Pamela J. Crooke is the Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Research, Content, Clinical Services, and the Social Thinking Training & Speakers Collaborative.
Dr. Crooke has co-authored, with Michelle Garcia Winner, five award-winning books related to Social Thinking: Socially Curious and Curiously Social, You Are a Social Detective, Social Fortune or Social Fate, Social Town, and their book geared to adults, Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough. She and Winner collaborate on writing articles and blogs that appear on the Social Thinking website and in a wide array of publications.
Prior to joining the Social Thinking team in San Jose, she coordinated the Autism interdisciplinary clinical services at the Tucson Alliance for Autism in Tucson, Arizona, served as a clinical and academic faculty member of three universities, and worked in the Arizona public schools for 15 years. Pam is a prolific speaker both here in North America and abroad, giving workshops, presentations, and training staff on Social Thinking. She is on the board and/or is a member of a wide range of organizations related to social thinking and speech-language services, and has been the recipient of several grants and awards related to autism spectrum disorders.
She received her B.S. and M.S. in Speech Pathology/Audiology from Idaho State University and PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Treatment efficacy in social and relational therapies for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome and high-functioning autism remains Pam's area of emphasis. Her research-based article documenting the effectiveness of using the Social Thinking vocabulary, "Brief report: Measuring the Effectiveness of Teaching Social Thinking to Children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA), (Crooke, Hendrix, & Rachman, 2008), was published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
|Idaho State University
|Idaho State University
|University of Washington
|2012 - Current||Social Thinking
||Chief Officer: Research/Clinical
|2009 - Current
||Director: Speakers' Collaborative
|2007 - Current
||Social Thinking Center
|2007 - 2012
||San Jose State University
|2002 - 2007
||University of Arizona
Autism Clinic Extension - Coordinator
|2000 - 2004
|Owner/Partner - Private Practice
|1992 - 2007
Tucson Unified School District
|Co-Coordinator - Autism Program
Autism Diagnostic Team - TUSD
Publications (Books, Articles, Peer Reviewed)
Crooke, P. J., & Olswang, L. (2015-in press). Practice-based Research: Another Pathway for Closing the Research-Practice Gap. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.
Lee, K. Y. S., Crooke, P. J., Lui, A.L.Y, Kan, P.P.K, Luke, K.L, Mak, Y.M, Cheung, P.M.P, Cheng, L., & Wong, I. (2015). The outcome of a social cognitive training for mainstream adolescents with social communication deficits in a Chinese community, International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, doi:10.1080/1034912X.2015.1065960
Winner, M.G. & Crooke, P. J. (2014). Executive functioning and social pragmatic communication skills: Exploring the threads in our social fabric. Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, Vol. 21 (2), pp. 42-50.
Winner, M. G. & Crooke P.J. (2013). Social Learning and Social Functioning: Social Thinking's Cascade of Social Functioning. Attention Magazine.
Madrigal, S., Winner, M., & Crooke, P, (2012). Social Town Citizens Discover 82 New Unthinkables. Think Social Publishing, Inc., Santa Clara, CA.
Crooke, P. & Winner, M. (2011) Social Fortune or Social Fate: A social thinking graphic novel map for social learning quest seekers, Think Social Publishing, Inc., Santa Clara, CA.
Award: (2012) International Book Awards Finalist for Young Adult: Educational
Winner, M. & Crooke, P. (2011). Good Intentions Are Not Good Enough Think Social Publishing, Inc., Santa Clara, CA.
(2012) Finalist in “General Self-Help” International Book Awards and Finalist in the "Best New Self-Help Book" Category
Winner, M. & Crooke, P. (2011). Thinking about Thinking: Social Communication for adolescents with Autism. ASHA Leader Magazine, MD.
Winner, M., Crooke, P, & Madrigal (2010). It’s a Girl Thing or Is it?: Social Thinking and Social Skills in Girls, Teens, and Women with Social Learning Issues, Autism Asperger Digest,
Winner, M. G. & Crooke P. J. (2009). Assessing the Social Mind in Action: The Importance of Informal Dynamic Assessments, Autism News:Education/Therapy, Vol. 5(2), pp. 12-16.
Winner, M. & Crooke, P. (2009). Social Thinking: A Training Paradigm for Professionals and Treatment Approach for Individuals with Social Learning/Social Pragmatic Challenges
Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 16 62-69
Winner, M. & Crooke, P. (2009). Socially Curious and Curiously Social: A social thinking guidebook for Bright Teens and young adults. Think Social Publishing, Santa Clara, CA.
