Ya-Chih Chang, Ph.D.

Ya-Chih Chang
College of Education
Department of Special Education & Counseling
Office Location: KH A2042
Email: ychang27@calstatela.edu
 

Ya-Chih “Jilly” Chang, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and Counseling at California State University, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on social communication interventions with young children with autism and other developmental disabilities, implementation of evidence-based interventions for young children with disabilities in inclusive settings, and community-partnered interventions for culturally and linguistically diverse children and families.

Dr. Chang is also the Principal Investigator of Project PISCES (Partners in Improving Social Communication in Early Childhood Special Education) funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (2019-2023). The focus of Project PISCES is to emphasize collaboration and interdisciplinary approaches between the field of ABA and ECSE to increase social communication skills and decrease challenging behaviors in young children with significant social communication delays, including children with autism. 

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Selected Publications

Chang, Y.C., Avila, M., & Rodriguez, H. (2022). Beyond the Dotted Line: Empowering parent participation in culturally and linguistically diverse families. Teaching Exceptional Children. DOI: 10.1177/00400599221099868

Chang, Y.C., & Dean, M. (2022). Friendship Interventions and Measurements in Children with ASD: A systematic review. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. DOI: 10.1016/j.rasd.2022.101947

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2022). Brief Report: An Exploratory Study of Young Dual Language Learners with Autism in a School-Based Intervention. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-022-05765-y

Drescher, T., & Chang, Y.C. (2022). Benefits of Collaborative Teaching Models in Teacher Education Programs: Sharing disability knowledge and promoting inclusion. Teacher Development, 26(2), 151-165. DOI: 10.1080/13664530.2022.2032299

Seng, G.J., Chiu, Y.N., Tsai, W.C., Lin, H.Y., Li, S.C., Hsiao, M.N., Liu, T.J., Chen, H.M., Shih, A., Chang, Y.C., WHO CST Team, & Soong, W.T. (2022). Promotion and Implementation Effectiveness of World Health Organization’s Caregiver Skills Training Program in Taiwan. Frontiers in Psychiatry. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.904380

Dean, M., & Chang, Y.C. (2021). A Systematic Review of School-Based Social Skills Interventions and Observed Social Outcomes for Students with ASD in Inclusive Settings. Autism, 25(7), 1828-1843. DOI: 10.1177%2F13623613211012886

Shire, S., & Chang, Y.C. (2021). Coaching Supports for Early Interventionists: Enhancing Responsive Interactions for Social-Emotional Development of Children with Autism. Young Exceptional Children. DOI: 10.1177/10962506211028584

Shih, W., Shire, S. Y., Chang, Y. C., & Kasari, C. (2021). Joint engagement is a potential mechanism leading to increased initiations of joint attention and downstream effects on language: JASPER early intervention for children with ASD. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 62(10), 1228-1235. DOI:10.1111/jcpp.13405

Chang, Y.C., Menzies, H., & Osipova, A. (2020). Reading Comprehension Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Reading Teacher, 74(3), 255-264. DOI:10.1002/trtr.1929.

Chang, Y. C., & Shire, S. (2019). Promoting Play in Early Childhood Programs for Children With ASD: Strategies for Educators and Practitioners. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 52(2), 66-76. DOI: 10.1177/0040059919874305

Shire, S. Y., Shih, W., Chang, Y. C., Bracaglia, S., Kodjoe, M., & Kasari, C. (2019). Sustained Community Implementation of JASPER Intervention with Toddlers with Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49(5), 1863-1875. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-018-03875-0

Saeki, E., Chang, Y.C., & Osipova, A. (2018). Parental involvement across the globe. School Psychology International, Online Special Issue, 1-24. Available online at http://journals.sagepub.com/page/spi/collections/special-issues/index

Chang, Y. C., Shih, W., Landa, R., Kaiser, A., & Kasari, C. (2017). Symbolic play in school-aged minimally-verbal children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(5), 1436-1445.

Chang, Y. C., Kamei-Hannan, C., O’Connor, K., & Toelle, N. (2017). Consultation and Collaboration. In C. Holbrook, C. Kamei-Hannan, & T. McCarthy (Eds). Foundations of Education (pp.386-399). New York, NY: AFB Press.

Chang, Y.C., & Locke, J. (2016). A systematic review of peer-mediated interventions for children with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 27, 1-10.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., Shih, W., Gelfand, C., & Kasari, C. (2016). Preschool Deployment of Evidence-Based Social Communication Intervention: JASPER in the Classroom. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(6), 2211-2223.

Shire, S., Chang, Y.C., Shih, W., Bracaglia, S., Kodjoe, M., & Kasari, C. (2016). Hybrid implementation model of community partnered early intervention for toddlers with autism: A randomized trial. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58(5), 612-622.

Shire, S. Y., Shih, W., Chang, Y. C., & Kasari, C. (2016). Short Play and Communication Evaluation: Teachers’ assessment of core social communication and play skills with young children with autism. Autism, 22(3), 299-310.

