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Lisa A. Simpson, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in Special Education at San Jose State University where she teaches courses in the Education Specialist credentials and Master’s degree programs. Dr. Simpson’s research interests are in the area of autism spectrum disorders, evidence-based practices, and teacher preparation. She is currently investigating social skills interventions for students with autism requiring substantial support and social skills interventions to reduce anxiety in students with ASD. Dr. Simpson also conducts teacher training in the area of autism with international partners. She has authored several articles and made numerous presentations at the national and international level.

Dr. Simpson earned both a BS in Elementary Education-Special Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education-Emotional Disturbances from Texas Tech University. She holds a general education and special education teaching credential from Texas with endorsements in early childhood handicapped, kindergarten, and emotional disturbances. Dr. Simpson also holds California teaching credentials in Multiple Subjects and Education Specialist with added authorizations in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development. Dr. Simpson taught in K-12 public schools for many years and worked as a teacher coach before earning her Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Simpson is the faculty advisor for the student chapter of CEC at SJSU. She is also a member of the Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Early Childhood, Division of International Special Education and Services, and Teacher Education Divisions of CEC.