Dr. Locke is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Autism Research. She completed her doctorate degree in Educational Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Jill worked with Dr. Connie Kasari at the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment where she contributed to multiple randomized controlled treatment trials that examined the effects of targeted social skills interventions on the peer relationships and social networks of elementary-aged children with autism in the Los Angeles public schools. She created a social skills assessment tool using the Q-Sort methodology for her dissertation that investigated the differences in teachers' and classroom aides' perceptions of social competence in children with and without autism spectrum disorders as well as how these perceptions related to teacher-student and peer relationships.
Jill's research interests are in social skills training and friendship/relationship development in children and adolescents with autism. She is also interested in exploring the ways in which treatment gains in intervention programs are generalized and sustained over time as well as the delivery to and sustainability of evidence-based practices in community settings.
Sample of Significant Publications
Flook, L., Smalley, S.L., Kitil, J., Galla, B., Kaiser-Greenland, S., Locke, J., Ishijima, E., & Kasari, C. . Effects of mindful awareness practices on executive functions in elementary school children. Journal of Applied School Psychology. 2010. (26): 70-95.
Kasari, C., & Locke, J. . Social skills interventions for children with autism. . To appear in Amaral, D.G., Dawson, G., & Geschwind, D.H. (Eds.). Autism Spectrum Disorders. Oxford University Press, (in press).
Kasari, C., Gulsrud, A., Wong, C., Kwon, S., & Locke, J .. Randomized controlled caregiver mediated joint engagement intervention for toddlers with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2010. (40): 1045-1056.
Kasari, C., Locke, J., Gulsrud, A., & Rotheram-Fuller, E. . Social networks and friendships at school: Comparing children with and without autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. (in press).
Kasari, C., Locke, J., Ishijima, E., & Kretzmann, M. . Peer acceptance, social engagement and friendship: Critical social goals for children with autism spectrum disorders. . To appear in Gerhardt, P (Ed.)., Social Skills and Adaptive Behavior in Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Current Status and Future Directions. Brookes Publishing, (in press).
Locke, J., Ishijima, E., Kasari, C., & London, N. . Loneliness, friendship quality, and the social networks of adolescents with high-functioning autism in an inclusive school setting. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. 2010. (10): 74-81.
Rotheram-Fuller, E., Kasari, C., Chamberlain, B., & Locke, J. . Grade related changes in the social inclusion of children with autism in general education classrooms. . Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. (in press).