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Jan Blacher

Jan Blacher

Distinguished Professor, UC Presidential Chair

Graduate School of Education
2133 Sproul Hall
(951) 827-3875

Research Areas

  • Current research, which is longitudinal in nature, focuses on families of children and young adults with retardation; disability and family coping in a cultural context; issues of dual diagnosis in Anglo and Latino families; and the transition to adulthood for young adults with severe retardation and their families.


  • 1979 Ph.D., Special Education/Developmental Psychology University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 1982-1983 Post-doctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor, Judge Baker Guidance Center, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University
  • 1975 A.B., (Honors in Psychology), Brown University, Providence, RI


Jan Blacher is Distinguished Professor of Education and UC Presidential Chair in the Graduate School of Education, UCR. She is also Director of the SEARCH Family Autism Resource Center (SEARCH = Support, Education, Advocacy, Resources, Community, Hope). Dr. Blacher’s NIH-­ funded research focuses on the family context of children and adolescents with and without developmental disabilities or autism, as well as family coping in Anglo and Latino families. A recent study funded by the Institute on Education Sciences (IES)    involves longitudinal study of successful outcomes of young children with autism transitioning into the early school grades. Dr. Blacher serves as Consulting Editor for several leading journals, including the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities the American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability . She is the North American Editor and Associate Editor of the    Journal of Intellectual Disability Research . She has served on a scientific study panel of the National Research Council of The National Academy of Sciences, and on the Johnson & Johnson/Rosalynn Carter Institute. She is a former columnist for EP, Exceptional Parent Magazine ( ). In addition to holding Fellow status in three research organizations, Dr. Blacher is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Current Curriculum Vitae

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Blacher, J., Cohen, S.R., & Azad, G. F. (2014). In the eye of the beholder: Reports of autism symptoms by Anglo and Latino parents.  Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8 (12), 1648-1656. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2014.08.017

Zeedyk, S.M., Tipton. L.A., & Blacher, J. (2014). Educational supports for high functioning youth with ASD: The postsecondary pathway to college. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. doi: 10.1177/1088357614525435

Tipton, L. A., & Blacher, J. (2014). Autism awareness: Views from a campus community. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 477–483. doi:10.1007/s10803-01301893-9

Azad, G., Blacher, J., & Marcoulides, G. M. (2014). Longitudinal models of socio-economic status: Impact on positive parenting behaviors. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 38(6), 509-517. doi: 10.1177/0165025414532172

Eisenhower, A., Blacher, J, & Bush, H. H. (2015). Longitudinal associations between externalizing problems and student-teacher relationship quality for young children with ASD. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 9, 163-173. doi: 10.1016/j-rasd.2014.09.007

Baker, B. L., & Blacher, J. (in press) . Disruptive behavior disorders in adolescents with ASD: Comparison to youth with intellectual disability or typical cognitive development. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities.

Blacher, J., Baker, B. L., & Berkovits, L. (2013)  Family perspectives on child disability: Views from the sunny side of the street. In M. L. Wehmeyer, Ed., Oxford handbook of positive psychology and disability.  NY: Oxford University Press, Inc.

Blacher, J., Linn, R. H., & Zeedyk, S. M. (2015). The role of graduate schools of education in training autism professionals to work with diverse families. In D. E. Mitchell & R.K. Ream (Eds.), Professional responsibility: The fundamental issue in education and health care reform  (pp. 231-246) NY: Springer.

Blacher, J., & Baker, B.L. (2007). Positive impact of intellectual disability on families. American Journal on Mental Retardation. 112, 330-348.

Blacher, J., & Hatton, C. (2007). Families in context: Influences on coping and adaptation. In S.L. Odom,R.H. Horner, M.E. Snell, & J. Blacher (Eds.), Handbook on Developmental Disabilities (pp. 531-551).Guilford Press.

Krraemer, B.R. & Blacher, J. (in press). Transition for Hispanic and Anglo youth with severe intellectual disability: Parent perspectives across two time points. Journal on Developmental Disabilities.

Blacher, J., & McIntyre, L.L. (2006) Syndrome specificity and behavioural disorders in young adults with intellectual disability: Cultural differences in family impact. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 50,349-361.

Eisenhower, A. S., Baker, B. L., & Blacher, J. (2005). Preschool children with intellectual disability:Syndrome specificity, behavior problems, and maternal well-being. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research,49, 657-671.

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Graduate School of Education
1207 Sproul Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5234
Fax: (951) 827-3942


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