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Betty Williams

Betty Williams

Professor
300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: (509) 777-4688
Fax: (509) 777-3785
Office Location: Dixon Hall 310
E-mail: bwilliams@whitworth.edu

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Education:
Ph.D. University of Kansas
M.A., B.A. Western Michigan University

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty:  1998

Areas of Specialization / Expertise:
Autism spectrum disorder, special education; early childhood special education; severe and multiple disabilities; direct instruction; applied behavior analysis; child development; behavior disorders; prenatal drug and alcohol exposure

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors:

Serving as the Whitworth Edward B. Lindaman Chair, 2007-2010. 

Co-author of Effective Model Programs for the Treatmenting of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Applied Behavior Analysis Models (2010), New York: Routledge Publishing. Co-author of Very Young Children At-Risk and with Disabilities: A Formative Approach for Today's Children (2009), 4th Ed. Macmillan Publishing Company.

Presentations include: co-presented, "The Effects of a Social Story on Rate of Talk-Out Behavior for a 12-Year-Old Boy with Autism," at the annual Autism Conference, Washington, D.C., (2011); co-presented, "The Effect of Augmentative Communication on Appropriate Communication in Preschool Children with Disabilities," at the Council for Exceptional Children, National Harbor, Md. (2011); co-presented, "Differential Reinforcement of a Replacement Behavior to Reduce Aggression of an Adolescent with Severe Autism," at the Geneva International Symposium, Toronto, Canada (2010); co-presented, "Differential Reinforcement of a Replacement Behavior to Reduce Aggression of an Adolescent with Severe Autism," and "The Effect of Augmentative Communication on Appropriate Communication in Preschool Children with Disabilities," at the International Association for Behavior Analysis, San Antonio, Texas (2010); co-presented, "Spectrum-Agents: Decision Support For Autism Spectrum Disorder," at the Proceedings of International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain (2010).

Received a Special Recognition Award for service to the Spokane Guilds' School (2006); received the 2004 Excellence in Teacher Preparation Award from the Washington State Board of Education. Helped draft the Spokane Guilds' School's successful application for a $500,000 appropriations bill for research on serving infants and toddlers with disabilities. The result of this project was a new text Williams edited entitled Directions in Early Intervention and Assessment (in press).

Book chapters include: co-author, "Biological and genetic factors in human development," in Handbook of Psychosocial Characteristics of Exceptional Children (1999). Journal articles include: "Suggested behaviorial interventions in the classroom to assist students prenatally exposed to drugs" in Behavioral Interventions (1998).

Member of Committee to Revise Special Education Endorsement and Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction,(2007); coordinator, Special Education Program (1998-present); co-chair, sub-committee on Standard 6 Governance for NWCCU (2006-present).

Established and oversees the School of Education's Host Family Project, which pairs education students with families who have children with disabilities. The project was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a best practice for teacher preparation.

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