Program Faculty

Lisa Cushing, PhD

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Lisa Cushing’s research and teaching interests focus on increasing the quality of life for individuals with significant disabilities through the improvement of educational, social and behavioral outcomes in inclusive settings.

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Sunyoung Kim, PhD

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Kim’s primary research centers on two strands: (a) interventions for social behaviors and peer relationships of students with autism and other developmental disabilities in inclusive environments, and (b) qualitative examinations of cultural responsiveness in evidence-based interventions for children with disabilities and their families, including those from diverse racial/ethnic and linguistic backgrounds.

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Daniel Maggin, PhD

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Daniel Maggin’s research and teaching addresses three areas related to the education of students with disabilities with a particular emphasis on supporting those students with and at risk for developing emotional and behavioral disorders.

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Michelle Parker-Katz, PhD

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Michelle Parker-Katz is clinical professor of special education and teacher education whose research and clinical work focuses on preparing urban special education teachers and urban transition specialists.  She currently co-directs three personnel preparation grants (Project SET, PULSSE, and Urban Educators).

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Marie Tejero Hughes, PhD

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Marie Tejero Hughes is the director of graduate studies for the Department of Special Education and the program coordinator for the PhD Special Education program. Tejero Hughes primarily teaches graduate courses in literacy designed for general and special education teachers working in urban communities.

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Federico Waitoller, PhD

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Federico Waitoller’s research focuses on urban inclusive education. In particular, his work examines and addressees policies and practices that generates or reproduces inequities for students of color with disabilities.

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