Dr. Alverson is a research associate in the Secondary Special Education and Transition research unit in the College of Education. She is a technical assistance provider for the National Post-School Outcomes Center and Director of Technical Assistance and Training for the Oregon Youth Transition Program. Prior to completing her Ph.D., Dr. Alverson taught students with moderate and severe disabilities for thirteen years.
Dr. Alverson's research interests include secondary transition and post-school outcomes, transition for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability/development disabilities, and data use to improve in-school secondary special education programming. She is currently co-PI on the STEPSS PD Project, an IES Goal 2 grant to empirically develop and test a professional development (PD) intervention training district Data Teams to use data-based decision making (DBDM) to develop, implement, and evaluate action plans based on evidence-based practices and predictors of post-school success to improve students’ secondary transition skills. She PI on a College of Education grant focused on investigating transition program factors that contribute to the success of young adults with autism spectrum disorders in postsecondary education settings.