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Odom, Samuel

Professor and Director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

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Samuel L. Odom is the director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and professor in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina. He is the author or co-author of many refereed journal articles and editor or co-editor of seven books on early childhood intervention and developmental disabilities.

He was previously a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Educating Children with Autism, which published a report on effective educational programs for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in 2001. He also was a member of the committee that developed the 10-Year Roadmap for Autism Research, coordinated by the National Institute on Mental Health and the Interagency Autism Research Committee.

Currently, Odom is the principal investigator of the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders and a treatment comparison study of different early intervention comprehensive treatment models for young children with autism, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences.

His recent articles with his doctoral students have addressed the efficacy of a variety of focused intervention approaches for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, such as peer-mediated interventions, sibling-mediated interventions, parent-child intervention to promote joint attention and an independent work systems approach to promote learning.

In 2007, he received the Outstanding Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children.


Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 1982 - University of Washington, Special Education
  • Ed.S. 1979 - University of Tennessee Knoxville, Ed. Psych.
  • M.S. 1976 - University of Tennessee Knoxville, Special Education 
  • B.S. 1971 - University of Tennessee Knoxville, Psychology

Doctoral Program Affiliation(s)

Ph.D. in Education - Applied Developmental Science and Special Education

Research Interests

  • Early Childhood Intervention
  • School Readiness
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Special Education Research Award, Council for Exceptional Children, 2007
  • Fellow, Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics in American Institutions, Indiana University, 2004-2005
  • Service to the Field Award, Division of Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children, 2001
  • Outstanding Research Award, Special Education SIG, American Educational Research Association, 1999
  • Otting Professorship in Special Education, Indiana University, 1999-2006
  • Merle B. Karnes Award for Service to the Division, Division for Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children, 1994
  • William C. Friday Endowed Professorship in Child Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina, 1996-1998

Funded Research

  • Children’s School Success, NICHD, 2003-2009, Principal Investigator
  • Promoting Early Social-Communicative Competency in Toddlers with Autism Autism Speaks, Uni. of Northern Colorado with subcontract to UNC-CH, 2007-2010, Principal Investigator
  • Comparison of Two Treatment Models for Preschool-aged Children with Autism and Their Families, Department of Education, IES, 2007-2011, Principal Investigator
  • Professional Development Center: Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Department of Education, OSEP, 2007-2012, Principal Investigator

Selected Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children

Selected Publications

Odom, S. L., Boyd, B., Hall, L., & Hume, K. (in press). Evaluation of comprehensive treatment models for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Odom, S. L., Colett-Kingenberg, L., Rogers, S., & Hatton, D.  (in press). Evidence-based practices for children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Preventing School Failure.

Odom, S. L. (2009). The tie that binds: Evidence-based practice, implementation science, and early intervention. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 29, 53-61.

Tsao, L., Odom, S. L., Buysse, V., Skinner, M., West, T., & Vitztum-Koamecki, J.  (2008). Social participation of children with disabilities in inclusive preschool programs: Program typology and ecological features. Exceptionality, 16, 125-140.

Loftin, R. L., Odom, S. L., & Lantz, J. F.  (2008). Social interaction and repetitive behavior.  Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 38, 1124-1135.

Schertz, H. H., & Odom, S. L. (2007). Promoting joint attention in toddlers with autism:  A parent-mediated approach. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 37, 1562-1575.

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