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Faculty & Students

Faculty

Joseph W. Madaus, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education
Director and Research Scholar, Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability (CPED)

Areas of expertise:

  • Documentation of learning disabilities.
  • Transition to postsecondary education.
  • Post-school outcomes of adults with learning disabilities.
  • Universal Design for Instruction in on-line classes.

 

Mary Beth Bruder, Ph.D.

Professor of Pediatrics
, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, University of Connecticut Health Center

Areas of expertise:

  • Persons with disabilities, including the aging population.
  • Transition for students with disabilities.
  • Developmental Disabilities.
  • Early intervention.

 

Inge-Marie Eigsti, 
Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Connecticut

Areas of expertise:

  • Research on language acquisition in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) using functional brain imaging (fMRI).
  • Research on how constraints imposed by brain development and core neurocognitive processes impact more complex processes, including language abilities.
  • Speech fluency, talker identification, conversational gestures, prosody, and embodiment in ASD.

 

Rachael Gabriel,
 Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Neag School of Education

Areas of expertise:

  • Intersections of literacy learning, disability, teacher development, teacher evaluation, and related policies.
  • Role of language use in education policy.
  • Systems for teacher development and evaluation.
  • Literacy instruction.

 

Walter Keenan, J.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Educational Psychology

Areas of expertise:

  • Changes in the legal standard of disability under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).
  • The provision of academic accommodations and modifications under the ADA for postsecondary and secondary students with disabilities.
  • Determination of when an academic accommodation or modification is a fundamental alteration of postsecondary education program requirements under the ADA.

 

Donna M. Korbel, M.Ed.

Director, Center for Students with Disabilities
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs

Areas of expertise:

  • Postsecondary students with disabilities.
  • Transition for students with disabilities.
  • Student veterans.
  • Professional development of college student personnel.
  • Universal Design for Instruction.

 

Allison Lombardi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education

Areas of expertise:

  • College and career readiness.
  • Higher education experiences of underrepresented groups, particularly students with disabilities, aspiring first generation college students, and student athletes.
  • Survey design methods.

 

Joan M. McGuire, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, Department of Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education

Senior Research Scholar, Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability

Areas of expertise:

  • Inclusive college teaching strategies based on Universal Design for Instruction (UDI).
  • Postsecondary disability program development, administration, and evaluation.
  • Adults with learning disabilities including outcomes of postsecondary education and employment data.
  • Formative and summative evaluation of programs and projects such as postsecondary disability initiatives and UDI.

 

Rachelle Pérusse, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education

Areas of expertise:

  • Equity-based college and career readiness.
  • STEM, in particular encouraging underrepresented populations such as ELL students and students with disabilities to enter STEM careers.

 

Sue A. Saunders, Ph.D.

Associate Extension Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Neag School of Education

Areas of expertise:

  • Professional development needs and strategies.
  • Effective supervision of staff.

 

Stan F. Shaw, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education

Senior Research Scholar, Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability

Areas of expertise:

  • Transition from high school to college.
  • Implementation of the Summary of Performance to enhance communication between high school and postsecondary education.
  • Staff development and preparation of postsecondary disability personnel.
  • Disability policy and law.
  • Grant writing.

 

Students

Jennifer Kowitt, M.A.
jennifer.kowitt@uconn.edu

 

Adam Lalor, M.Ed.
adam.lalor@uconn.edu

 

Yan Wei, M.A.
yan.wei@uconn.edu