Dr. Juliann Woods is a Professor in the School of Communication Science, Director of the Communication and Early Childhood Research and Practice Center, the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Communication and Information and Associate Director for Research to Practice for the Autism Institute. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Northern Iowa and her Ph.D. in Special Education/Early Intervention from the University of Oregon. She has over 40 years of experience designing and implementing early intervention for children and families, developing model programs, and conducting research with young children and their families including work with families in rural, resource limited areas and with families of children with autism. Her current funded research and professional development activities focus on approaches to coaching caregivers using family guided routines based intervention (FGRBI), an approach that supports caregiver’s implementation of intervention within their preferred activities and routines throughout the day.  She is also a co-investigator for NIH-funded projects on early identification and parent-implemented interventions for young children with autism. She is currently the President Elect of the International Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, serves on the editorial review boards of five journals, directs four personnel preparation projects for speech language pathologists in the areas of early intervention and autism, and is an author of the Autism Navigator. 


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