Double S Instructional Systems

Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Choices for People with Developmental Disabilities

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Dr. Martin R. Sheehan, integrates a background in research psychology, Direct Instruction, special education, and media development. He is the owner of Double S Instructional Systems and has received federal funding for over 10 National Institutes of Health Small Business grant projects.
He has served as the Principal
Investigator for projects on improving anger management for adults with disabilities, positive behavior supports for educators who work with challenging students, dangerous drug prevention, nutrition, weight loss and exercise, leisure, and future planning programs for individuals with Developmental Disabilities.
For 12 years he worked as an administrator in charge of programs for high school students with moderate to severe developmental disabilities. At that time he developed and supervised classrooms for students with autism and other developmental disabilities who exhibited severe acting out behaviors.

He also has worked in the past as a therapist for a local counseling center and specialized in helping individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and also with helping parents with their difficult children.
Dr. Sheehan continues to serve on numerous NIH Center for Scientific Review study groups, including the Biobehavioral and Social Science Review Group in the area of Risk, Prevention, and Health Behavior.  

Martin has two grown children, Patrick and Colleen. In his spare time he likes to go bird watching, mushroom hunting, and walking the ocean beach near Florence with his wife. He also enjoys playing the guitar.

Dr. Laura Backen Jones has teamed with Dr. Sheehan for over 10 years in implementing and evaluating multimedia health prevention and intervention program for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) and the people who support them. In particular, she has significant experience and expertise in all aspects of formative development, including focus groups and expert key informant interviews. For the past 20 years, Dr. Jones has worked in the community setting as a practitioner, coordinating a parenting center that served over 500 families each year. In addition, Laura is an Associate Scientist at Oregon Research Institute where her research is focused on mindfulness an acceptance-based approaches to reducing stress and increasing well-being among teachers and parents. Laura has expertise in developing and evaluating web-based programs, including three NIH funded projects to develop and evaluate online parenting programs and on online youth suicide prevention program for high school staff.

Laura has three grown children, Nick, Gwen, and Kate. IN her spare time Laura likes to hike, do martial arts, and dabble in marathons
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