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Inst on Community Integration
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Jessica Simacek developed and manages the Institute on Community Integration Telehealth Laboratory and is director of the ICI-led TeleOutreach Center at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain. She conducts research, training, and technical assistance that uses innovative distance-learning technologies to improve access to interventions for children with developmental disabilities or mental health needs and for their families. Her expertise in early intervention for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities focuses on complex communication needs and the use of telehealth as a delivery mechanism. She serves as a faculty mentor to fellows in the MN Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (MN-LEND) program and her work has appeared widely in peer-reviewed journals focusing on disability intervention research. Prior to joining ICI in 2015, Simacek provided early intervention services in home, clinical, and educational settings. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Special Education, from the University of Minnesota, and is a former MN-LEND fellow.



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…


Agreement between structured descriptive assessments and functional analyses conducted over a telehealth system

This study examined whether experimental functional analyses (FAs) conducted by parents at home with coaching via telehealth would produce differentiated results, and compared these results to the…

Published: 2019-11-01

Current trends in telehealth applications to deliver social communication interventions for young children with or at risk for autism spectrum disorder

Purpose of Review: Early, intensive, and high-quality interventions can often improve social communication outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Many children experience…

Published: 2020-10-12

Adapting positive behavioural support technical assistance strategies to the 'new normal' emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic

This paper discusses strategies to deliver person-centered, positive behavior supports that were employed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published: 2020-11-01

Implementing aided augmentative communication systems with persons having complex communicative needs

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems can support communication skills for people with significant developmental disabilities who experience complex communication needs (CCNs).…

Published: 2019-06-25


  • Specific disability
    • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)