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Jonna Bobzien PhD

Jonna Bobzien PhD

Communication Disorders & Special Education

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  • Expertise

    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.
  • 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
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Hester, P. P.; Bobzien, J.; 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.; Bobzien, J. "Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Programs" $209,000. State. 2018 - 2019
    Tonelson, S. W.; Bobzien, J.; Maydosz, A.; 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.; Bobzien, J. "An Automated Video Coding Approach for Behavioral Research" $17,000. Old Dominion University. 2014 - 2014
    Grisetti, G.; Bobzien, J. "Autism Spectrum Disorder-Integrating Theory and Clinical Practice Perspectives" $3,000. Old Dominion University. June 1, 2013 - December 15, 2013