Chang, Y.C., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2015). Friendships in preschool children with ASD: What holds them back, child characteristics or teacher behavior? Autism, 1-10.

 

Selected Presentations

Chang, Y.C., & Drescher, T. (2022, November). Strengthening the “Bridge” for Additional Demands: Preparing ECSE Teachers in Under-Resourced Classrooms. Conversation Tables at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children in Richmond, Virginia.

Chang, Y.C., & Osipova, A. (2022, September). Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Early Literacy Instruction for Diverse Young Learners. Poster presentation at the International Society for Early Intervention in Chicago, Illinois.

Chang, Y.C., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2022, May). Social Engagement in Children with ASD in Inclusive Urban Classrooms. Poster presentation at the 21st Annual International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Conference in Austin, Texas.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2022, April). Improving Developmental Play in Young Children with Autism. Poster presentation at the SRCD 2022 Special Topic Meeting: Learning through Play and Imagination: Expanding Perspectives, St. Louis, Missouri.

Chang, Y.C., Avila, M., & Rodriguez, H. (2022, January). Making Key Connections: Supporting Novice Teachers in Urban Communities. Poster Presentation at the 2022 CEC Convention and Expo, Orlando, Florida.

Chang, Y.C., & Hunt, N. (2022, January). Resilience in Challenging Times: Building Support Systems for Early Childhood Special Education Preservice Teachers. Poster Presentation at the 2022 CEC Convention and Expo, Orlando, Florida.

Chang, Y.C., & Avila, M. (2021, September). LMNOP: Leadership, Mentorship, and Network Opportunities for Preschool Teachers. Virtual poster presentation at the 37th Division of Early Childhood Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Chang, Y.C., Symon, J., & Fryling, M. (2021, July). A collaboration model: ECSE teachers and Behavior Analysts in urban communities. Virtual presentation at the 2021 OSEP Leadership & Project Directors' Conference.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2021, May). Play Diversity and Complexity in Diverse Young Children with Autism. Virtual poster presentation at the 20th Annual International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Conference.

Chang, Y.C., Osipova, A., Hunt, N., *Larios, R., & *Oropollo, M. (2020, February). Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Experiences of pre-service early childhood special education teaches in inclusive classroom settings. Poster presentation at the 2020 CEC Convention and Expo, Portland, Oregon.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., Shih, W., Kasari, C. (2019, May). Joint Engagement in Minimal Verbal Children with Autism. Poster presentation at the 18th Annual International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Conference, Montreal, Canada.

Chang, Y.C. (2019, April). Learning to Play, Playing to Learn!: Using the JASPER model in the classroom to increase engagement and social communication in children with ASD. Invited presentation at the Center for Autism Related Disabilities 13th Annual Statewide Conference, Albany, New York.

Chang, Y. C., & Hunt, N. (2019, March). Building better bridges: Perceptions of early intervention transitions from parents, early interventionists, and special educators. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland.

Chang, Y.C., Hunt, N., & *Estrada, L. (2018, October). Engaging with the community: First-year practicum model for early childhood special educators. Poster presentation at the 34th Division of Early Childhood Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2018, May). Mediation of Treatment Effect in a Teacher-Implemented Social Communication Intervention for Young Children with Autism. Poster Presentation at the 17th Annual International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) Conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2018, March). Young Dual Language Learners with Autism: Does language in intervention matter? Poster Presentation at the 51st Annual Gatlinburg Conference, San Diego, California.

Chang, Y. C., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2017, May). Home-based play routines in low-resourced families of young children with ASD: Parent Strategy Implementation. Poster session at the 16th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), San Francisco, CA.

Chang, Y.C., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2017, April). Play skills in older minimally verbal children with ASD. Paper Session at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Austin, Texas.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2017, March). Mediation of Treatment Effect in a Teacher-Implemented Social Communication Intervention for Preschool Children with Autism: Teachers’ strategy adoption. Poster Presentation at the 50th Annual Gatlinburg Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Chang, Y.C. (2016, October). Teacher Implemented Evidence-Based Intervention for Preschool Children with Autism: Teacher Strategy Adoption. Poster presentation at the Division of Early Childhood’s 32nd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Disabilities and Their Families, Louisville, Kentucky.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., McCracken, C., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2016, May). Jumping the Hurdle: Children with ASD and symbolic play. Poster presented at the 15th Annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Baltimore, Maryland.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2016, March). Toddlers in Early Intervention: Engagement, Play, Joint Attention, and Language. Poster presentation at the 49th Annual Gatlinburg Conference, San Diego, California.

Chang, Y.C., Shire, S., Shih, W., & Kasari, C. (2016, January). Teacher Implemented Evidence-Based Intervention in Urban Preschool Settings: Play as a Context for Learning! Poster presentation at the 17th International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability, & Developmental Disabilities. Honolulu, Hawaii.

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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

2012        Ph.D., Education, University of California, Los Angeles
2009        M.A., Education, University of California, Los Angeles
2005        B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

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