Jenna Lequia, Ph.D.

Westchester Institute for Human Development
University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
in affiliation with New York Medical College
Cedarwood Hall
Valhalla, NY 10595
Phone: 914-493-6861
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 24, 2018

Jenna Lequia

Discipline Coordinators: Special Education
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: Community Education Directors' Council
Research: Behavioral Interventions for Individuals with I/DD, Improving Access and Participation for Individuals with I/DD across the Lifespan, Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination in Individuals with I/DD across the Lifespan, Special Education and Inclusion, Family & Professional Partnerships
Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison B.S. 2009 Human Development and Family Studies,
Concentration - Child Development
University of Wisconsin-Madison M.S. 2010 Special Education
Concentration - Cognitive Disabilities
University of Wisconsin-Madison Ph.D. 2015 Special Education
Minor - Prevention & Intervention Science: Research methodology
University of Connecticut Post-doc 2016 n/a


Dr. Jenna Lequia is a special educator with expertise in the areas of autism, behavior management, implementation science, and research methodology. Her professional experiences consist of providing instruction to young children with autism spectrum disorders in the home, teaching in an inclusive preschool setting, consulting with and coaching parents to develop and implement behavior intervention plans for their children with autism and other developmental disabilities, and consulting with educational teams to improve the inclusion of students with severe disabilities across the school day. As the Education and Training Researcher at the Westchester Institute for Human Development and Assistant Professor at New York Medical College (School of Health Sciences and Practice), Dr. Lequia leads and assists with various Social/Behavioral and Educational research projects. She also serve as core faculty in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program where she teaches the Special Education Module addressing topics such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), inclusive education, social skills interventions, and strategies to promote self-determination. In addition, Dr. Lequia provides consultation to WIHD faculty on teaching, program evaluation, and research design. Currently, she serves on the executive board of the New York State Council for Exceptional Children (NYS CEC) as the President-Elect. She is also the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Disability, Development and Education and serves regularly as a peer reviewer for various journals, such as the Journal for Autism and Developmental Disorders (JADD).