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Jessi Harkins

My philosophy is that all students can learn.

Jessi Harkins, PhD

Lead Faculty - Assistant Professor


Biography

Dr. Jessi Harkins is an assistant professor and lead faculty of the Master of Arts in Special Education (MASE) program in the Department of Education and Liberal Arts in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arizona Global Campus. She has worked in the field of developmental disabilities, behavior analysis, and education since the turn of the 21st Century.

Originally from Wisconsin, Dr. H earned her PhD in Special Education with graduate emphasis in Educational Psychology, Behavior Analysis, and Autism Research and Leadership from the University of North Texas; her MEd in Special Education with emphasis in Autism Intervention and Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas; and her BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has served as therapist, treatment center program coordinator, staff trainer, associate consultant, consultant, and special education teacher. In addition to special education, student and family advocacy, and higher education instruction, Dr. H specializes in intervention, research, and leadership for students with autism spectrum disorders, their families, and their educators.

She says, “My philosophy is that all students can learn. This applies to all students served under special education eligibilities, as well as all students of education seeking a degree to teach our youth. Educate those who will then educate others using evidence-based methods and empathy, and so many lives will be changed as a result.” Dr. Harkins lives in North Texas with her family, faithful dachshunds, and mischievous cat. She enjoys traveling, hiking, spending time outdoors, and the culinary and visual arts.

Education

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education, Graduate Emphasis in Educational Psychology / Behavior Analysis / Systematic Training for Autism Researchers and School Personnel
Institution
University of North Texas
Degree
Master of Arts in Special Education, Graduate Certificates in Autism Intervention / Behavior Analysis
Institution
University of North Texas
Degree
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Institution
University of Texas at Arlington

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