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Sarah Hansen

Assistant Professor    Assistant Professor    

Ph. D., Special Education, University of Oregon
M.A., Early Childhood Education, Mills College
B.S., Psychology, University of California at Davis


Early intervention
Early childhood special education
Early and pivotal social communication
Language development
Autism spectrum disorders
Behavioral parent and teacher training


Sarah Hansen is an assistant professor of early childhood special education in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in special education/early intervention in 2016; she also holds an M.A. from Mills College, Oakland in early childhood special education and a B.S. in psychology from the University of California at Davis.

Hansen’s research focuses on assessment, intervention and training of natural change agents on early and pivotal social communication skills for children with ASD and other developmental disabilities. She has further interest in preparing natural change agents to support children with special needs to succeed in the preschool classroom and other natural environments.


Ruppert, T., Machalicek, W., Hansen, S. G., Raulston, and Frantz, R. (submitted August 1, 2015). “Parent implemented early intervention.” In R. Lang, T. Hancock, and N. N. Singh (Eds.)
Early Intervention for Young Children with Autism. New York, New York: Springer.

Hansen, S. G., Blakely, A. W., Dolata, J. K., Raulston, T., and Machalicek, W. (2014). “Children with autism in the inclusive preschool classroom: A systematic review of single-subject design interventions on social communication skills.” Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1 (3) 192-206.

Acar, S., Hansen, S., Dolata, J., and Chen, C. Y. (2014). “An overview of developmental screening: Implications for practice.” Başkent University Journal of Education, 1(1) 9-18.