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Ishita Khemka

Associate Professor
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Special Education Programs
Education Specialties
PhD, Special Education with Focus on Intellectual Disability and Autism, Columbia Universtiy
MA, Special Education, Columbia University, Teachers College
BA, Economics, University of Delhi, India
Dr. Khemka received her Ph.D. with distinction from Columbia University in the area of Intellectual Disability and Autism in 1997. She has been involved in teacher preparation programs for many years and has taught previously at Teachers College, Columbia University and Long Island University, C.W. Post, NY. She has directed several intervention-based research and evaluation projects and has extensive experience in bilingual evaluation and arts based programming for students with special needs. Dr. Khemka’s research addresses interpersonal decision-making theory and prevention of peer-victimization, bullying and abuse in adults and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism. She is the lead author of 2 evidence based instructional programs (ESCAPE and PEER-DM) designed to provide effective, strategy-based decision making training for the reduction of risk and abuse. Her ongoing research focuses on studying the impact of cyber bullying in school-aged children with special needs and in designing targeted, disability-specific interventions. Dr. Khemka is active in supporting St. John’s Vincentian Mission of service and learning and oversees several student engagement projects throughout the academic year. These projects are accessible to students in the undergraduate and graduate programs in Special Education and the School of Education. She also directs and supports an arts based literacy program for children and youth living in poverty in New Delhi, India.

Research Interests

Intellectual Disabilities, Autism. Program Evaluation, Curriculum Development for Prevention of Abuse and Peer Victimization

Courses Taught

EDU
9706
CUR ADPT MOD PLAN EX STU ADOL
EDU
9707
CUR ADPT MOD PLAN EX STU CHILD
EDU
9718
CUR INS DES IND EXC MATH SC SS

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Journal Articles

Khemka, I., Hickson, L., and Mallory, S. B. (2016). Evaluation of a Decision-Making Curriculum for Teaching Adolescents with Disabilities to Resist Negative Peer Pressure. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities/Springer. vol. 46,

Hickson, L., Khemka, I., Golden, H., and Chatzistyli, A. (2015). Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate an Abuse Prevention Curriculum for Women and Men with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities . American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. . vol. 120, pp. 490-503.

Keywords: 
Intellectual and developmental disabilities
prevention of abuse
evidence based decision making training
Autism spectrum disorders
abuse prevention