D.
Lisa Katherine Barrios (Summer, 2010), Ph.D.
Nicole Estelle Dyer (Summer, 2010), Ph.D.
Amy Heath (Spring, 2012), Ph.D.
Rose Ann Mason (Spring, 2012), Ph.D.
Siglia Camargo (Fall, 2012), Ph.D.
Eerea Hong (Summer, 2015), Ph.D.
Margot Breanne Boles (Fall, 2015), Ph.D.
Kristi Morin (Summer, 2017), Ph.D.
Professional Organizations/Positions
Representative (2017-), Higher Education Consortium for Special Education
Advisory Board Member (2015-), Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research of DHHS)
Principal Panel Member/Rotating Panel Member (2010-), Special Education Panel (Temporary service on the NCSER Research Training [2016] and the Social Behavioral Panels [2012, 2013]), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
Editorial Positions

Editorial Board Member (2015 - ). Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Editorial Board Member (2015 - ). Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities

Assoc Editor (2015 - ). Research in Developmental Disabilities

Editorial Board Member (2012 - ). Remedial and Special Education

Assoc Editor (2008 - ). Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Graduate Student Opportunities
Dr. Ganz is accepting new Ph.D. students whose research interests match well. Funding opportunities are available. Potential students should contact Dr. Ganz to discuss: jeniganz@tamu.edu
Dr. Ganz occasionally has graduate assistantships or research team openings for Master's students. Potential students should contact Dr. Ganz to discuss: jeniganz@tamu.edu
Awards

(2016). Extraordinary Service Award.  College of Education and Human Development, Dean's Development Council

(2011-2013). William and Sadie Stromberg Faculty Fellow.  CEHD, Texas A&M University

(2009). Big 12 Faculty Fellowship. 

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