Jun Ai (AJ)
AJ earned her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Kansas (KU). AJ’s scholarship centers on two topic areas of early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE). The first topic area is the application of early childhood positive behavior support (PBS; e.g., the Pyramid Model) to promote social, emotional, and behavioral learning in young children. The second topic area is the utilization of coaching to support EI/ECSE professionals’ applications of evidence-based practices to work with young children with special support needs. AJ was awarded the Child Care Research Scholars grant from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to support her dissertation research. Through the lens of implementation science, AJ’s dissertation evaluated the current status of PBS professional development, implementation and sustainability in the state of Kansas. As a post-doctoral fellow, AJ aims to keep expanding and strengthening her lines of inquiry on PBS and coaching through conducting community-based research.
Before her Ph.D. study, AJ worked as a preschool teacher at general education settings, and then she became a special education teacher working with young children with Autism. During her training to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), she provided direct service to preschoolers with disabilities and severe behavior difficulties at an early intensive intervention setting. AJ’s passion in coaching originated from her four-year experience as a university supervisor supporting student teachers’ practicum and pursuit of teaching licenses. AJ believes that her experiences with children, families, and practitioners on the ground has been and will continue fuel her growth as a researcher.
Juniper Gardens Children's Project
444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 300
Kansas City, KS 66101-2914