Hedda Meadan is an associate professor at the department of special education at the University of Illinois. She’s also a Goldstick Family Scholar and a board-certified behavior analyst. Her areas of interest include social-communication skills and challenging behavior of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. In her research projects, she partners with families and caregivers to develop and implement interventions that enhance the social-communication skills of young children with disabilities and empower their families. She has published widely on topics related to children with autism and families of children with disabilities.