Natalie Andzik, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Special Education


Special and Early Education (SEED)


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis
  • M.A., California State University, Sacramento, Special Education
  • B.A., University of California, Davis, Human Development

Research Interests:

Dr. Natalie Andzik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special and Early Education at Northern Illinois University. Natalie comes to NIU from The Ohio State University where she earned a PhD in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Her research interest grew from being a special educator in California for eight years. There, she worked with students with mild to profound disabilities and supported teams when making intervention and placement decisions. When making decisions for students, Natalie found that the number one determining factor that decided their future was their ability to independently communicate.

Natalie’s research focuses on supporting communication independence among individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. From her perspective, as a former special education teacher, she believes that teachers, paraeducators, and other school-based practitioners benefit from support when implementing evidence-based practices. Natalie has published numerous articles in special education and applied behavior analysis journals including Exceptional Children and Teaching Exceptional Children.


  • SESE 456: Collaboration for Inclusive Teaching and Learning

Recent Publications:

Andzik, N. R., Chung, Y. C., Doneski-Nicol, J. & Dollarhide, C. T. (in-press). AAC Services in Schools: A Special Educators’ Perspective. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities.

Andzik, N. R., Schaefer, J. M., Nichols, R. T. & Cannella-Malone, H. I. (2017). Exploring relationships between teacher training and support strategies for students utilizing AAC. Journal of International Special Needs Education.

Andzik, N. R., Schaefer, J. M., Nichols, R. T. & Chung, Y. C. (2017). National Survey Describing and Quantifying Students With Communication Needs. Developmental Neurorehabilitation.

Brock, M. E., Cannella-Malone, H. I., Seaman, R. L., Andzik, N. R., Schaefer, J. M., Page., E. J., Barczak, M., & Dueker, S. (2017). Findings across practitioner training studies in special education: A comprehensive review and meta-analysis. Exceptional Children.

Andzik, N. R., Chung, Y. C. & Kranak, M. P. (2016) Communication opportunities for elementary school students who use augmentative and alternative communication. Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 32, 272–281.

Brock, M. E., Cannella-Malone, H. I., Schaefer, J. M., Page, J. M., Andzik, N. R., & Seaman, R. L. (2016) Efficacy of training job coaches to implement evidence-based instructional strategies. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 45, 351–364.

Schaefer, J. M., Andzik, N. R. (2016) Switch on the learning: Teaching students with significant disabilities to use switches. Teaching Exceptional Children, 48, 204­–212.

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