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Michelle Dean

Assistant Professor, Special Education

Contact Information

Education

Ph.D. Special Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013
M.A. Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013
M.A. Special Education, California State University, Northridge, 2008
Mild-to-Moderate Teaching Credential Special Education, California State University, Northridge, 2008

Biography

Michelle completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment. Her research interests include the social development of children with disabilities at school, school-based intervention services for children with autism in economically disadvantaged communities, and the study of gender differences in the social behaviors of boys and girls with autism.

Michelle is a former special education teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Publications
Kasari, C., Dean, Michelle., Orlich, F., Whitney, R, Landa, R., Lord, C. & King, B. (in press). Children with ASD and social skills groups at school: Randomized trial comparing intervetnion approach and peer composition. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Dean, M. (2015). Teaching social skills in school. In Murawski, W.W.& James, K. L. (Eds.) What Really Works In Elementary Education, Research-based practical strategies for every teacher. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

Dean, M. (2015). Teaching social skills in school. In Murawski, W.W.& James, K. L. (Eds.) What Really Works In Secondary Education. Research-based practical strategies for every teacher. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
Dean, M., Kasari, C., Shih, W., Landa, R., Lord, C., Orlich, F., Harwood, R. (2014). The peer relationships of girls with ASD at school: Comparison to boys and girls with and without ASD. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55(11), 1218-1225.

Iadarola, S., Hetherington, S., Clinton, C., Dean, M., Reisinger, E., Huynh, L….Kasari, C. (2015). Services for children with autism spectrum disorder in three, large urban school districts: Perspectives of parents and educators. Autism. 19(6) 694–703. DOI: 10.1177/1362361314548078

Dean, M., Fox, G. A. & Kasari, C. (2013). How narrative difficulties build peer rejection: A case study of a girl with Asperger’s syndrome and her female peers. Discourse Studies.

Dean, M. & Symon, J. (2013). Inclusion for children with autism in preschool. In Richardson-Gibbs, A. & Klein, D. (Ed.) Supporting Young Children with Disabilities in Inclusive Early Childhood Education: Everyday Solutions for Success. Baltimore, Md: Brookes.

Representative Courses Taught

  • SPED 571 Education Specialist Student Teaching Seminar
  • SPED 581 Education Specialist Student Teaching Seminar
  • SPED 585 Education Specialist Student Teaching Seminar
  • SPED 345 Individuals with Disabilities in Society
  • SPED 530 Typical and Atypical Development

Scholarship

Keywords

Social skills, inclusion, autism, mild-to-moderate disabilities, gender differences