Three Doctoral Students Recognized for Their Innovative Work

By Kendall Payne
March 14, 2023

The Department of Special Education would like to congratulate three Ph.D. students on their recent awards which include winning a scholarship, a paper competition and an investment in a company. Our students continue to inspire and lead and follow their callings to make a global impact, and we congratulate them on their well-deserved recognitions!

Patricio Erhard
Ph.D. Candidate

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Patricio Erhard

Patricio recently won the Association for Behavior Analysis International DEI Paper Competition for his paper “Evaluation of Instructive Feedback and Multiple-Exemplar Training as Strategies for Generalizing Tacts Across English and Spanish Responses.”

A large part of Patricio’s research is focused on expanding strategies that promote generalization of treatment effects (i.e., the application of behavioral strategies to teach individuals how to “generate” untrained responses in appropriate contexts) with individuals with autism or other developmental disabilities, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Patricio felt strongly about entering the competition because he wanted to share the results of his study with practitioners and families, in the hopes that it could help their students/children get one step closer to learning multiple languages.

In addition to his research, Patricio also teaches a Spanish-speaking course in the college that is aimed at providing future teachers, therapists and administrators with a comprehensive understanding of autism through a compassionate and culturally responsive lens.