Laura Bassette
Laura Bassette
Associate Professor of Special Education
Curriculum Vitae


Room:TC 705

Achieving Academic Excellence

Laura Bassette specializes in researching and teaching people with autism how to exercise at the gym. Read more.

About Laura Bassette

Dr. Bassette's current research explores how technology can effectively deliver behavioral interventions and facilitate learning in people with autism and developmental disabilities through socially valid community engaged projects. Her research has been published in journals including: Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, and the Journal of Special Education Technology.

Professional Experience

Prior to Ball State, Dr. Bassette earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from Purdue University in 2011. Following her doctoral program, she taught in the Exceptional Education Department at SUNY College of Old Westbury in Old Westbury, NY. She also previously worked as a behavior analyst in Central Indiana for adolescents and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities in residential settings and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoral Level (BCBA-D) in 2013. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship with an emphasis in severe disabilities in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 2015.


Ph.D. Purdue University

M.S. Purdue University

B.A. Lehigh University Psychology

A.A. Cazenovia College Liberal Studies


2014-present Indiana - Special Education (Mild & Intense Intervention) License, Secondary License # 10110757

2013-present Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Doctoral Level (BCBA-D)
Certification # 1-13-14971

2006-present Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)
Certified Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor
Registered Instructor Member # 68632

Select Publications

Bouck, E. C., Bassette, L. A., Shurr, J., Park, J., Kerr, J., & Whorley, A. (in-press). Teaching equivalent fractions to students with disabilities via the virtual- representational - abstract instructional sequence. Journal of Special Education Technology. DOI: 10.1177/0162643417727291

Bassette, L.A., Taber-Doughty, T., Brady, C. (in-press). Conversational skills instruction during therapeutic horseback riding for adolescents with mild disabilities. Scientific and Educational Journal of Therapeutic Riding.

Bouck, E.C., Park, J., Sprick, J., Shurr, J., Bassette, L.A., & Whorley, A. (2017). Using the virtual-abstract instructional sequence to teach addition of fractions. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 70, 163-174. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2017.09.002

Bassette, L. A., Taber-Doughty, T., Gama, R., Alberto, P., Yakubova, G., & Cihak, D. (2016). The use of cell phones to address safety skills for students with a moderate intellectual disability in community-based settings. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 1-11, Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/1088357616667590

Bassette, L. A. & Taber-Doughty, T. (2016). Analysis of an animal-assisted reading intervention for young adolescents with emotional/behavioral disabilities. Research in Middle Level Education Online, 39 (3), 1-20. doi: 10.1080/19404476.2016.1138728

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Prof Issues in Appd 619 804 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Prof Issues in Appd 619 809 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Prof Issues in Appd 619 810 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE