Heather Brown, PhD, MEd, BEd, BA

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept

Contact

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
Email
heather2@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 243-3334
Address
5-141 Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5

Overview

Research

The academic achievement of students with high-functioning (i.e., bright) Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD) is a largely unexamined area of development. While previous research has demonstrated individuals with HFASD have extremely variable performance on global measures of academic achievement, ranging from severely impaired to exceptional, there is little research that has attempted to describe their strengths and weaknesses in a given academic domain or how a diagnosis of autism may impact learning. To address these gaps, the overall aim of my research program examines two key questions:

  1. How well do students with HFASD perform academically across subjects and domains?
  2. What features of HFASD lead to academic strengths or weakness?

Much of my work thus far has focused on the written expression skills of students with HFASD; however, my new research will begin to also focus on their mathematical abilities. I also examine several underpinnings of academic achievement, such as: oral language skill, focus and attention, theory of mind (i.e., the ability to understand minds) and integrative processing (i.e., the ability to combine disparate parts into a unified whole).

Courses

EDPY 301 - Introduction to Inclusive Education: Adapting Classroom Instruction for Students with Special Needs

This course provides an introduction to teaching students with diverse learning support needs within the inclusive education context. Course content focuses on adapting classroom instruction and classroom environments to enhance learning for all students. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021

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Publications

Meta-analysis of receptive and expressive language skills in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Author(s): Kwok, E. Y., Brown, H. M., Smyth, R. E., & Oram Cardy, J.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Exploring the persuasive writing skills of students with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
Author(s): Brown, H. M., Johnson, A. M., Smyth, R. E., & Oram Cardy, J.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Volume: 8
Issue: 11
Page Numbers: 1482-1499
External Link: https://www.cms.ualberta.ca/-/media/35B33DEC395D43BEB77B140876472524
A meta-analysis on the reading comprehension skills of individuals with autism spectrum disorders
Author(s): Brown, H. M., Oram Cardy, J., & Johnson, A.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume: 43
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 932-955
External Link: https://www.cms.ualberta.ca/-/media/E0CC611281F44FD2839C272E1EC57877
Writing, Asperger Syndrome and Theory of Mind
Author(s): Brown, H. M. & Klein, P. D.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume: 41
Issue: 11
Page Numbers: 1464-1474
External Link: https://www.cms.ualberta.ca/-/media/DC2851D32C3A421A89FDFFFDAF25E1C3