John Andresen is a graduate research assistant at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community and a PhD student in Special Education at Indiana University – Bloomington.
Andresen’s background is in education, working as a junior high school special education teacher for 4 years. His research includes many areas surrounding the transition to adulthood for individuals with intellectual disabilities, focusing on Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) programs across the nation. Specifically, Andresen’s research is interested in the impact of these programs on students’ long-term employability.
Andresen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Purdue University, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Indiana University.
My passion for my research agenda is driven by my mother, who was a special education teacher throughout my childhood. With this guiding force, I have been fortunate enough to work as a camp director for children and adults with disabilities, serve as a junior high school special education teacher in the Hoosier state, and now have the opportunity to work with the IIDC. I hope to continue to pursue my line of inquiry to identify efficient, effective, and equitable practices for the transition to adulthood for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID)
- Employment for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
- Teacher Education
- Disability Policy Advocacy
- Damico, G. A., Ruich, L. J., Andrésen, J. M., & Butera, G. (2019). Learning to Teach: Cultivating Practice in a Mentor-Candidate Relationship. In Handbook of Research on Field-Based Teacher Education(pp. 587-612). IGI Global.
Awards and Honors
- Faculty Doctoral Fellowship