Ishita Khemka, Ph.D.
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 now 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 new 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 has recently set-up a few service projects providing differentiated instruction to diverse learners in the community. These projects are accessible to students in the undergraduate and graduate programs in Special Education. She also directs and supports an arts based literacy program for children and youth living in poverty in New Delhi, India.
Intellectual Disabilities, Autism. Program Evaluation, Curriculum Development for Prevention of Abuse and Peer Victimization