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Blacher, Jan B
Dr. Blacher publishes widely on issues related to families, mental retardation, and out-of-home placement. Dr. Blacher is Principal Investigator of the UC Riverside Families Project, a 16-year longitudinal study of families who have children with severe handicaps, funded by NICHD. She is also Co-Investigator on The Collaborative Family Study, a multi-site longitudinal study (UCR, UCLA, Penn State) of children's emotional regulation and predictors of psychiatric disorder.
2006 American Association for the Advancement of Science, Psychology
Jan Blacher received her A.B. in Psychology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and her Ph.D. in Special Education/Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently Professor of Education at the University of California, Riverside. She is known nationally for her research on mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. Over the years, Dr. Blacher has served as consulting editor for the American Journal on Mental Retardation and Mental Retardation; she has served as reviewer for numerous other journals focused on child development and developmental disabilities. She has written extensively on such topics as: out-of-home placement of children and young adults with severe disabilities; relationship between family functioning and mental retardation; dual diagnosis in mental retardation; and the impact of mental diagnosis, assessment, services, and coping in Latino children and families. Dr. Blacher's current research, which is longitudinal in nature, focuses on families of children and young adults with retardation; disability and family coping in a cultural context; issues of dual diagnosis in Anglo and Latino families; and the transition to adulthood for young adults with severe retardation and their families.
Blacher, J., Lopez, S., Shapiro, J., & Fusco, J. (1997). Contributions to depression in Latina mothers with and without children with retardation: Implications for caregiving. Family Relations, 46, 325-335.; Blacher, J., Baker, B.L. & Feinfeld, K.A. (1999). Leaving or launching? Continuing family involvement with children and adolescents in placement. American Journal on Mental Retardation, 104, 452-465.; Blacher, J. (2000). Families and exceptionality: Better than ever. Early Education and Development. Special Issue: Families and Exceptionality, 11, 391-393.; Blacher, J. (in press). The transition to adulthood: Mental retardation, families, and culture. American Journal of Mental Retardation.; Blacher, J., Guest Editor (2000). Early Education and Development. Special Issue: Families and Exceptionality, 11.; Blacher, J., & Baker, B.L. (in press). The best of AAMR. Families and mental retardation: A collection of notable AAMR journal articles across the 20th century. Washington, DC: American Association on Mental Retardation.