Mastery of Subject Matter

Here is a list of activities documenting my areas of professional expertise.  At the bottom of the page is a link where you can view the corresponding evidence.

I. Formal Preparation:

PhD in Social Policy                                                                                     May 2013

Lurie Fellow in Disability Policy Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Here is a photo of the ceremony!Evidence Mastery of Subject Matter-4

M.A. in Social Policy                                                                                      May 2010

Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Special Education               May 2008

University of Maine

Certificate in Brain Research in Education                                               June 2006

University of Washington

M.Ed in Special Education                                                                           August 1986

Concentration: Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities

University of Maine

B.S. in Elementary Education                                                                      June 1985

Northeastern University


II. Awards


Recipient of the Lurie Fellowship in Disability Policy                            2008-2013

at Brandeis University.  My profile is featured on the

Lurie Institute website and includes a link to the

SUNY Cortland FSA Department faculty directory


Recipient of the 2013 Researcher Hero Among Us Award                    October 2013

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental


Here is a photo from the award ceremony in Mystic, CT on October 25, 2013.Evidence Mastery of Subject Matter-7

III. Reputation

This section contains requests I’ve received for recommended resources, guest lectures and manuscript reviews.  Please click on the link at the bottom to view the evidence for these requests.

(1)  Requests from colleagues

  • Request for course readings on disability policy from Dr. Susan Parish, Associate Dean for Research and the Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Disability Policy and Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University.  January 2014


  • Request for materials for research course from Dr. Marji Erickson Warfield Starr Center on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  October 2013


  • Request for guest lecture from Dr. Wanda Kent Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences SUNY Cortland April 2013


(2)  Accepted Peer-reviewed conference papers (earliest to most recent)

  • TASH Conference (Equity, Opportunity and Inclusion for People with Disabilities) Dec 2013  Chicago IL
  • CEC Council for Exceptional Children proposal accepted for April 2014 Philadelphia PA
  • TASH Conference presented December 2014 Washington DC
  • American Educational Research Association April 2015  Chicago, IL (accepted)
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Upcoming paper presentation  Flipping the script: Exploring the impact of curriculum modules on access to knowledge and teacher professionalism.  Third Social Realism Symposium, Jesus College, Cambridge University,

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(3) Teacher certification

Massachusetts General Education Teacher k-8

Maine General Education Teacher k-6

Maine Special Education Teacher 280 Mild/Moderate Disabilities k-12

Maine Special Education Teacher 282 Severe Disabilities k-12

Maine Special Education 079 Special Education Consultant


(4)  Invited Reviewer for professional journals

  1. Maternal & Child Health Journal
  2. Children & Youth Services Review
  3. Review of Disability Studies An International Journal
  4. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities

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