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Norma Lopez-Reyna, PhD

Associate Professor Emerita


Building & Room:

3319 ETMSW


1040 W. Harrison St. (M/C 147), Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4526



Dr. Norma Lopez-Reyna serves in a new role in the college as Student Advocate. We know that students reach out to and work closely with their advisors, and we encourage them to continue to do so. In her role as Student Advocate, Dr. Lopez-Reyna assists students to address issues and concerns that they are struggling with and provides additional help in navigating available resources and contacts to find solutions. She is available to meet via zoom or in person. You can drop by her office on Wednesday afternoons in ETMSW 3319. To assure a time slot dedicated to you, you can email her at with your available times to meet and she will confirm an appointment.

Prior to her role in the Office of Student Services, Dr. Lopez-Reyna was department chair and associate professor in the Department of Special Education. In that role, she specialized in assessment and instruction of students with disabilities and who are English Language Learners, in parental involvement in their children's learning, and in bilingual special education teacher education. She also has served as the director of the UIC Education Assessment Clinic , which provides services for children aged 5-18 who are experiencing learning difficulties. Lopez-Reyna directed the Monarch Center, which provided grantsmanship and program improvement & development services to special education faculty at HBCUs and minority institutions of higher learning.


1990 - PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, Policy Analysis in Special Education
1982 - MEd, University of California, Santa Barbara, Counseling and School Psychology