Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research

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Faculty and Staff

Jill Locke, PhDJill Locke, PhD
Curriculum vitae (pdf)
Assistant Professor
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Jill Locke is an assistant professor at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research and the Center for Autism Research. She completed her doctorate degree in Educational Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Jill worked with Dr. Connie Kasari at the UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment where she contributed to multiple randomized controlled treatment trials that examined the effects of targeted social interventions on the peer relationships and social networks of elementary-aged children with autism in the Los Angeles public schools. Jill's research interests are in developing and implementing interventions designed to address social ability in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in community settings as well as exploring the ways in which treatment gains in intervention programs are generalized and sustained over time.

Jill received the 2011-2012 Autism Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship award to modify a proven-efficacious intervention designed to address socialization in children with ASD, so that it can be used by school personnel to facilitate engagement and play between children with ASD and their peers during unstructured recess periods. She conducted this research in the School District of Philadelphia with one-on-one autism instructional aides to provide schools with a built-in mechanism to continue to support children with ASD after research support is withdrawn. She received a 2013 FARFund and Autism Science Foundation Early Career Award to continue that work in Philadelphia and New York.