(2012) International Book Awards Finalist - Youth Issues
(2012) International Book Awards Winner - Children's/Mind/Body/Spirit
Winner, M.G. & Crooke, P. (2008). You are a social Detective: Explaining social thinking to kids, Think Social Publishing, Santa Clara, CA.
(2012) Autism Society of America: Literary Excellence Award
(2012) NAPPA Parenting Award
(2012) Mom’s Choice Award
Crooke, P., Hendrix, R., & Rachman, J. (2008). BRIEF REPORT: The effectiveness of teaching social thinking to adolescents with Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism. Journal of
Autism and Developmental Disorders (38) 3.
Kreiymeyer, K., Crooke, P., Drye, C., Egbert, C., & Klein, B. (2000). Observed Outcomes of a co-enrolled Classroom: Teachers’ Perspectives. In Antia, S. and Stinson, M., (Eds.), Inclusive Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students, Volta Review Monographs.
Presentations (2009 - Present)
- 100+ full day workshops/conferences addressing various Social Thinking topics around various states in the United States
- International Meeting of Autism Research (2014)
- Geneva Center (Autism Research)
- 2009-2015: Social Thinking conferences/workshop topics: Israel, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Canada, Philippines, Malaysia, Argentina, Guatemala, and Spain.
- American Speech, Language and Hearing Convention Invited Session (2013): Implementation Science: Moving Evidence Into Practice & Giving Practice Evidence
- American Speech, Language and Hearing Convention (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Crooke, P., Hendrix, R., & Rachman, J. (2008) Teaching Social Thinking to Children with Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism: An Effectiveness Study, Poster Session for California Speech, Language & Hearing Association
Crooke, P., Hendrix, R., & Rachman, J. (2007) Teaching Social Thinking to Children with ASD: An Effectiveness Study, American Speech Language, & Hearing Association National Conference, Boston, Massachusetts.
Crooke, P. (2006) Communication and Social Thinking in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
(Invited Speaker), NSSLHA Regional Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.
Crooke, P. (2005) Facilitating Social Exchanges Using a Peer Template, Poster Session, American Speech, Language, & Hearing Association National Convention, San Diego, California.
Crooke, P. (2004) Talking Template: Structured Peer Interviews with Children Diagnosed with Autism, Poster Session, Arizona Speech and Hearing Association State Convention.
University Courses (Primary Instructor):
University of Arizona: Clinical Instructor - graduate clinical practicum and diagnostics (2002-2007)
Autism Course (2005-2006)
San Jose State University: Clinical Faculty for diagnostics coursework and practicum (2007-2012) and Academic Faculty for Language Disorders (Spring 2011)
- 2013 - 2014 ASHA Foundation Implementation Science Taskforce
- 2007 - 2012 Chapel Haven West Advisory Board Member
- 2007 - Present Teach SOCIAL! Silicon Valley Board Member
- 2006 - 2010 Vanguard Advisory Board Member
- 1987 – Present American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA)
- 2007 – Present California Speech, Language and Hearing Association (CaSHA)
- 2007 – Present Santa Clara County Speech, Language Hearing Association (SccSLHA)
- 1990 – Present Autism Society –National (ASA)
- 2003 – 2007 Arizona Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ArSHA)
- 2004 - 2007 Tucson Alliance for Autism Board Member
Grant/Foundation Activities & Awards:
- California Speech, Language and Hearing Association (CSHA), District 4 – Outstanding Achievement Co-recipient with Michelle Garcia Winner, 2011
- Crooke, P. & Jacques, N. (2008) Special Hope Foundation; Social Thinking in the Schools ($50,000)
- Crooke, P. (2005-present) Tucson Alliance for Autism – Anonymous Donor ($100,000 annually)
- Crooke, P. (2007) The WEST Grant for Children with Autism ($8500)
- Crooke, P. (2005) Alltel Grant for Infusing Art into Educating Children with Autism ($1500)
- Crooke, P. (2004) Volpe Fund for Children with Asperger Syndrome ($10,000).
- Crooke, P. (2003). Providing Education for Children with Autism and Related Communication Disorders. Robidoux Foundation ($20,000).
- Crooke, P. & Tucker, C. (1999-2002) Educational and Communicative Interventions for Children with Autism. Robidoux Foundation ($3000/year).
- Tom Jenkins Award for Outstanding Clinical Service to Individuals with Autism – October 2005.
Financial: Pamela Crooke is employed by Think Social Publishing, Inc. as an author/speaker and receives compensation for her presentations. She is also employed by the Social Thinking clinic as a therapist. She receives no royalties for her books or publications.
Non-financial: No relevant non-financial relationship exists.