SEPSEA Publications List

This is a collection of publications from SEPSEA Member States. Many of the publications were compiled from Think College Affinity Group on Research in Inclusive Higher Education.

*Disclaimer: SEPSEA is not endorsing any of the research contained within this Shared Space.
This is simply a communication tool to foster research collaboration among SEPSEA members.

Articles & Briefs

Bavonese, J. L., Connor, C., Wheat, V., Beard, L., & Owens, L. A. (2017). Collaboration Opportunities within University Teacher Education Programs. Journal of Education and Social Policy, 4, 72-79.

Becht, K., Blades, C., Agarwal, R., & Burke. S. (in press). Academic access and progress for students with intellectual disability in inclusive postsecondary education: A systematic review of research. Inclusion, Advance online publication, 

Becht, K., Roberts-Dahm, L.D., Meyer, A., Giarrusso, D., & Still-Richardson, E. (in press). Inclusive postsecondary education programs of study for students with intellectual disability. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability.

Bridges, S. A., Robinson, O. P., Stewart, E. W., Kwon, D., & Mutua, K. (2019). Augmented Reality: Teaching Daily Living Skills to Adults With Intellectual Disabilities. Journal of Special Education Technology. doi: 10.1177/ 0162643419836411.

Bumble, J. L., Carter, E. W., Bethune, L., Day, T., & McMillan, E. (2018). Community conversations on inclusive higher education for students with intellectual disability. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 42(1), 29-42. doi: 10.1177/2165143418781303.

Carter, E. W., Gustafson, J. R., Mackay, M. M., Martin, K., Parsley, M., Graves, J., Day, T., McCabe, L., Lazarz, H., McMillan, E., Beeson, T., Schiro-Geist, C., Williams, M., & Cayton, J. (2018). Motivations and expectations of peer mentors within inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual disability. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals. 2165143418779989.

Gilson, C. B., Carter, E. W., Bumble, J. L., & McMillan, E. D. (2018). Family perspectives on integrated employment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Research & Practice For Persons With Severe Disabilities, 43, 20-37. doi:10.1177/1540796917751134

Giust, A. M., & Valle-Riestra, D. M. (2017). Supporting mentors working with students with intellectual disabilities in higher education. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 21(2), 144-157. doi:10.1177/1744629516651019

Harrison, A. J., Bisson, J. B., & Laws, C. B. (2019). Impact of an inclusive postsecondary education program on implicit and explicit attitudes toward intellectual disability. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 57(4). 323-336. doi: 10.1352/1934-9556.57.4.323

Jones, M.M., Boyle, M., Hart, D., May, C.P., Paiewonsky, M., Prohn, S., Updike, J., Weir, C., & Wheeler, C. (in press). Building Inclusive Campus Communities: A Framework for Inclusion. Insight: A Think College Brief on Policy, Research, & Practice.

Jones, M.M. & Goble, Z. (2012). Creating effective mentoring partnerships for students with intellectual disabilities on campus. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 9(4), 270-278.

Jones, M., Weir, C., & Hart, D. (2011). Impact on teacher education programs of students with intellectual disabilities attending college, Insight: A Think College Brief on Policy, Research, & Practice, (6),

Kearns, J., Kleinert, H., Harrison, B., Sheppard-Jones, K., Hall, M. & Jones, M. (2011).What does ‘College and career ready’ mean for students with significant cognitive disabilities? Policy Paper, National Alternate Assessment Center.

Kelley, K. R. & Prohn, S. M. (in press). Postsecondary and employment expectations of families and students with intellectual disability. Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education.

Kelley, K. R., & Buchanan, S. K. (2017). College to career ready: Innovative practices that lead to integrated employment. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 46, 327-332. doi:10.3233/JVR-170869

Kleinert, H.L., Jones, M.M., Sheppard-Jones, K.A., Harp, B., & Harrison, B.M. (2012). Students with intellectual disabilities going to college?  Absolutely!. Teaching Exceptional Children, 44(5), 26-35.

Lipscomb, A. H., Anderson, M., & Gadke, D. L. (2018). Comparing the effects of ClassDojo with and without Tootling intervention in a postsecondary special education classroom setting. Psychology in the Schools, 55(10), 1287-1301.

Manikas, A., Carter, E. W., & Bumble, J. (2018). Inclusive community service among college students with and without Intellectual Disability: A pilot study. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 31(3), 241-261.

Miller-Raines, S.E., Parsley, M., & Roberts-Dahm, L.D. (2019, November). SEPSEA: Working together to create quality inclusive college programs in the Southeast US and beyond. Poster presented at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference, Washington, DC.

Prince, A. M., Plotner, A. J., & Bridges, W. C. (2018). Postschool Engagement Predictors for Youth with Intellectual Disability: Results from South Carolina. Exceptionality, 1-15.

