• Researcher 5
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Inst on Community Integration
Room 107 Pattee Hall [map]
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Jessica Simacek was a MN LEND post-doctoral Fellow. Her Ph.D is in Educational Psychology, Special Education with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Minnesota. She also earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Minnesota. During her doctoral program, Ms. Simacek worked in the Minneapolis Public Schools on implementation of multi-tiered systems of support, served as key personnel in the development and oversight of the Telepresence Behavior Laboratory, taught courses on classroom management and applied behavior analytic problem solving, and conducted studies in the areas of telehealth and communication intervention in autism and Rett syndrome. She has over 10 years clinical experience in early intensive behavioral therapy for children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities, spanning home, center, and school-based settings.

Ms. Simacek's primary research interests include:

  1. Communication intervention for children and adults with severe disabilities.
  2. Functional analysis and intervention for challenging behavior.
  3. The use of telehealth as a service delivery mechanism for communication and challenging behavior interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families.



Minnesota DHS Systems Change and Capacity Building Through Research, Training, and Technical Assistance Projects

Conducts research, training and technical assistance activities that enhance Minnesota's capacity to support community living for individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness. Primary areas…


Minnesota Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (MNLEND)

Prepares future leaders who will serve children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), other neurodevelopmental and related disabilities (NDDs), and their families in healthcare, education, human…


Technical Assistance and Consultation to the Association of Positive Behavior Support

Provides expert consultation on intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to the Association of Positive Behavior Support (APBS). This includes the development of technical assistance…


Autism Intervention Research Network On Physical Health (AIR-P)

ICI investigators have joined a national research network formed to improve the physical health and well-being of children and adults with autism. The multidisciplinary team, called the Autism…


  • Specific disability
    • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)