Associate Professor
Department of Communication Disorders & Special Education

Jonna Bobzien PhD

241 Lions Child Study Ctr
Norfolk, 23529

Coordinator for ASD Certificate Program and Adapted Curriculum. Teacher educator with emphasis in areas of severe disabilites and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Prior special education teacher with 10 years of experience.

Ph.D. in Special Education, Old Dominion University, (2009)

M.S.Ed. in Special Education, Old Dominion University, (2003)

B.S. in Biology, Old Dominion University, (1996)

Post Graduate Professional Teaching License
Sponsoring Organization: Commonwealth of Virginia
Date Obtained: 2003-05-30

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Hester, P. P., Bobzien, J. and Gear, S. B. "Professional Educator Preparation in Special Education for Children with Low Incidence" $1,236,340. Federal. August 2015 - August 2020
Tonelson, S. W., Maydosz, A., Gable, R. A. and Bobzien, J. "Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs" $209,000. State. 2018 - 2019
Tonelson, S. W., Bobzien, J., Maydosz, A. and Gable, R. A. "The Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Special Education Adapted Curriculum: Supporting Students wiht Severe Disabilities and Autism (ACSD Consortium)" $53,643. State. 2018 - 2019
Chen, C. H. and Bobzien, J. "An Automated Video Coding Approach for Behavioral Research" $17,000. Old Dominion University. 2014 - 2014
Grisetti, G. and Bobzien, J. "Autism Spectrum Disorder-Integrating Theory and Clinical Practice Perspectives" $3,000. Old Dominion University. June 1, 2013 - December 15, 2013

Expertise

Autism
Severe Disabilities
Low Incidence Disabilities
Adapted Curriculum

Research Interests

Teaching acadmic content and quality of life to students with severe intellectual disabilities. The acquisition of verbal speech in young children with ASD.

Articles

Samad, M. A., Diawara, N., Bobzien, J., Harrington, J. A., Witherow, M. A. and Iftekharuddin, K. M. (2018). A feasibility study of autism behavioral markers in spontaneous facial, visual, and hand movement response data. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 26 (2) , pp. 353-361.
Samad, M. D., Diawara, N., Bobzien, J., Harrington, J. W., Witherow, M. A. and Iftekharuddin, K. M. (2017). A feasibility study of autism behavioral markers in spontaneous facial, visual, and hand movement response data. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.
Elmore, J. L., Bruhn, A. and Bobzien, J. (2016). Interventions for the reduction of dental anxiety and corresponding behavioral deficits in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Journal of Dental Hygiene 90 (2) , pp. 111-120.
Samad, M., Bobzien, J., Harrington, J. W. and Iftekharuddin, K. M. (2016). Non-intrusive optimal imaging of face to probe physiological traits in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Optics and Laser Technology 77 , pp. 221-228.
Bobzien, J., Gillis, C., Schwartz, K., Raver-Lampman, S., Hester, P. P. and Morin, L. L. (2015). Using repeated reading and explicit instruction to teach vocabulary to preschoolers who are deaf or have hearing loss. Infants and Young Children 28 (3) , pp. 262-280.
Bobzien, J. (2014). Academic or functional skills? Using happiness indicators to guide instruction for . Education Research International.
Gillis, C., Bobzien, J., Raver-Lampman, S., Swartz, K. K., Hester, P. P. and Reed, L. (2014). Teaching emotion words using social stories and created experiences in group instruction with preschoolers with hearing loss: An exploratory study. . Deafness & Education International 16 (1) , pp. 37-58.
Bobzien, J. and Judge, S. (2014). Characteristics of Preteen and Teen Peer Models Volunteering at a Summer Camp for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal for Multicultural Education 8 (4) , pp. 237-248.
Bobzien, J. (2014). Academic or functional skills? Using behaviors associated with happiness to guide instruction for students with profound/multiple disabilities. Education Research International 2014.
Judge, S., Bobzien, J., Katsioloudis, P., Gear, S. B. and Maydosz, A. (2013). The use of visual-based simulated environments in teacher preparation. Journal of Education and Training Studies 1 (1).
Raver-Lampman, S., Bobzien, J., Hester, P. P., Maydosz, A., Michalek, A. and Gillis, C. (2013). Using a child-specific social story to improve communication and social skills in two preschoolers with cochlear implants: An exploratory classroom case study. Deafness & Education International 15 (2) , pp. 117-125.
Raver-Lampman, S., Bobzien, J., Gillis, C., Hester, P. P. and Anthony, N. (2013). Using dyad-specific social stories to improve communicative and interactional skills of preschoolers with hearing loss in self-contained and inclusive settings. . International Journal of Inclusive Education. .
Bobzien, J., Gillis, C., Raver-Lampman, S., Hester, P. P., Browning, E. and Morin, L. L. (2013). An Observational Study of Social Communication Skills in Eight Preschoolers with and without Hearing Loss during Cooperative Play. Early Childhood Education Journal 41 (5) , pp. 339-346.
Raver-Lampman, S., Bobzien, J., Gillis, C., Hester, P. P., Michalek, A. and Anthony, N. (2012). Effect of parallel talk on the language and interactional skills of preschoolers with cochlear implants and hearing aids. Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal 3 (1) , pp. 630-638.
Bobzien, J. (2011). A Review of Curricular Approaches and Quality of Life Indicators in the United States for Individuals Displaying Profound Multiple Disabilities. Social Welfare: Interdisciplinary Approach 1 (2) , pp. 8-22.
Gear, S. B., Bobzien, J., Judge, S. and Raver-Lampman, S. (2011). Teaching social skills to enhance work performance in a child care setting. Education and Training in Autism & Developmental Disabilities 46 (1) , pp. 40-51.

