Dr. Elizabeth Starr

Dr. Elizabeth Starr

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Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 3836
Office: Room 3342A, Leonard & Dorothy Neal Education Building

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Professor, Ph.D. University of Alberta

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Dr. Starr’s research and academic interests primarily focus on educational issues concerning children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Her work has included an evaluation of a parent education program for parents with children newly diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), a study of parental perceptions of the education of children with autism spectrum disorders, a two-year outcome study examining stability and change among high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. Most recently, she has examined different aspects of transition to kindergarten of children with ASD and other exceptionalities with colleagues both in Canada and Australia. Her current research projects concern the transition to kindergarten for children with autism spectrum disorders from culturally diverse families, and transition to school from early intervention for children with disabilities in Melboune, Australia.

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  • 80-204- Differentiated Instruction for Students with Special Needs
  • 80-591-Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research and Educational Practice
  • 80-591 (33) - Single Subject Research Design
  • 80-203 Educational Psychology

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Starr, E., Popovic, S., & McCall, B. P. (In progress, invited article). Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder at Primary School:  Are the Promises of Early Intervention Maintained? Current Developmental Disorders Report.

McCall, B. P., & Starr, E. M. (Revise and resubmit). Effects of Autism Spectrum Disorder on Parental Employment in the United States: Evidence from the National Health Interview Survey.

Starr, E. M., Martini, T., & Kuo, B. (2014) Transition to Kindergarten for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Experiences of Ethnically Diverse Parents, Teachers, Early Childhood Resource Teachers and Early Intervention Providers, Focus on Autism and Developmental Disorders, (Online First), DOI: 10.1177/1088357614532497.

Starr, E. M., & Foy, J., (2012). In parents' voices: The education of children with autism spectrum disorders, Remedial and Special Education33, 207-216, DOI: 10.1177/0741932510383161.

Starr, E., & Foy, J. (2012). In parents' voices: The education of children with autism spectrum disorders, Remedial and Special Education, Published Online First: September 24, 2010, DOI: 10.1177/0741932510383161

Finnigan, E., & Starr, E. (2010). Increasing Social Responsiveness in a Child with Autism: A Comparison of Music and Non- Music Interventions, Autism, 14, 321-348.

Starr, E. (2008). An Evaluation of Jumpstart: A Parent Education Program for Young Children with Autism.

Autism Reference Group (2007). Making a Difference for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Ontario Schools: From Evidence to Action. Ontario Ministry of Education and Ministry of Child and Youth Services.

Starr, E., Berument, S., Tomlins, M., Papanikolauou, K., & Rutter, M. (2005). Brief Report: Autism in individuals with Down syndrome, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 35, 665-673.

Starr, E., Szatmari, P., Bryson, S., & Zwaigenbaum, L. (2003). Stability and change among high functioning children with pervasive developmental disorders: A two-year outcome study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 33,  15-22.

Pickles, A., Starr, E., Kazak, S., Bolton, P., Papanikolauou, K., Bailey, A., Goodman, R., & Rutter, M. (2000). Variation in expression of the autism broader phenotype: Findings from extended pedigrees. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 41, 491-502

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Ph.D. - University of Alberta
M.Ed. - Acadia University
B.Ed. - Queen's University
B.A. - University of Guelph


Svetlana Popovic - (in progress) Short-term Parent Mediated PRT: Teaching Social Initiation to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder through Question Asking (Master's Thesis)

Turan, M. (2014). Parent Satisfaction of the Ontario Intensive Behaviour Intervention Program. Ph.D. Dissertation

Finnigan, E. (2008). Increasing Social Responsiveness of Children with Autism: Music and Non-Music Interventions. Master’s Thesis

O’Gorman, C. (2008). Post-Secondary Students with Learning Disabilities and Self-Determination: A Literature Review. Major Paper