Jessica Simacek, Ph.D.

Institute on Community Integration
College of Education and Human Development
University of Minnesota
2025 E River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-624-1450
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: May 17, 2022


Discipline Coordinators: Psychology: Developmental
Specialty Resource Contacts: Telehealth
Discipline(s): Disability Studies
Education/Special Education
Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
Family Studies
Mental and Behavioral Health
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Special Education, Autism, Early Intervention, Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Telehealth, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Complex Communication Needs, Infant Intervention, Behavioral Principles, Interfering Behavior, Positive Behavior Support
Education: Special Education, Autism, Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education


Dr. Jessica Simacek is a Research Associate at the University of Minnesota, in the Institute on Community Integration. Simacek developed and directs the current ICI Telehealth laboratory. Simacek is an expert in the areas of early intervention for children with autism and related neurodevelopmental disabilities, particularly focused on communication intervention for children with complex communication needs, and in the use of telehealth as an intervention delivery mechanism. She has expertise in the use of early intervention, augmentative and alternative communication, behavioral principles, and functional communication training to identify and treat challenging behavior. Simacek has an extensive background in early intervention programs, across home, clinical, and educational settings and she holds a PhD in Educational Psychology, Special Education from the University of Minnesota. Simacek serves as faculty in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (MNLEND) in the area of telehealth and early intervention, and is a former MNLEND Fellow.