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What is the ambitious goal of the ASSIST Lab?

Join this team and explore how to best prepare students with disabilities for college and support them in achieving their goals for life after high school.

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Experience Gained

Are you interested in participating in cutting edge research on how to support students with disabilities succeed, and prepare for, postsecondary education? If so, The ASSIST Lab can offer you the chance to work on several projects focused on these goals.

Methodologies and/or Technologies used to achieve project goals:

  • case studies
  • fieldwork
  • instructional design
  • K-12 outreach and collaboration
  • participant/study observations
  • qualitative research methods
  • quantitative research methods
  • structured interviewing
  • data entry and analysis
  •  writing and presenting study results.

Majors and Interests Needed

No previous coursework is required. It is preferred students have taken, or plan to enroll in, ED-ESP 250 (ED-ESP 510 at the graduate level). Experience with individuals with disabilities is also preferred, but not required. Undergraduate students interested in enrolling at the 400-level must have previously completed experience in the lab with exceptional performance.

Students interested in graduate studies in education, psychology, and social work are especially encouraged to collaborate with us in the ASSIST Lab!

  • Any/All
  • Counselor Education
  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Foundation Studies
  • Early and Special Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Family Studies
  • Literacy, Language & Culture
  • Psychological Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Teacher Education
  • Social Work

VIP Coach Information

Dr. Jeremy Ford, is an assistant professor in the Early & Special Education Department Boise State University. Dr. Ford is a specialist-level trained, and nationally certified, school psychologist. Prior to joining the faculty at Boise State University, he earned his Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning (Special Education subtrack) from The University of Iowa with an emphasis in School Curriculum and Assessment Policy.

Contact:; Education Building, Room 204; (208) 426-3544

Course Information

Full semester course.
Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits in VIP 200, VIP 400, or VIP 500
Team meetings: 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM on Mon, Wed, Fri

Want to join the team?

For more information about this project and to request a permission number to register contact Dr. Ford at OR complete this interest form and someone will contact you. Check out this page for tips on contacting a professor.

To register:  search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, read the project description to find the right section of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions Add with a permission number

Hear from the faculty lead of the ASSIST Lab

Dr. Jeremy Ford, faculty lead for the ASSIST Lab explains this VIP and what excites him about it. Dr. Ford is an associate professor in the Early & Special Education Department at Boise State and is a specialist-level trained, and nationally certified, school psychologist.

Video contains closed captions. For a descriptive transcript, please access Video Transcript – Jeremy Ford

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