I received my PhD in Educational Psychology from Purdue University in 1993, my Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University and my Bachelor of Science in Special Education/Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I was a professor at Penn State University for 14 years before coming to Laurier.
Prior to earning my PhD, I taught high school special education, high school mathematics, and gifted education at kindergarten through grade 12 levels. At the university level, I have taught courses in general teaching methods, educational psychology, assessment, educational research, brain research, gifted education, and special education.
My areas of research include gifted children with disabilities, implications of neuroscience research for classroom teachers, multiple intelligences, international experiences for teachers, and preservice teacher education. I have published in the fields of gifted education, multiple intelligences and general teacher education, and have addressed regional, national, and international audiences on those topics.
One of my current research projects involves students who are gifted and who have at least one other exceptionality (autism, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, attention-deficit disorder, etc.). I am also working with a consortium of universities and schools in Canada and Pakistan to create peace curriculum for students in grades six, seven and eight.
I have a limited number of part-time opportunities for research assistants on the peace curriculum project. Contact me for details.
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