Texas Tech University

Jennifer Hamrick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Special Education

Email: Jennifer.Hamrick@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.0054

Office: EDUC 223

Dr. Hamrick is an Assistant Professor and Director at The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research. She is also a certified teacher and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 23 years of experience in the field of special education in various settings across the state. Dr. Hamrick received her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin with an emphasis in Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Having provided supervision and training to teachers, paraprofessionals, and ABA therapists in both the public school and private sector, she has a wealth of experience and knowledge related to best practices when working effectively with students with special needs. Dr. Hamrick's primary focus is staff training as she feels quality training has a substantial impact on treatment integrity and the success of each individual child. Her research has also focused on the social validation of interventions commonly used when working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders. She is currently the coordinator of the Applied Behavior Analysis Verified Course Sequence in the College of Education.

Jennifer Hamrick, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D., Special Education, The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S., Criminal Justice, Saint Joseph's University
  • B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies, Southwest Texas State University

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Validity
  • Special Education Law
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Severe & Challenging Behavior

Selected Publications

Falcomata, T. S., Muething, C. S., Roberts, G. J., Hamrick, J., & Shpall, C. (2016). Further evaluation of latency-based brief functional analysis methods: An evaluation of treatment utility. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 19(2), 88–94. https://doi.org/10.3109/17518423.2014.910281

Hamrick, J., Cerda, M., O'Toole, C., & Hagen-Collins, K. (2021). Educator Knowledge and Preparedness for Educating Students With Autism in Public Schools. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 36(4), 213–224. https://doi.org/10.1177/1088357621989310

Hamrick, J., DiGangi, E., Travers, J., & DiGangi, S. (2020). ‪Recommendations for implementing comprehensive sexuality education for students with autism and other developmental disabilities. In Cases on teaching sexuality education to individuals with autism (pp. 237–253). IGI Global. http://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=view_citation&hl=en&user=M6zdmcsAAAAJ&sortby=pubdate&citation_for_view=M6zdmcsAAAAJ:qjMakFHDy7sC

Hamrick, J., & Lock, R. (2020). Mobile Outreach Clinic for Autism—A Framework for Service Delivery of Behavior Analytic Intervention in Rural Communities. Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin. https://scholars.ttu.edu/en/publications/mobile-outreach-clinic-for-autism-a-framework-for-service-deliver

Lechtenberger, D., Dotson, W., Fukuda, E., Beights, R., Hamrick, J., Williams, J., & Lovelace, B. (2021). Building a strength-based support program for college students with autism. Journal of Human Services: Training, Research, and Practice, 7(1). https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/jhstrp/vol7/iss1/6

Pazey, B. L., Gevarter, C., Hamrick, J., & Rojeski, L. (2014). Administrator views and knowledge of instructional practices for students with autism spectrum disorders. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 8(10), 1253–1268. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rasd.2014.06.013

Wheeler, K., Hixson, J., Hamrick, J., Lee, J., & Ratliff, C. (2023). Behavior Analysts' Training and Practice Regarding Trauma-Informed Care. Behavior Analysis in Practice. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-023-00836-7