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Krystle Jalalian-Chursky

Krystle Jalalian-Chursky

Assistant Professor, Special Education

Email: jalaliank@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2365
Office: Peterson Hall 414


Education: BS, St. John’s University 2008; MS, St. John’s University, 2010; PhD, University of London, Birkbeck. At SPU since 2016.

Krystle Jalalian-Chursky joins the SOE as a full-time faculty member after having served as an adjunct professor since 2016. During this time, she taught classes in both general and special education and also served as practicum supervisor. Prior to coming to SPU, Krystle worked as a behavioral therapist, where she focused on creating and developing intervention programs for children with autism at University of Washington’s Experimental Education Unit at the Haring Center.

Krystle teaches several special education courses including severe disabilities, behavior management, individualized education programs, and special education assessment, as well as general education courses. Having done extensive research focused on children with autism, Krystle applies this knowledge into the classroom. She is interested in social communication abilities, behaviors, and language development among bilingual children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her current research focuses on the connection between disabilities and English Language Learners (ELL) in order to develop educational programs and resources to help children with autism grow academically and developmentally.

As a passionate educator, Krystle believes in giving all students a place where they feel supported and safe, and remains sensitive to students’ unique needs by developing effective plans through individual and group support, positive encouragement, and reinforcement. Krystle’s favorite expression is “Pay it Forward” and hopes to instill generosity in every student she teaches.