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Jessica Suhrheinrich, Ph.D.

Assistant Adjunct Professor, UC San Diego

Contact Information

3020 Children’s Way, MC 5033
San Diego, CA 92123
T: (858) 966-7703 x3809
F: (858) 966-7704


Dr. Suhrheinrich is an Assistant Professor Special Education at San Diego State University and an Investigator with the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center. Broadly, her research aims to improve community-based services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her clinical experience includes developing and supervising home and school-based programs for children with ASD and training therapists and parents to implement behavioral interventions. Prior to attending graduate school in psychology, Dr. Suhrheinrich was also a classroom teacher.  This experience shaped her interest in improving the quality of educational programming for children with ASD and increasing teacher access to training in evidence-based interventions. 

Research Focus

The broad aim of her research is to inform strategies for enhancing the effectiveness of interventions for autism in community service settings. Dr. Suhrheinrich’s professional interests and experience have focused on a variety of issues related to autism intervention in both clinical and research settings.


  • Rieth, S., Stahmer, A.C., Suhrheinrich, J., & Schreibman, L., Kennedy, J., & Ross, B. (2013). Identifying Critical Elements of Treatment: Examining the Use of Turn Taking in Autism Intervention. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. doi: 10.1177/1088357613513792 
  • Suhrheinrich, J., Stahmer, A. C., Reed, S., Schreibman, L., Reisinger, E. & Mandell, D. (2013). Implementation challenges in translating pivotal response training into community settings. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43, 2970-2976. 
  • Reed, S., Stahmer, A.C., Suhrheinrich, J., & Schreibman, L. (2013). Stimulus over selectivity in typical development: Implications for teaching children with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(6). 
  • Stahmer, A. C., Suhrheinrich, J., Reed, S., & Schreibman, L. (2012). What works for you? Using teacher feedback to inform adaptations of an evidence-based practice for classroom use. Autism Research and Treatment. Article ID 709861 
  • Suhrheinrich, J. (2011). Training teachers to use pivotal response training with children with autism: Coaching as a critical component. Teacher Education and Special Education, 34(4), 339-349.

Current Projects

With her colleagues, Dr. Suhrheinrich adapted an EBP for ASD for use by classroom teachers and paraprofessionals and has been funded through the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES R324A130349) to evaluate the effectiveness of the adapted program.

She was also funded through the NIMH (R21/R33 MH097033) as co-PI on a project evaluating the effect of a training intervention for agency supervisors targeting coaching and fidelity assessment practices.

Dr. Suhrheinrich has recently received an NIMH career development award (K01MH109574) to support additional training in implementation science.  The project will explore current implementation practices within school districts, drawing from a statewide survey and focus group data from special education personnel across organizational levels.  Data will be used to adapt a leadership for organizational change (LOCI) intervention for mid-level leaders in special education and a pilot test will evaluate fidelity, feasibility and acceptability of the intervention.

R324A140005 U.S. Department of Education. Examining the Efficacy of Classroom Pivotal Response Teaching in Classroom Environments.