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Jan Blacher

Jan Blacher

Distinguished Professor

Graduate School of Education
1207 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 Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, and Founding Director of the SEARCH family autism resource center at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Blacher’s NIH-­‐funded research focuses on the family context of children and adolescents with and without developmental disabilities, as well as family coping in Anglo and Latino families. A new study funded by the Institute on Education Sciences involves student-­‐teacher relationships for children with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Blacher serves as Consulting Editor for several journals, and is the North American Editor and Associate Editor of the international Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. She was recently appointed to the National Research Council of The National Academy of Sciences, and the Johnson & Johnson/Rosalynn Carter Institute Caregivers Program. As of February, 2002, she contributes a column for EP, Exceptional Parent Magazine ( She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Current Curriculum Vitae

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General Campus Information

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


Last Modified: 3/9/15