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Laurie Jeans

Assistant Professor


As a developmental therapist in Illinois, Jeans' research focuses on early intervention and supporting families of very young children with disabilities and delays.

Her work focuses on preparing teachers and early intervention personnel to work with young children and their families.

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Education and Training


  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Special Education
  • EdM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Early Childhood Special Education
  • BS, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Va. Special Education, concentration: Communicative Disorders

Areas of Professional Interest


  • Infants and toddler development
  • Early intervention
  • Families of young children with disabilities and delays

Selected Publications


Jeans, L. M., Santos, R. M., Laxman, D. J., McBride, B. A., & Dyer, W. J. (2012). Early predictors of ASD
in young children using a nationally representative dataset. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Jeans, L. M., Santos, R. M., Laxman, D. J., McBride, B. A., & Dyer, W. J. (in press). Stress and symptoms of
depression in mothers of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders using a nationally representative dataset. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education.

Santos, R. M., Ostrosky, M. M., Jeans, L. M., Meyer, L. E., & Yates, T. (2012). Practices that facilitate
communication and language development: What research tells us works for young children. Manuscript under review.

Santos, R. M., Ruppar, A. L., & Jeans, L. M. (2012). Immersing students in the culture of disability through service learning. Teacher Education and Special Education: The Journal of the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, 35, 49-63.

Santos, R. M., Jeans, L. M., & McCollum, J, Fettig, A., & Quesenberry, A. (2010). Perspectives of roles during parent-child interactions of Filipino immigrant mothers. Early Child Care and Development, 181(6), 809-826.

Dyer, W. J., McBride, B. A., Santos, R. M., & Jeans, L. M. (2009). A longitudinal examination of father
involvement with children with disabilities: Does timing of diagnosis matter? Journal of Early Intervention, 31(3), 265-281.


Courses Taught

ECSE 204 Introduction to Early Childhood Education
ECE 381 Health, Nutrition, and Public Policy
EDUC 284 Child and Adolescent Psychology

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