Melinda Ault, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling
232 Taylor Education Building
Melinda Jones Ault is an assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. Before coming to the university, Dr. Ault taught students with moderate and severe disabilities in rural Kentucky for 4 years. Dr. Ault served for many years as a research associate at the University of Kentucky, working on federally-funded research projects related to systematic instruction of students with moderate to severe disabilities, single subject research design, and early childhood special education. Most recently she served as the Project Director for the National Assistive Technology Research Institute, a federally funded project designed to examine factors related to the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of assistive technology services in schools.
Dr. Ault has co-authored a book related to systematic instruction for students with moderate to severe disabilities, an environmental assessment instrument for early childhood K-3 classrooms, a computer program for single subject research design, an instructional material for the implementation of assistive technology in schools, and over 35 journal articles related to her work. She regularly presents at national and international professional conferences.
Dr. Ault received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Special Education and a master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Kentucky. She received her Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Kentucky in 2010.
Her current research interests are in systematic instruction, communication, and technology applications for students with significant disabilities, and inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in their faith communities.