Jessica R. Dykstra Steinbrenner

Jessica R. Dykstra Steinbrenner
Research Scientist
919.962.3982
919.966.1786
Sheryl-Mar North, Room 145
Campus Box 8040
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040

Dr. Jessica Dykstra Steinbrenner, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a research scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences and a certified speech-language pathologist. Her research interests are in the area of autism spectrum disorders with a focus on school-based interventions and individuals on the spectrum with significant communication needs. She is also interested in observational measurement, and has worked to adapt and use observational coding systems for social-communication and engagement.

Dr. Steinbrenner is currently working for the Center on Secondary Education for Students with ASD (CSESA), a large multisite grant developing and evaluating a comprehensive intervention program for high school students on the autism spectrum. She previously served as principal investigator on an applied research grant funded by the Organization for Autism Research titled “Improving Social-Communication and Engagement of Elementary Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Adapting a Preschool Intervention for Elementary School Classrooms”.

Prior to returning for her research degree, Dr. Steinbrenner worked as a speech-language pathologist with elementary and middle school children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has over 10 years of experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum.

Areas of Expertise:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Language and Communication
Intervention
Evidence-Based Practices
Education:
• PhD, Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
• MS, Speech-Language Pathology, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
• BS, Communicative Disorders, University of Wisconsin - Madison