Assistant Professor of Special Education
College of Education and Health Professions
(CIED)-Curriculum & Instruction
Suzanne Kucharczyk earned an Ed.D. in organizational learning and leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University and a master's degree in educational policy studies and educational organization and leadership from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Her bachelors was in special education from the University of Illinois, Urbana. She was formerly an investigator for the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Assistant Research Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There Dr. Kucharczyk was the Coordinator of the National Professional Development Center on ASD (NPDC-ASD) during which time she collaborated on the 2014 literature review of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the revision of the Autism Program Environment Rating Scale. Her research examines implementation of evidence-based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, implementation of professional development programs in schools, learning support for families, professionals and organizational systems, and organizational learning and knowledge sharing. She has extensive experience and expertise as a professional development program developer, implementer, and evaluator, in addition to her work as a teacher of children with developmental disabilities.
- implementation of evidence-based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities,
- implementation of professional development programs in schools,
- learning support for families,
- professionals and organizational systems, and
- organizational learning and knowledge sharing
Professional & Family Relationships
Students with Severe Disabilities
Transition & Career Development
Characteristics of ASD & Assessment
Learning in Inclusive Environments
Ed.D. in Organizational Learning & Leadership - Teachers College, Columbia University (2011)
M.Ed. in Educational Policy Studies & Educational Organization and Leadership - University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign (2001)
B.S. in Special Education - University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign (1996)
Kucharczyk, S., Reutebuch, C.K., Carter, E.W., Hedges, S., El Zein,, F., Fan, H., & Gustafson, J. R. (2015). Addressing the needs of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Considerations and complexities for high school interventions. Exceptional Children, 81 (3), 329-349.
Wong, C., Odom, S.L., Hume, K. A., Cox, A. W., Fettig, A. Kucharczyk, S., Brock, M. E.,Plavnik, J. B., Fleury, V. R., & Scultz, T. R. (2015). Evidence-based practices for children, youth, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder: A comprehensive review. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
Hedges, S., Sreckovic, M., Kirby, A., Kucharczyk, S., & Hume, K. (2014). Falling through the cracks: Challenges for high school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The High School Journal, 98 (1), 64-82.
Odom, S.L., Duda, M., Kucharczyk, S., Cox, A., & Stabel, A. (2014). Applying an implementation science framework for adoption of a comprehensive program for high school students with autism spectrum disorder. Remedial and Special Education, 35, 38- 49.
Hume, K., Boyd, B., Hamm, J., & Kucharczyk, S. (2014). Supporting independence in adolescents on the autism spectrum. Remedial and Special Education, 35, 38-49. doi: 10.1177/0741932513514617
Boyd, B. A., Kucharczyk, S., & Wong, C. (2016). Implementing evidence-based practices in early childhood classroom settings. In B. Reichow, B.A. Boyd, E. E. Barton, & S. L. Odom. Handbook of early childhood special education (335-347). Switzerland: Springer.
Kucharczyk, S. (2016). Implementing an Educational Model: Learning and Knowledge Sharing in Schools, Across Schools, and Between Schools and Their Support Network. In Gephart, M. A. & Marsick, V. J. (2015). Strategic organizational learning: frontiers in learning for performance (pp. 95-115). Oxford, UK: Butterworth-Heinemann.
Franzone, E. Kucharczyk, S. Sullivan, L. & Szidon, K. (2012). Facilitating the Use of Evidence-Based Practices in Classrooms: The National Professional Development Center Model. In. P. Mundy & A. Mastergeorge. Educational Interventions for Students with Autism. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Weissner, C., Flowers, D., Sheared, V., Lari, P. & Kucharczyk, S. (2010). Creating Community. Handbook of Adult Education. A. Rose, C. Kasworm and J. Ross-Gordon. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.