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Research Interests and Expertise

Transition assessment and planning, students with disabilities at the postsecondary education level, study skills assessment and instruction, individuals with disabilities and the criminal justice system, and differentiating instruction for students with special needs in inclusive settings

Current Research Projects and Grants

  • Analysis of the the adpative behavior profiles of adults with intellectual disabilities
  • Misconceptions of individuals with mild intellectual disabilities
  • Media portrayal of individuals with disabilities
  • Assessment of adaptive functioning
  • Study skills of students in higher education

Boards, Committees, and Associations

  • American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
  • American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Council on Learning Disabilities (CLD)
  • International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities (IASSID)

Recent Awards

  • Outstanding Advisor, Best Buddies, Swing Out Award (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Eyes of Texas, Service Award (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Texas Exes Teaching Award (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Burton Blatt Award (Division on Developmental Disabilties, CEC)
  • Oliver Kolstoe Aware (Division on Career Development and Transition, CEC)

Representative Publications

Patton, J. R., & Clark, G. M. (2013). Transition Planning Inventory (Second Edition) (TPI-2). Austin: PRO-ED.

Clark, G. M., Synatschk, K. O., Patton, J. R., & Steel, L. E. (2012). Career Interests, Preferences, and Strengths Inventory (CIPSI). Austin: PRO-ED.

Polloway, E. A. Patton, J. R., Serna, L., & Bailey, J. W. (2013). Strategies for teaching learners with special needs (10th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

Smith, T. E. C., Polloway, E. A., Patton, J. R., & Dowdy, C. A. (2012). Teaching students with special needs in inclusive settings (6th ed.). Boston: Pearson.

Beirne-Smith, M., Patton, J. R., & Kim, S. (2006). Mental Retardation (7th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall/Merrill.