Books

Bobzien, J. Review of the BRIGANCE Transition Skills Inventory. A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments (6th edition, National Career Development Association.

Book Chapters

Bobzien, J., Childress, D. C. and Raver-Lampman, S. Infants and Toddlers with Cognitive Best Practices for Supporting Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs and Their Families in Natural Environments Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Company.
Bobzien, J. (2013). Review of the BRIGANCE Transition Skills Inventory A counselor’s guide to career assessment instruments (6th ed.). (pp. 427-432) National Career Development Association.
Watson, S. R., Raver-Lampman, S., Bobzien, J. and Gear, S. B. (2008). Techniques for teaching infants, preschoolers, and primary-aged children with mild learning and behavior problems (pp. 225-253) Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Pearson Publishing Co. .

Conference Proceeding

Hsu, W. W., Zhang, M., Chen, C. H., Bobzien, J., Wu, C. T. and Liu, Y. H. (2015). A puzzle-based tool to study individualized perception reactions for children with autism (pp. 682-686) Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC) 2015.
Samad, M., Bobzien, J., Harrington, J. W. and Iftekharuddin, K. M. (2015). Analysis of facial muscle activation in children with autism using 3D imaging (pp. 337-342) International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM).
Chen, C., Bobzien, J., Bruhn, A., Zhang, M. and Hsu, W. W. (2014). The first step toward reconstructing visual perception and cognition in autism. Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (IEEE SMC 2014).
Mishoe, S., Benjamin, R. S., Poston, R. D., Blando, J., Bobzien, J., Claiborne, D., De Leo, G., Grisetti, G., Kott, K. and Najand, M. S. A College of Health Sciences Strategy to Advance IPE/IPP in Health Sciences, Public Health and Nursing. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP): .
Raver-Lampman, S., Bobzien, J., Gillis, C., Hester, P. P. and Anthony, N. Increasing communicative and social skills in preschoolers with hearing loss in self- gottenheim: International Journal of the Arts and Sciences Conference Preceedings.
Raver-Lampman, S., Bobzien, J., Gillis, C., Hester, P. P., Michalek, A. and Anthony, N. (2011). Parallel talk: Effects on language and interactional skills of preschoolers with deafness (pp. 89-96) Dublin, Ireland: Ireland International Conference Press.

