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Special Education Faculty

Arthur Lance Alarcon
Assistant Professor, Special Education
Office: Hokona Hall 288
Telephone: 505-277-1241
Email: alarcon1@unm.edu
Education: B.A., Yale University; M.A., San Francisco State University; J.D., Stanford Law School
Professional Interests: Legal Issues in Special Education, Assessment, Transition, Career-Technical Education, Emotional Regulation, Task Endurance, Memory, Attention, Self-Monitoring, Learning Disabilities, Writing, Literacy, Teacher Development

Elizabeth Barker Keefe
Special Education Program Coordinator
Professor, Special Education

Office: Hokona Hall 269
Telephone: 505-277-1587
E-mail: lkeefe@unm.edu
Education:  B.A. Hons., University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K.; M.A., University of Nebraska; M.A., University of New Mexico; Ph.D., University of New Mexico.
Professional Interests: Inclusive education; collaborative teaching models; educational equity; intellectual disability & severe disabilities; differentiation of instruction; literacy.

Melanie Brawley-Wigren
Lecturer III, Special Education
Office: Hokona Hall 266
Telephone: 505-277-3961
E-mail: brawley001@unm.edu
Education: B.A. University of New Mexico; M.A., University of New Mexico; PhD, University of New Mexico.
Professional Interests: Classroom design and instructional approaches-low incidence disabilities; Autism spectrum disorders (ASD); sensory impairments in children with ASD; understanding and fostering family-school-student relationships. 

Mary Brindle
Assistant Professor, Special Education 
Office: Hokona Hall 102
Telephone: 505-277-2167
E-mail: mbrindle@unm.edu
Education:  B.S.E. Baylor University; M.Ed., Dallas Baptist University; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University.
Professional Interests: High Incidence Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Writing, Writing Across the Curriculum, Literacy, Teacher Development, Inclusive Education, Collaboration Across the Continuum of Services, Differentiation of Instruction, Self-Regulated Strategy Development and Strategy Instruction .

Margo Collier
Assistant Professor, Special Education
Office: Hokona Hall 290
Telephone: 505-277-4273
E-mail: collierm@unm.edu
Education: B.A., University of Oregon; M.S., University of Oregon; M.A., University of Illinois; and Ph.D., University of Utah
Professional Interests: Assessment; secondary and postsecondary transition for students with disabilities; inclusion; reading instruction for struggling readers for individuals with disabilities; and art for exceptional students.

Susan Copeland
Professor, Special Education

Office: Hokona Hall 264
Telephone: 505-277-0628
E-mail: susanrc@unm.edu
Education: B.M., Southern Methodist University; M.Ed., University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; B.C.B.A.
Professional Interests: Self-management strategies for individuals with disabilities; applied behavior analysis; secondary inclusion; transition from school to adult life for students with disabilities; advocacy and empowerment for individuals with disabilities; literacy instruction for persons with moderate or severe disabilities.

Megan Griffin
Assistant Professor, Special Education
Office: Hokona Hall 264
Telephone: 505-277-6652
E-mail: griffinm@unm.edu
Education: B.A., University of Notre Dame; M.Ed., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University; BCBA
Professional Interests: transition from school to adult life for students with intellectual disability and severe disabilities; applied behavior analysis; inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in faith communities

Erin Jarry
Lecturer III, Special Education

Office: Hokona Hall 102
Telephone: 505-277-0731
E-mail: ejarry@unm.edu
Education: B.S., New Mexico State University, M.A., New Mexico State University, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Professional Interests: teacher preparation to support inclusive education, educational leadership for inclusive education, and collaborative teaching models.

Ruth Luckasson
Distinguished Professor, Special Education
Chair, Department of
Special Education
Office: Hokona Hall 101
Telephone: 505-277-6510
E-mail: ruthl@unm.edu
Education: B.S., University of New Mexico; M.A., University of New Mexico; Juris Doctor, University of New Mexico School of Law.
Professional Interests: Public policy issues affecting individuals with disabilities; legal rights of persons with disabilities and their families; teacher preparation - intellectual disability and severe disabilities; defendants, victims, and witnesses with intellectual disability; clinical judgment in educational diagnosis.

Megan Martins
Lecturer III, Special Education
Office: Hokona Hall 286
Telephone: 505-277-6882
Email: mmartins@unm.edu
Education: B.A. Claremont McKenna College; M.A., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, BCBA-D, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Professional Interests: Assessment and intervention for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); Applied Behavior Analysis; Early intensive behavioral intervention; Parent training and family-based interventions to improve functioning in families with a child with a developmental disability; Empirically supported psychological interventions for individuals with ASD and a co-morbid psychiatric condition; Best-practice diagnosis of ASD and associated disorders.

Veronica Moore
Lecturer III, Special Education
Co-Coordinator, Dual License Program

Office: Hokona Hall 280
Telephone: 505-277-4462
E-mail: vmoore@unm.edu
Education: B.S., University of New Mexico, M.A., University of New Mexico, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Professional Interests: Peer supports; student empowerment; teaching strategies for inclusive settings; co-teaching/collaboration; classroom management.

Yen Kim Pham
Assistant Professor, Special Education
Office: Hokona Hall 268
Telephone: 505-277-7967
E-mail: ykp@unm.edu
Education:  B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A., The City College of New York; Ph.D., University of Oregon. Professional Interests: Risk and protective factors of students at risk due to poverty and disability; strategy instruction for students with high incidence disabilities; transition and post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.

Cathy (Huaqing) Qi
Professor, Special Education
Office: Hokona Hall 257
Telephone: 505-277-4452
E-mail: hqi@unm.edu
Education: M.Ed., Belmont University, 1992, English Education; M.Ed., Vanderbilt University, 1998, Special Education; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2001, Special Education
Professional Interests: Autism spectrum disorders; language assessment and intervention; behavioral observation and intervention.

Clare K. Stott
Lecturer III, Special Education
Office: Hokona Hall 141
Telephone: 505-277-3202
E-mail: clareks@unm.edu
Education:  B.A., University of Albert, Canada; M.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville;  M.S., University of New Mexico; Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Professional Interests: Literacy development and instructional strategies, differentiated instruction, pre-service teacher training, collaborative partnerships in teacher training, inclusive policy and practice in education, social and community participation and inclusion, friendships for individuals with significant disabilities, advocacy and empowerment of individuals with significant disabilities.

Julia Scherba de Valenzuela
Associate Professor, Special Education

Office: Hokona Hall 254
Telephone: 505-277-1406
E-mail: devalenz@unm.edu
Website: http://www.unm.edu/~devalenz/
Education: B.A., UCLA; M.A., California State University, Northridge; Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
Professional Interests:  Bilingual special education; language socialization and communication development among culturally and linguistically diverse populations; portrayals of individuals with disability in the media; and assessment of culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

Loretta A. Serna
Professor, Special Education

Office: Hokona Hall 294
Telephone: 505-277-0119
E-mail: rett@unm.edu
Education: M.A., University of Kansas; M.A., University of New Mexico; Ph.D., University of Kansas; Post Doctorate, University of Virginia.
Professional Interests: Teacher preparation - children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders 
Research Interests: Self determination and social behavior; instructional strategies for at-risk youth; applied behavioral analysis; program evaluation.