Monica Simonsen

School of Education and Human Sciences - Special Education
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Dr. Monica Simonsen is a lecturer in the Department of Special Education Online Programs at the University of Kansas (KU). She was previously the Program Coordinator for the Secondary Transition Online Graduate Program. Her current research related to online learning focuses on embedding inclusive pedagogies into online learning and identifying effective leadership structures and practices for online program management. Dr. Simonsen also studies the impact of family engagement and collaboration to promote seamless transition outcomes for students with disabilities and personnel preparation of transition specialists.

Dr. Simonsen is a former special educator and transition specialist in Maryland who coordinated a post-secondary program for 18- to 21-year-olds with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD). Most recently, she spent six years as a senior research associate at TransCen Inc. providing technical assistance and research expertise to a variety of state and national transition projects, including the Maryland Seamless Transition Collaborative.

Dr. Simonsen completed her doctorate at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) and has been an instructor for KU since 2010.

Selected Publications

Fabian, E., Luecking, R., & Simonsen, M. (2014). Perception of Collaborators in Transition Planning Over Time.
Simonsen, M., Fabian, E., & Dong, S. (2014). Does Collaboration Effect Youth Outcomes in Transition.
Simonsen, M., Stuart, C., Luecking, R., & Certo, N. J. (2013). Collaboration Among School and Post-School Agencies for Seamless Transition. In IOS Press.
Tilson, G., & Simonsen, M. (2013). The Personnel Factor: Exploring the Personal Attributes of Highly Successful Employment Specialists Who Work With Transition-Age Youth. In Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.
Simonsen, M., Fabian, E., & Luecking, R. (submitted/in review). Employers Preferences for Hiring Youth With Disabilities.

Selected Presentations

Simonsen, M., & Luecking, R. (11/30/2013). Implementing a Model for Seamless Transition. Division of Career Development and Transition Annual Conference. Williamsburg, VA
Simonsen, M. (11/30/2013). The Personnel Factor Traits of Effective Transition Specialists. Division of Career Development and Transition Annual Conference. Williamsburg, VA
Simonsen, M. (11/30/2013). What Promotes Integrated Employment Outcomes for Youth with IDD. Division of Career Development and Transition Annual Conference. Williamsburg, VA
Simonsen, M. (10/31/2013). Effective Job Development & Quality Work Experiences. Keynote at Florida TPSID Conference. Boca Raton, FL
Simonsen, M. Work Begets Work: Making Integrated Employment a Reality. Annual Pacific Rim Conference. Honolul, HI

Selected Awards & Honors

Patricia Stilington Emerging Researcher Award
Council of Special Education, Division of Career Development & Transition
Jacob K. Goldhager Award
University of Maryland
University of Maryland College of Education SPARC award
University of Maryland
Preparation of Secondary and Transition Leadership Personnel Fellowship
University of Maryland

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