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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

  • My own primary research interests have involved the study of both the positive and negative impact of children with intellectual disability on the family, as well as longitudinal studies of child developmental risk and the collateral effects on parents. I also study the cultural context of disability, including autism, as well as the successful transition to early schooling for young children with autism spectrum disorder. My work has been funded longitudinally by NICHD and IES.
  • The main topics on which I publish include: 1) Studies of family impact; 2) Cultural context of disability; and 3) Student-teacher relationships and adaptation to school.


  • A.B. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island (Honors in Psychology), 1975
  • Ph.D. Special Education/Developmental Psychology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Post-Doctoral Training, Post-doctoral Fellow and Visiting Professor, Judge Baker Guidance Center, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, 1982-83


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) involved 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 DisordersJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual DisabilitiesJournal of Intellectual Disability Research, American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. She is the North American 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).

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Studies of family impact:

  1. Tipton, L.A., Eisenhower, A. & Blacher, J. Young children with ASD: Parent strategies for interaction during adapted book reading activity. Remedial and Special Education, 1-10 DOI: 10.1177/0741932516677831
  2. Blacher, J., & Begum, G. F. (2011). Sibling relationship quality and adjustment: Considerations of family, genetics, cultural expectations and disability types. In Robert Hodapp (Eds.), International Review of Research in Developmental Disability, 41, (pp. 163-197).  Chennai, India: Elsevier.
  3. 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.
  4. Ellingsen, R., Baker, B. L., Blacher, J. & Crnic, K. A. (2013). Resilient parenting of preschool children at developmental risk. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58, 664-678. doi:10.1111/jir.12063
  5. Azad, G. F., 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

Cultural context of 

  1. Blacher, J., Shapiro, J., Lopez, S., Diaz, L., & Fusco, J. (1997).  Depression in Latina mothers of children with mental retardation: A neglected concern.  American Journal on Mental Retardation, 101, 483-

  2. 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, 184-198.

  3. Blacher, J., Begum, G.F., Marcoulides, G. A., & Baker, B. L. (2013).  Longitudinal perspectives of child positive impact on families: Relationship to disability and culture.  American Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 118, 141-155. doi: 10.1352/1944-7558-118.2.141

  4. 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
  5. Lauderdale-Littin, S., & Blacher, J. (in press). Young adults with severe intellectual disability: Culture, parent and sibling impact. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Student-teacher relationships and adaptation to school:

  1. Caplan, B., Feldman, M., Eisenhower, A. & Blacher, J. (2016). Student-teacher relationships for young children with autism spectrum disorder:   Risk and protective factors.  J Autism Dev Disord,   46 : 3653. doi:10.1007/s10803-016-2915-1
  2. Blacher, J., Howell, E., Lauderdale-Littin, S., DiGennaro Reed, F. D., & Laugeson, E. A. (2014). Autism spectrum disorder and the student teacher relationship: A comparison study with peers with intellectual disability and typical development. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8, 324-333.
  3. 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
  4. Eisenhower, A., Bush, H. H., & Blacher, J. (in press). Student-teacher relationships and early school adaptation of children with ASD: A conceptual framework. Journal of Applied School Psychology.
  5. Zeedyk, S.M., Cohen, S.R., Blacher, J., & Eisenhower, A. (2015). Perceived loneliness among young children with ASD: Child, parent, and teacher reports. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. DOI 10.1007/s10803-015-2575-6

Others (see complete CV):

  1. Cohen, S. R., Zeedyk, S. M., Tipton, L.A., Rodas, N.,V., & Blacher, J. (in press). Fathers of children with or without ID: Understanding long-term psychological symptoms.  Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.
  2. Baker, B. L., & Blacher, J. (2015).  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, 8, 98-116.
  3. Emerson, E., Blacher, J., Einfeld, St., Hatton, C. Robertson, J., & Stancliffe, R. J. (2014). Environmental risk factors associated with the persistence of conduct difficulties in children with intellectual disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35 (12), 3508-3517. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2014.08.039
  4. Zeedyk, S. M., Rodriguez, G., Tipton. L. A., Baker, B.L., & Blacher, J. (2014). Bullying of youth with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, or typical development: Victim and parent perspectives. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8(9), 1173-1183. doi: 10.1016/j.rasd.2014.06.001
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Ellingsen, R., Baker, B. L., Blacher, J., & Crnic, K. (2014). Resilient parenting of children at developmental risk across middle childhood. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 1364-1374.
  8. Howell, E., Lauderdale-Littin, S., & Blacher, J. (2013). Educational placement for children with autism spectrum disorders: Social skills and behavior problems as predictors. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 48, 469-478.
  9. Tipton, L. A., Christensen, L., & Blacher, J. (2013).  Friendship quality in adolescents with and without an intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 26, 522-532.
  10. Christensen, L., Baker, B. L., & Blacher, J. (2013).  Oppositional Defiant Disorder in children with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 6, 225-244. DOI: 10.1080/19315864.2012.661033

Bolded = Graduate Student or Post-Doc at the time


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