Presentations

Bobzien, J. (April 8, 2015). Military Transition: Maintaining a Continuum of Services for Military Children with Autism Oral Presentation Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo San Diego, CA.
Bobzien, J., Lineberg, M. and Jepson, P. (June 19, 2014). Understanding the Legal Requirements of the New Teacher Evaluation System. Oral Presentation 1st Annual Working Conference Learning to Ensure Fidelity: Implementing Virginia’s new Educator Evaluation Process. Norfolk, VA.
Bobzien, J. (March 14, 2014). Designing Intervention for Social Participation Keynote/Plenary Address 21st Annual School Symposium: Designing Interventions for Environments for Social Participation Norfolk, Va.
Raver-Lampman, S., Gillis, C., Bobzien, J., Browning, E. and Hester, P. P. (October 17, 2013). Using a peer to teach grammatical form to preschoolers with hearing loss Oral Presentation International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families San Francisco, CA.
Anthony, N. and Bobzien, J. (March 11, 2013). Promoting Social Competence in Adolescents and Adults with ASD Oral Presentation Virginia Transition Forum Richmond, VA.
Bobzien, J., Gillis, C. and Hester, P. P. (December 7, 2012). Using dyad-specific social stories to increase communicative and interactional skills in preschoolers with hearing loss in self-contained & inclusive settings Paper International Journal of Arts & Sciences Conference Gottenheim, Germany.
Raver-Lampman, S., Gillis, C., Bobzien, J. and Hester, P. P. (October 30, 2012). Increasing communication in multiple settings in preschoolers with hearing loss Paper International Conference for Young Children with Special Needs Minneapolis, MN.
Gear, S. B. and Bobzien, J. (September 30, 2012). Implementing Parent Training in Dialogic Reading with Preschool Children At Risk for Learning and Behavior Problems Lecture International Child & Adolescent Conference XVI Hilton Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport /Mall of America Hotel.
Gear, S. B. and Bobzien, J. (April 13, 2012). Parents’ Use of Dialogic Reading Strategies with Their Young Children at-Risk Council for Exceptional Children Denver, CO .
Gear, S. B., Bobzien, J., Baker, C., Raver-Lampman, S. and DeBruin-Parecki, A. (April 13, 2012). Teaching parents dialogic reading to increase phonological awareness with their preschool children Paper International Conference for Exceptional Children Denver, CO.
Raver-Lampman, S., Bobzien, J., Gillis, C. and Hester, P. P. (April 12, 2012). Effects of parallel talk on the language and interactional skills of preschoolers with hearing loss Paper Council for Exceptional Children Denver, CO.
Bobzien, J., Maydosz, A. and Gear, S. B. (January 19, 2012). Pre-Academic Instruction and Quality of Life for Students with Profound/Multiple Disabilities International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, and Developmental Disabilities Miami, FL.
Bobzien, J., Maydosz, A. and Gear, S. (December 1, 2011). -Academic Instruction and Quality of Life for Students with Profound/Multiple Disabilities Annual TASH Conference Atlanta, GA.
Bobzien, J., Maydosz, A. and Gear, S. B. (November 30, 2011). Pre-Academic Instruction And Quality Of Life For Students With Profound/Multiple Disabilities TASH Conference Altlanta, GA.
Judge, S., Bobzien, J., Gear, S. B., Maydosz, A., Floyd, K. and Gable, R. A. (November 11, 2011). Improving behavioral interventions through the use of virtual environments TED National Conference Austin, TX.
Maydosz, A., Judge, S., Gear, S. B., Floyd, K., Bobzien, J. and Katsioloudis, P. (November 10, 2011). Behavior Management Strategies for General Educators: Trial in a Simulated Classroom 2011 TED Conference Austin, TX.
Raver-Lampman, S., Bobzien, J., Gillis, C., Hester, P. P., Michalek, A. and Anthony, N. (October 5, 2011). Parallel Talk: Effects on Language and Interactional Skills of Preschoolers with Deafness Ireland International Conference on Education Dublin, Ireland.
Maydosz, A., Judge, S., Gear, S. B., Floyd, K., Bobzien, J. and Katsioloudis, P. (September 23, 2011). Behavior Management Strategies for General Educators: Trial in a Simulated Classroom 2011 CCBD International Conference New Orleans, LA.
Bobzien, J., Maydosz, A. and Anthony, N. (March 15, 2011). College Attendance for Students with Autism: Current Research Virginia Transition Forum Norfolk
Gear, S. B. and Bobzien, J. (November 7, 2008). Teaching social skills to enhance work performance: Daycare center case study Annual Conference of the Teacher Education Division Dallas, Texas.
Gear, S. B. and Bobzien, J. (August 4, 2008). De-mystify the RTI triangle: Responsive early literacy intervention Association of Teacher Educators Summer Conference Washington, DC.
Bobzien, J. and Gear, S. B. (October 16, 2007). Predictors of Childhood Obesity: Evidence from Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Annual Conference of the Virginia Council for Exceptional Children Charlottesville, VA.
S, R., Gear, S. and Bobzien, J. (October 16, 2006). Perceptions of Accommodations Between University Students in Ukraine and the United States Virginia Council for Exceptional Children Charlottesville, VA.
  • 2015: You're a Rock Star Teaching Award, Old Dominion University
  • 2014: Shining Star Teaching Award, ODU
  • 2010: Shining Star Teaching Award, ODU
  • 2010: Kimberly Gail Hughes Research Award, Old Dominion University
  • 2009: SCHEV Doctorial Dissertation Fellowship, SCHEV
  • 2006: Nominated, District Teacher of the Year, Norfolk Public Schools
  • 2006: Teacher of the Year, St. Mary’s School, REACH Program
  • 2006: Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Old Dominion University
  • 2004: Member, All City Teaching Team, Norfolk Public Schools
  • 2004: Nominated, District Teacher of the Year, Norfolk Public Schools
  • 2004: Teacher of the Year, St. Mary’s School, REACH Program
  • 2004: Who’s Who among America’s Teachers,
  • 2003: Outstanding Graduate Student, Old Dominion University-Special Education
  • 2003: Nominated, Disney’s Teacher of the Year,
  • 2003: Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society, Old Dominion University
  • 2003: Wavy TV 10 Mother of the Year,
  • 1992: Member, Honors College, Old Dominion University
  • 1992: Winner, Outstanding Academic Scholarship, Pulaski County Public Schools