Jane O’Regan Kleinert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Div. of Communication Disorders

Jane O’Regan Kleinert received her Bachelors degree in Speech and Hearing from Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY and her Master’s of Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1975. She received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Kentucky in 2005. She holds the Developmental Disabilities Certificate from the UK Human Development Institute as well.

Dr. Kleinert is licensed and certified as a Speech-Language Pathologist with 35 years of experience in service delivery and program administration in the areas of pediatrics and services to persons with severe developmental disabilities.

Scholarly / Research Focus

Dr. Kleinert is the Co-PI for 3 grant funded projects including the PREPaRE grant, a federal grant to fund CSD, PT and OT students for work with children with disabilities in rural areas; the TAALC(Teaching Age Appropriate Learning via Communication) project, a State Personnel Development Grant from the KY Dept. of Education designed to improve communication services and use of AAC for students with the most significant disabilities; and the NCSC (National Center and State Collaborative) a federally funded grant project designed to develop alternate assessments. She was the PI for the Kentucky Youth Advocacy Project, a grant from the Kentucky Council on Developmental Disabilities for teaching self-determination skills to students with disabilities. Her research focuses on communication programming and learning characteristics of students with significant disabilities who participate in the Alternate Assessment in the public schools; developing coaching programs for teachers and SLPs in the schools in order to improve communication services to students with significant disabilities, and the relationship between communication competence and self-determination for persons with developmental disabilities.

Teaching areas

Early intervention; communication for persons with severe disabilities; pediatric dysphasia and motor-speech disorders; pediatric articulation and phonology.

Book Chapters

  • Kleinert, J., Kearns, J., & Kleinert, H. (2010). Toward symbolic language through academic curriculum. In H. Kleinert & J. Kearns (Eds.), Meaningful outcomes for students with significant cognitive disabilities: Alternate assessments on alternate achievement standards. Baltimore, MD: Paul Brookes Publishers.
  • Kleinert, J., & Effgen, S. Early Intervention, 2nd. Ed. (2012). In: Meeting the physical therapy needs of children, 2nd edition. Ed: Susan Effgen F.A. Davis Publishers.
  • Kleinert, J. & Effgen, S. (2005). Early intervention. In Meeting the Physical Therapy Needs of Children. Susan Effgen, Ed. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company.

Most Recent Publications

  • Kleinert, J., Harrison, B., Mills, K., Dueppen, B., & Trailor, A.M. (in press). Self-determined goal selection and planning by students with disabilities across grade bands and disability categories. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities.
  • Kleinert, J., Harrison, B., Kleinert, H., Fisher, T. (2010). I can and I did: Self-advocacy training for younger children with disabilities. TEACHING Exceptional Children. Vol. 43, No. 2.
  • Kearns, J., Towles-Reeves, E., Kleinert, H., Kleinert, J., & Thomas, M. (2010). Characteristics of and implications for students participating in alternate assessments based on alternate academic achievement standards. Journal of Special Education Online.
  • Kearns, J., Towles-Reeves, E., Kleinert, H., & Kleinert, J. (2009). Who are the children that take alternate achievement standards assessments? In W. Schafer & R. Lissitz (Eds.), Alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards: Policy, practice and potential (pp. 3-22). Baltimore: Paul Brookes.
  • Towles-Reeves, E., Kearns, J., Kleinert, H., & Kleinert, J. (2009). Knowing what students know: Defining the student population taking alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards. The Journal of Special Education, 42, 241-254.
  • Kleinert, J. & Stewart, S. (2007). The need for technical literacy in doctoral education: A preliminary survey. The Journal of Allied Health, 36, 88-100.
  • Kleinert, J., Gonzalez, L., Schuster, J., & Huebner, R. (2007). A comparison of syntax training for students with developmental disabilities utilizing clinician-directed versus self-determined session paradigms. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 42, 65-84.


Jane and her husband Harold, who is the Executive Director of Kentucky’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, the Human Development Institute also at UK, have three adult children. The Kleinerts have lived in Lexington since 1979.


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Jane O’Regan Kleinert, Ph.D.

Jane O'Regan Kleinert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Div. of Communication Disorders

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