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Office location/campus box

Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences
CB# 7190
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7190


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
MS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004
BS, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2002

Courses Currently Taught

SPHS 701 Research Methods

Research/Scholarly Interests

Dr. Steinbrenner’s research interests are in the area of autism spectrum disorder with a focus on school-based interventions and individuals on the spectrum with significant communication needs. She is also interested in observational measurement, and has worked to adapt and use observational coding systems for social-communication and engagement.

Dr. Steinbrenner is currently PI or co-PI on several funded research studies through the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), and National Institutes of Health. She is also the assistant director for the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practice (NCAEP).

Prior to returning for her research degree, Dr. Steinbrenner worked as a speech-language pathologist with elementary and middle school children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She has nearly two decades of experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum.


“Making Professional Development Work for Preschool Classroom Teams Serving Students with ASD: Adapting a PD Model Using Normalization Process Theory”, Institute of Education Sciences, R324C200188 (Steinbrenner, PI; Reszka, Co-PI), July 2020-June 2024.

“Validation of an Outcome Measure of Early Social-Communication for Young Children with ASD”, NIH/NICHD, R01 HD100364-01A1 via subcontract with University of Kansas, (Boyd, PI), August 2020-June 2025. Site PI

“Efficacy Follow-Up Study of CSESA Model”, Institute of Education Sciences, R324A180091 (Hume, PI; Odom, Co-PI; Steinbrenner, Co-PI), July 2018-June 2021


  • Abecedarian Award recipient: Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (2019)
  • Single Case Design Summer Institute Training by Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Competitive Application (2017)
  • Cluster Randomized Trial Summer Institute Training by Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Competitive Application (2015)
  • Editors’ Award for the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology (2014)


Steinbrenner publications

Jessica Steinbrenner