Marie Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology

Marie Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

Bio

Dr. Kirkpatrick is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a Doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the State of Texas. She is a former special education teacher and paraeducator. Dr. Kirkpatrick is the director of the Teacher Education in Autism for Classroom Help (TEACH) Lab, which focuses on educator training and coaching to support students with autism and developmental disabilities in schools. The TEACH Lab currently has two grants focused on educator training and coaching, Project ABA TEACHER (funded by the Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs) and Project RETAIN (funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Autism Grant Program). Additionally, Dr. Kirkpatrick’s research interests include social communication skills and play for autistic children and youth, as well as training graduate students in providing culturally responsive services. She also serves on the editorial board for two journals, Behavior and Social Issues and Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders.