COE: April Regester
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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.