Prohn, S. M., Kelley, K. R., & Westling, D. L. (2019). Supports’ perspectives on the social experiences of college students with intellectual disability. Inclusion, 7(2), 111-124.

Prohn, S. M., Kelley, K. R., & Westling, D. L. (2018). Students with intellectual disability going to college: What are the outcomes? A pilot study. Exceptionality. doi: 10.1080/09362835.2018.1480946

Plotner, A. J., & May, C. (2019). A comparison of the college experience for students with and without disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 23(1), 57-77. doi: 10.1177/1744629517719346

Plotner, A. J., Ezell, J. A., VanHorn, C. S., & Rose, C. A. (in press). An investigation of coping strategies used by students with intellectual disability in college. Inclusion, Advance online publication,

Randall, K. N., Adams, S. E., Kiss, C., Johnson, F., & Ryan, J. B. (2019). Use of iPhone task analysis application to increase employment related chores for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Special Education Technology. doi: 10.1177/0162643419836410

Ricciardelli, L. A., & Britton Laws, C. (2019). Using social work values and ethics to enhance social inclusion in post-secondary education: A value-critical approach. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 16(1), 39-52. 

Roberts, D. A., & Roach, A. (2018). Facilitating inclusive postsecondary education: A school psychology perspective. The School Psychologist, 72(2), 39-49. 

Ryan, J. B., Randall, K. N., Walters, E., & Morash-MacNeil, V. (2019) Employment and independent living outcomes of a mixed model post-secondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 50(1), 61-2.

Schwantes, M., & Rivera, E. (2017). “A team working together to make a big, nice, sound”: An action research pilot study in an inclusive college setting. Arts In Psychotherapy, (55), 1-10. doi:10.1016/j.aip.2017.01.011

Sheppard-Jones, K., Kleinert, H., Butler, L., & Whaley, B. (2018). Life Outcomes and Higher Education: The Need for Longitudinal Research Using a Broad Range of Quality of Life Indicators. Intellectual and developmental disabilities, 56(1), 69-74.

Sheppard-Jones, K., Kleinert, H., Druckemiller, W., & Kovacevich, M. (2015). Students with intellectual disability in higher education: Adult service provider perspectives. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 53(2), 120-128.

Sheppard-Jones, K., Reilly, V., & Jones, M.M. (2013). The importance of collaborating on concurrent work and education opportunities: Kentucky experiences. Insight: A Think College Brief on Policy, Research, & Practice, (22),

Smith, C. C., Cihak, D. F., Kim, B., McMahon, D. D., & Wright, R. (2017). Examining Augmented Reality to Improve Navigation Skills in Postsecondary Students With Intellectual Disability. Journal of Special Education Technology, 32(1), 3-11.

Smith, C. C., Cihak, D. F., McMahon, D. D., & Coleman, M. B. (2019). Examining digital messaging applications for postsecondary students With intellectual disability. Journal of Special Education Technology. doi:10.117/0162643418822107.

Taylor, K. L., Skinner, C. H., Cazzell, S. S., Gibbons, S. D., Ryan, K., Ruddy, J. L., ... & Cihak, D. (2018). Disfluent Font Can Hinder Sight-Word Acquisition in Students With Intellectual Disability. Remedial and Special Education. doi: 10.1177/0741932518771749.

Thorpe, S., & Oakes, L. (2019). Sexual health training needs for postsecondary education program staff: A mixed methods study. Journal of Inclusive Postsecondary Education, 1(2).

Whaley, B., (2014). The disability landscape is changing: Making higher education more inclusive. Job Training and Placement Report, 38(12), Impact Publications Waupaca, WI. 


Grigal, M., Madaus, J., Dukes, L.., & Hart, D. (2018). Navigating the Transition from High School to College for Students with Disabilities. New York, NT: Routledge. (Available online:

Southeast Postsecondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA) 2017 booklet 


Roberts-Dahm, L.D. (2017). Inclusive Higher Education and Employment: A Secondary Analysis of Program Components (Order No. 10639322). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1989778395).

Harrington, L. G. (2017). "(Un)Restricting the Imagination: Community Engaged Research Involving College Students with Intellectual Disabilities and Implications on Scholarship, Postsecondary Programming and Pedagogy in Higher Education." The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2017.


North Carolina Postsecondary Education Alliance. (2019). North Carolina Inclusive Postsecondary Education Alliance Quarterly Newsletter. Retrieved from

State Research Briefs

Thacker, J., & Sheppard-Jones, K. (2011). Research brief: Higher education for students with intellectual disabilities: A Study of KY OVR counselors. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky, Human Development Institute. Retrieved from