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Hannah Schertz
Associate Professor -- Tenured
W.W. Wright Education Building Room Wright Ed Bldg 3220
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Department:  Curriculum and Instruction
Affiliations:  Special Education
My website:  http://portal.education.indiana.edu/pesa/Home/tabid/13585/Default.aspx
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Background and Interests.  My primary interests, early childhood special education and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), emerged from extensive experience with practitioners and families in the field.  This experience led me to appreciate the centrality of the family in early learning processes, the importance of harnessing the privileged parent-child relationship as a primary natural early learning venue, and the resulting benefits for both children and parents.  For toddlers with ASD, for whom social-communicative engagement is a principle challenge, my research interest is in the parent-child relationship as a medium for promoting developmentally situated social communication competencies at the preverbal level. 

Research.  I am currently conducting a four-year multi-site early intervention randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy of the Joint Attention Mediated Learning intervention for toddlers with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Positive results from three earlier studies laid the groundwork for the current research. More information about this research is available on the following link.  http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/22836.html

Teaching and Program CoordinationI coordinate and teach in a fully online graduate academy, Preparing Educators of Students with Autism (PESA), a project supported by the IU School of Education’s New Initiative for Distance Education Advancement.  http://education.indiana.edu/pesa. 

Service.  I recently served on the Executive Board of the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children and am a member of the Autism Speaks Toddler Treatment Network.  I serve on the Editorial Boards and as a reviewer for a number of Early Childhood Special Education- and autism-focused journals, conferences, and research competitions.   

Publications -- Selected

Schertz, H., Odom, S., Baggett, K., & Sideris, J. (2016). Parent-reported repetitive behavior in toddlers on the autism spectrum. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(10), 3308-3316. doi:10.1007/s10803-016-2870-x Schertz, H. H., Odom, S. L., Baggett, K. M., & Sideris, J. M. (2013).  Effects of Joint Attention Mediated Learning for toddlers with autism spectrum disorders: An initial randomized controlled study.  Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Schertz, H. H., Horn, K., Lee, M., & Mitchell, S. (in press). Supporting parents to help toddlers with autism risk make social connections. Young Exceptional Children.  Advance online publication ahead of print release. doi:10.1177/1096250615576808 Schertz, H. H., Reichow, B., Tan, P., Vaiouli, P., & Yildirim, E. (2012). Interventions for toddlers with autism spectrum disorders: An evaluation of research evidence, Journal of Early Intervention.

Schertz, H. H., Baker, C., Hurwitz, S., & Benner, L. (2011). Principles of early intervention reflected in toddler research in autism spectrum disorders. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 31(1), 4-21. doi: 10.1177/0271121410382460

Schertz, H. H., Wong, C. & Odom, S. L. (Eds.). (2010). Young Exceptional Children monograph No. 12: Supporting young children with autism spectrum disorders and their families.  Lawrence, KS:  Allen Press.

Schertz, H. H. (2010). Principles of intervention for young children: Implications for toddlers and preschoolers with autism spectrum disorders.  In H. H. Schertz, C. Wong, & S. L. Odom (Eds.).  Young Exceptional Children Monograph No. 12: Supporting young children with autism spectrum disorders and their families (pp. 12-24).  Lawrence, KS: Allen Press. 

Schertz, H. H. & Odom, S. L. (2007).  Promoting joint attention in toddlers with autism:  A parent-mediated developmental model. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37(8), 1562-1575.  doi: 10.1007/s10803-006-0290-z

Schertz, H. H. & Robb, M. (2006).  Intervention for toddlers with autism: Building on the parent-child relationship to promote early social-communicative competence.  Young Exceptional Children, 9(3) 20-27.

Schertz, H. H. & Odom, S.L. (2004).  Joint attention and early intervention with autismA conceptual framework and promising approaches. Journal of Early Intervention, 27, 42-54.  doi: 10.1177/105381510402700104

Funded Grants -- Selected

Schertz, H. H., Principal Investigator; Odom, S. L., Co-Principal Investigator; & Baggett, K. M., Co-Principal Investigator (2012-2016).  Joint Attention Mediated Learning intervention for toddlers with autism spectrum disorders and their families: A three-site early intervention research project.  Institute for Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.  $3,499,710 awarded.

Schertz, H. H.; Principal Investigator, Odom, S., Co-principal Investigator; & K. M. Baggett, Co-principal Investigator (2007-2010).  Promoting early social-communicative competency in toddlers with autism:   A multi-site intervention research grant.  Autism Speaks Foundation.  $968,145 awarded.

Schertz, H. H., Principal Investigator, Chiang, M., Co-principal Investigator (2009-2011).  Preparing Educators of Students with Autism (PESA).  Indiana University, School of Education.  New Initiative for Distance Education Advancement (New IDEA): Development & implementation grant.  $74,078 awarded.


  • Ph.D., Special Education (major) Educational Leadership (minor), August 2005, Indiana University, Bloomington IN

    Ed.S., School Administration (Special Education), August 1987, Indiana University, Bloomington IN

    M.A., B.S., Special Education, Elementary Education, August 2007, Indiana University, Bloomington IN

    B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, May 1974, Goshen College, Goshen IN


  • Schertz, H. H. (2003, April). Early diagnosis and intervention in autism: The role of joint attention. Conference session presentation to the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children, Seattle, WA


  • University of Northern Colorado: Program development: Early Childhood Special Education
  • Indiana University School of Education: Innovative Technologies Initiative
  • Faculty Search Committee: Early Childhood Special Education position
  • IU School of Education Faculty Development Committee: In addition to participation in the committee's regular activities, such as reviewing teaching award nominations, I coordinated the Miller Lecture Series. In 2014 I coordinated arrangements for, hosted, and introduced the guest lecturer, Barbara Rogoff.
  • International Meeting for Autism Research: Reviewer of conference proposals
  • Department of Curriculum &
  • Instruction: Program Coordination Committee: I served for the Spring semester.
  • Division for Early Childhood Lead Academy: I am matched with an emerging leader who works on behalf of young children with special needs. The program draws from leading professionals from across the country to provide personalized mentoring support and leadership development.

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