Jessica Holmes is the study coordinator for the A+ Development study that is part of the Duke Autism Center of Excellence. Her responsibilities include coordinating study activities; recruiting and retaining study participants according to milestones and maintaining all documentation; collecting, compiling, documenting and analyzing research data; providing direction to study teams with preparation for study monitoring or study audit visits, and addressing and correcting audit/monitor findings; communicating and coordinating with other study personnel for study implementation.
Jessica completed her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology at the University of North Carolina. She participated in coding data on autism and Fragile X projects at Frank Porter Graham during her senior year. After college she accepted a research assistant position at Vanderbilt University on a multi-site Hanen More Than Words study. Here she administered, recorded and coded assessments for the project. Jessica then went on to obtain her Masters of Arts in Teaching in Special Education from the University of Georgia with a specialization in Autism and Early Childhood. For her graduate thesis, Jessica looked at the use of peer modeling to teach object imitation to preschool children with disabilities. She then taught in Orange County Schools as an itinerant teacher in the preschool special education program where she created a classroom to provide intervention for children and allow them an opportunity to interact with each other. For the past three years, Jessica has worked as a Service Coordinator for Mecklenburg County Children’s Developmental Services where she supported families in gaining services and support for their children, birth to three years old. She was known to take cases that involved autism, complex medical diagnoses and social services. Jessica is an active board member in a non-profit supporting families of children diagnosed with gastroschisis.