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Lisa Ruble, Ph.D.

Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
170E Taylor Education Building
(859) 257-4829

Dr. Ruble is a Professor, University of Kentucky Research Professor, licensed psychologist and clinician-researcher in the School Psychology Program. Her clinical work informs her research. She has provided social skills and behavioral interventions, school consultation and training, and parent training in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for more than 30 years. She has received in excess of three million dollars in research funding. SP_RubleBookShe is a member of the editorial boards of Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders and School Psychology.

Dr. Ruble is a past recipient of the “New Investigator Award” by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She served on governor-appointed councils for advising the state on services for individuals with ASD. Dr. Ruble’s work in implementation research involves understanding how evidence- based practices can best be provided in community-based settings. In two randomized controlled trials funded by the NIH, Dr. Ruble tested and replicated the effectiveness of a school-based parent-teacher consultation intervention called the Collaborative Model for Promoting Competence and Success (COMPASS). COMPASS is an effective practice for creating personalized and collaborative IEPs and treatment plans that are guided by outcomes based monitoring and coaching. She has also created tools for measuring educational quality and educational outcomes. With funding from the Institute of Educational Sciences, a new study is underway that focuses on adapting and testing a special education teacher wellness, burnout reduction intervention.

Dr. Ruble recently received a new NIH grant to develop and test a training package for COMPASS for community and school-based ASD consultants and trainers. For more information on Dr. Ruble’s research, student projects and presentations, and COMPASS, visit the Autism Services Research Group at

Dr. Ruble currently teaches courses such as supervision, advanced practicum, and consultation. Full member of the Graduate Faculty.

Vita – (PDF)

Research categories: Autism, Disabilities, Assessment, Stress, School Psychology