Heather Brown, PhD, MEd, BEd, BA

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept

Pronouns: she, her, hers


Associate Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
(780) 292-6216
5-141 Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5


Area of Study / Keywords

Autism neurodiversity academic achievement well-being


Dr. Heather M. Brown was originally trained as an elementary school teacher, but she is now an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta, where she helps current and future educators understand how to best support neurodivergent students in the regular classroom. She is also an autistic professional who studies autism. Along with many neurodivergent and neurotypical graduate and undergraduate students and volunteers, her AIDAN lab (https://www.aidanlab.ca/) aims to uncover strategies to support the academic achievement and overall well-being of autistic children, youth and adults. By doing so, her research is poised to empower autistic individuals to be more self-confident in their neurodiversity and to develop a better understanding of the factors that most support their well-being at home, work and school.


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 Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

Browse more courses taught by Heather Brown


Learning from the experts: Evaluating a participatory autism and universal design training for university educators

Author(s): Waisman, T., Williams, Z.J., Cage, E., Santhanam, S.P., Magiati, I., Dwyer, P., Stockwell, K.M., Kofner, B., Brown, H.M., Davidson, D., Herrell, J., Shore, S.M., Caudel, D., Gurbuz, E., Gillespie-Lynch, K.
Publication Date: 6/2/2022
Publication: Autism
Volume: OnlineFirst
DOI: 10.1177/13623613221097207

The Autism Intervention Research Network on Physical Health Autistic Researcher Review Board

Author(s): Brown, H.M., Dwyer, P.S.R., Gassner, D.L., Kapp, S.K., Ne'Eman, A., Ryan, J.G., Waisman, T., Williams, Z.J.,
Publication Date: 4/1/2022
Publication: Pediatrics
Volume: 149
Issue: Supplement 4
Page Numbers: S1-S4
DOI: 10.1542/peds.2020-049437f
External Link: https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/149/Supplement%204/e2020049437F/185649/The-Autism-Intervention-Research-Network-on

Measuring Autistic Writing Skills: Combining Perspectives from Neurodiversity Advocates, Autism Researchers, and Writing Theories

Author(s): Zajic, M.C., Brown, H.M.
Publication Date: 3/11/2022
Publication: Human Development
Volume: 66
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 128–148
DOI: 10.1159/000524015
External Link: https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/524015

An Expert Roundtable Discussion on Experiences of Autistic Autism Researchers

Author(s): Dwyer, P., Acevedo, S.M., Brown, H.M., Grapel, J., Jones, S.C., Nachman, B.R., Raymaker, D.M., Williams, Z.J.
Publication Date: 9/2/2021
Publication: Autism in Adulthood
Volume: 3
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 209–220
DOI: 10.1089/aut.2021.29019.rtb
External Link: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/aut.2021.29019.rtb

Changing the story: How diagnosticians can support a neurodiversity perspective from the start

Author(s): Brown, H.M., Stahmer, A.C., Dwyer, P., Rivera, S.
Publication Date: 7/21/2021
Publication: Autism
Volume: 25
Issue: 5
Page Numbers: 1171–1174
DOI: 10.1177/13623613211001012
External Link: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/13623613211001012

Teachers’ experience using technology to provide feedback that enhances students’ persuasive writing skills

Author(s): Cutumisu, M., Labonté, C., Oslie, V., Gange, E., Brown, H. M., & Smith, V. R.
Publication Date: 1/13/2018
Publication: LEARNing Landscapes
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 87-102
DOI: 10.36510/learnland.v11i1.925
External Link: https://www.learninglandscapes.ca/index.php/learnland/article/view/925/917

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
Volume: 9
Issue: January 2015
External Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1750946714002402?casa_token=N9HmpwB9pMAAAAAA:-PSx6ZDtruyN7JQu7iTUYRWKxCgx7ZV3jQbOepjJBCkS1Lrt4PHM9SMqCb6VhZbl8arOo69LCs4

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.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1750946714001779?casa_token=dnF81JSm7sIAAAAA:ml0Foh1YKdYUQ_Pylzdc9J4bYqFMQgWL40E41sbrUePbW6YzpoSEh_s655NiGcb7ZHWRPV0ZcCM

A Meta-Analysis of the Reading Comprehension Skills of Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

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://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%252Fs10803-012-1638-1

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://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%252Fs10803-010-1168-7