Laura J. Hall
Laura J. Hall began her work as an educator working for the Princeton
Child Development Institute shortly after graduation. The excellent
training and coaching in the implementation of applied behavior
analysis with learners with autism that she received from Drs. Krantz,
McClannahan and Fenske inspired her to pursue further education.
Under the supervision of Dr. Beth Sulzer-Azaroff she completed her
dissertation focused on assisting parents of young children with
disabilities incorporate educational activities into ongoing routines.
It was meeting international students at UMass that fostered the
realization about the importance of obtaining a global perspective.
Dr. Hall completed a post-doc position at the Universite Catholique de
Louvain, Belgium in 1990. She then moved to Melbourne, Australia
where she was a tenured faculty member in the Disability Studies
Department at Deakin University until 1998.
Her work at SDSU incorporates a focus on the areas she finds
most important. She is teaching special educators to work with
learners with disabilities, she is the International Programs
Coordinator for the College of Education and she works with M.A.
Degree candidates to complete research projects and develop their
skills as leaders in their work with students with autism spectrum
disorders. Her current research focus is on identifying strategies to
improve the educator-learner interaction to increase effective
implementation of evidence-based practices. She recently published a
text that describes practices used with learners with autism spectrum
disorders that identifies those strategies with research support. She
works in collaboration with colleagues in the department, colleagues
in the community, including parents of students with ASD, and, most
importantly, new colleagues or graduates of the M.A. Degree program
with a specialization in autism that she worked to establish at SDSU.
This Masters Program in Autism is currently supported by federal grants
from the Office of Special Education Programs. She is also the
department liaison with the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.