Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research

April Regester received her Ph.D. In Special Education, Disabilities & Risk Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009.  She also holds a M.A. In Special Education, and a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential for students with moderate to severe disabilities.

April’s research interests include friendship development and social supports for individuals with severe disabilities. She also conducts research in autism, positive behavior supports, inclusive education, college and adult life skills supports for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Supported Living. In addition, April conducted a year long Post Doctoral Fellowship at the Eli & Edythe L. Broad Asperger Research Center at the world renowned Koegel Autism Center.

At UMSL, April teaches courses related to Behavior Management, Individual & School-wide Positive Behavior Supports, Transitions and Planning, and Cross Categorical Special Education. She is also serving on three doctoral dissertation committees and advising students obtaining an M.Ed. In Special Education.

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Education
April Regester received her Ph.D. In Special Education, Disabilities & Risk Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009.  She also holds a M.A. In Special Education, and a Preliminary Education Specialist Credential for students with moderate to severe disabilities.

Research
April’s research interests include friendship development and social supports for individuals with severe disabilities. She also conducts research in autism, positive behavior supports, inclusive education, college and adult life skills supports for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Supported Living. In addition, April conducted a year long Post Doctoral Fellowship at the Eli & Edythe L. Broad Asperger Research Center at the world renowned Koegel Autism Center.

Teaching
At UMSL, April teaches courses related to Behavior Management, Individual & School-wide Positive Behavior Supports, Transitions and Planning, and Cross Categorical Special Education. She is also serving on three doctoral dissertation committees and advising students obtaining an M.Ed. In Special Education.

Service
April currently serves on UMSL College of Education M.Ed. Program Committee, the Dean’s Committee on Social Justice, the Teacher Education Committee, and the Senate Libraries Committee. She will also be a Faculty Site Leader at the University of Missouri- St. Louis Martin Luther King Day of Service 2011. April belongs to several organizations related to Special Education (Council for Exceptional Children, TASH, Association for Applied Behavior Analysis) and is an honorary board member for the California chapter of TASH.

Representative Publications

  • Regester, A. & Singer, G. (in press). Beyond high school: Participants’ perspectives on their participation with inclusive friendship programs in high school. In Peck, C.A., & Kennedy, C.H. (Eds.), Context, intervention, and disability: Essays in
    Honor of Thomas G. Haring.
    Mahway, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Lang, R., Regester, A., Mulloy, A., Rispoli, M. J., & Botout, A. (in press). Behavioral intervention to treat selective mutism across multiple social situations and community settings. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Lang, R., Machalicek, W., O’Reilly, M.F., Regester, A., Sigafoos, J., Rispoli, M. J., Shogren, K.(in press). Review of interventions to increase functional and symbolic play in children with autism. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities.
  • Lang, R., Machalicek, W., Rispoli, M. J., & Regester, A. (in press). Training parents to implement communication interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review of training procedures. Evidenced Based Communication Assessment and Intervention.
  • Lang, R., Davis, T., O’Reilly, M. F., Machalicek, W., Rispoli, M. J., Sigafoos, J.,Lancioni, G., & Regester, A. (in press). Assessment and treatment of elopement with a child with Aspergers syndrome. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.
  • Lang, R., Regester, A., Rispoli, M., Pimentel, S. & Camargo, S.H. (2010). GuestEditorial: Rehabilitation issues for children with autism spectrum disorders. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 13, 153-155.
  • Lang, R., Regester, A., Lauderdale, S., Ashbaugh, K., & Haring, A. (2010). Treatment of anxiety in autism spectrum disorders with cognitive behavior therapy: A systematic review. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 13, 53-63.
  • Lang, R., Didden, R., Machalicek, W., Rispoli, M., Sigafoos, J., Lancioni, G., Mulloy, A., Regester, A., Pierce, M., & Kang, S. (2010). Behavioral treatment of chronic skin-picking in individuals with developmental disabilities: A systematic review. Research In Developmental Disabilities, 31, 304-315.
  • Invited Essay in Koegel, L.K. & LaZebnik, C. (2009). Growing up on the spectrum: A guide to life, love, and learning for teens and young adults with autism and aspergers. London: Viking Penguin.
  • Lang, R., Shogren, K.., Machalicek, W., Rispoli, M., O'Reilly, M. F., Regester, A., & Baker, S. (2009). Use of video self-modeling to teach classroom rules to two children with Asperger’s syndrome. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 3, 483 – 488.
  • Lang, R., Machalicek, W., O’Reilly, M.F., Sigafoos, J., Rispoli, M. J., Shogren, K. & Regester, A. (2009). Review of interventions to increase functional and symbolic play in children with autism. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 44, 481-492.
  • Lang, R., Machalicek, W., Rispoli, M. J., & Regester, A. (2009). Training parents to implement communication interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review of training procedures. Evidenced Based  Communication Assessment and Intervention, 3, 174-190.
  • Lang, R., Didden, R., Sigafoos, J., Rispoli, M., & Regester, A. (2009). Treatment of chronic skin-picking in a woman with aspergers syndrome and borderline intellectual disability. Clinical Case Studies. 8, 753-759

Recent Presentations

  • Motivation-Based Behavioral Interventions for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2010). International Meeting for Autism Research, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Effects of Language of Implementation on Functional Analysis Outcomes (2010). Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention, San Antonio, Texas
  • Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Research Syntheses (2010). Association for Behavior Analysis International Convention, San Antonio, Texas   
  • Improving Social Conversation in Young Adults with Asperger Syndrome Using Video Feedback (2010). 4th Annual Tools for Transformation Conference, Los Angeles, California
  • Beyond High School: A Look Back on Student and Teacher Perspectives on Their Participation with Inclusive Friendship Programs in High School (2010). Cal-TASH Annual Conference, Burlingame, California   
  • Supporting College Students with Asperger Syndrome (2010). Career Center, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • General-Special Education Collaboration in a Language Arts Methods Course (2010). Cal-TASH Annual Conference, Burlingame, California.
  • Challenging Behavior Interventions for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome: Two Clinical Case Studies (2010). California Association for Behavior Analysis Annual Conference, Irvine
  • Beyond High School: A Look Back on Student and Teacher Perspectives on Their Participation with Inclusive Friendship Programs in High School (2010). 4th Annual Conference of the University of California Center for Research in Special Education, Disabilities, and Developmental Risk, Santa Barbara
  • Challenging Behavior Interventions for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome: Two Clinical Case Studies (2009). 4th Annual Pivotal Response Treatment Conference, Santa Barbara
  • Improving the Social Conversation Skills of Children and Adolescents with Autism & Asperger Syndrome Using Self-Management (2009). 4th Annual Pivotal Response Treatment Conference, Santa Barbara.