Dr. Janet Dodd’s research focuses on multi-disciplinary assessment of children suspected of a diagnosis within the autism, therapy interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and the use of augmentative and alternative forms of communication (AAC) for children with complex communication needs. Her current research projects explore the use of classroom based social skills interventions for children with ASD and employing AAC interventions based on an immersion model. Her thesis was a comparison of a phonological process analysis in three separate speech samples, and her doctoral dissertation was a comparison of the syntactic comprehension ages of children with autism and typically developing children on theory of mind tasks.
Dr. Dodd received her B.A. in speech and hearing sciences from University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M.A. in communication disorders from California State University, Fullerton. She was awarded a Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Dr. Dodd brings more than 20 years of clinical experience to her new position having worked as a highly regarded speech-language pathologist in Irvine Unified School and Los Alamitos Unified School Districts, as well as the United Cerebral Palsy Center. She has extensive experience in collaboration, inclusive education, in-home intervention, and culturally diverse family programs. She taught graduate-level courses in communication disorders as an adjunct professor at California State University, Long Beach prior to joining Chapman University.
Dodd, J. L. (2012, in press). Adapted stories: Creating accessible stories for children with complex language problems. ASHA Division 1: Perspectives on Language Learning and Education.
Dodd, J. L., Ocampo, A., & Kennedy, K. (2011). Perspective taking through narratives: An intervention for students with ASD. Communication Disorders Quarterly.
Dodd, J. L. (2011). Creating early literacy opportunities for children with complex communication needs. In M. F. Shaughnessy & K. Kleyn (Eds.), Handbook of Early Childhood Education. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Dodd, J. L. (2011, September/October). Product review: Kimochis™. Word of Mouth. 23, 11-13. doi:10.1177/1048395011415023c
Dodd, J. L. (2011). Appendix D: Group therapy. In L. Franke & C. Durbin (authors), Coaching comprehension, creating conversation, nurturing narratives: Story based language intervention for children with language impairments that are complicated by other development disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders. Shawnee Mission, KS: AAPC Publishing.
Dodd, J. L. (2010). Thinking outside of the assessment box: Assessing social communicative functioning in students with ASD. ASHA Division 16: Perspectives on School Based Issues, 11(3).
Montgomery, J. K., Dodd, J. L., Giess, S., & Barnes, K. (2010), A 21st century communication sciences and disorders program. ASHA Division 16: Perspectives on School Base Issues, 11 (2): 66-70. doi:10.1044/sbi11.2.66
Dodd, J. L. (December, 2011). Supporting language through literacy for children with complex communication needs. Workshop presented to Speech-Language Pathologists, Assistive Technology Specialists, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants, Long Beach Unified School District..
Dodd, J. L. & Franke, L. K. (2011). More than just pragmatics: Assessing children with ASD. Workshop presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Long Beach, CA.
Dodd, J. L., Jekerle, R., & Marsden, C. (2011). Progress monitoring strategies: Children’s response to AAC intervention. Poster presentation at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Long Beach, CA.
Dodd, J. L. (February, 2011). Facilitating language through literacy for children with complex communication needs. Workshop presented at the Assistive Technology Institute, Orange County Department of Education, Orange, CA.
Dodd, J. L. & Franke, L. K. (2010). Use of mental state vocabulary in spontaneously generated stories by children with ASD. Workshop presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. Pittsburg, PA.
Franke, L. K. & Dodd, J. L. (2009). Impact of story complexity on story comprehension and retell skills of children with complicated language problems. Workshop presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Annual Convention. New Orleans, LA.