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Sarah Hurwitz
Assistant Professor
W.W. Wright Education Building Room 3216
Phone : (812) 856-8134
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Department:  Curriculum and Instruction
Affiliations:  Special Education
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My research centers around interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am interested in finding solutions for behavior issues, developing social interaction skills, and improving conversational language for children and adolescents with autism, as well as understanding how they are best served by schools. In addition, I look at the impacts of special education services and behavioral interventions on students with disabilities.

Before getting my PhD, I spent many years working in the field with students with special needs as a special education teacher, the inclusion specialist for children with autism at FPG Child Development Institute in Chapel Hill, NC, and as an interventionist at a private therapy center. After grad school I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology, and conducted social skills research at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.

I love to travel and to explore outdoor markets everywhere I go.

Current Projects and Grants

  • "Disability, Discipline, and Disparities: Does Special Education Help or Hurt Disadvantaged Students?” Spencer Foundation Grant

  • "Development of a Novel Technology-based Self-regulation Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder." Indiana University Collaborative Research Grant. Website:

  • The Autism Social Self-Reflection Project: Can social skills generalize outside of the lab?” Proffitt Foundation Grant

  • "Post Endrew Legal Implications for Students with Autism"

  • The IU Autism Research Collaborative -- this is an organization of autism researchers and practitioners that gathers quarterly. If you are a local person interested in participating, please contact me.




    PhD, Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    MA, Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    BS, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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