Frank Sansosti

Dr. Frank Sansosti

Lifespan Dev & Educ Sciences
Associate Professor
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Frank J. Sansosti, Ph.D., NCSP is Assistant Director of the School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences (LDES) and Professor of School Psychology at Kent State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Kent State University, Dr. Sansosti worked as a school psychologist and autism consultant for the District School Board of Pasco County in West Central Florida. While in this role, he provided coaching and technical assistance for early intervention and best-practice approaches for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and low-incidence disabilities (LID) in inclusive settings. Dr. Sansosti’s academic and professional career has centered on the provision of evidence-based instruction/intervention to students with ASD/LID and related disabilities within naturalistic, inclusive contexts. Such work has concentrated on the development and implementation of behavioral and social skills interventions for young children with ASD, best practice approaches for the inclusion of students with LID, the use of technologically derived interventions to improve educational outcomes, and systemic approaches to improving student outcomes. His most recent research has examined the utility of eye-tracking measures to understand the nature of text-processing and reading comprehension difficulties in students with ASD. In addition to research in the areas of ASD/LID, Dr. Sansosti has expertise in the role and function of school psychology/special education; assessment and intervention of childhood disorders; Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)/Response to Intervention (RTI); and collaborative practices within special education. Dr. Sansosti remains active in conducting professional workshops to educators at local, regional, state, national, and international venues; and, he serves as a consultant to the Ohio Department of Education and multiple school districts. He is Editor of the Journal of Applied School Psychology, Consulting Editor of Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, and an ad-hoc reviewer for nine other journals in special education.


Ph.D., School Psychology, University of South Florida, M.A., School Psychology, University of South Florida, B.S., Psychology, University of Pittsburgh


Evidence-based interventions for children with ASD & related disabilities; Systemic approaches to improving student outcomes (i.e., PBIS, MTSS/RTI); Fostering educators’ adoption and evaluation of evidence-based practices/services

Research Methods

Single subject research design/small sample time series analysis, Non-parametric statistics, Descriptive and fundamental inferential statistics