Special Education

Experts in this section can speak to a wide range of educational practices, causes and effects related to educating students with special needs. Whether a student's needs are related to addiction, ADHD, cognitive or physical impairments, their education and services needed often extend beyond the "common core."

Tiffany Brown, Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services

Tiffany Brown is an expert in addiction, recovery and self-harm. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Tiffany’s expertise includes self-harm education and educating college students about addiction and recovery issues. 

Ben Clarke, Center on Teaching and Learning

Ben Clarke is an expert in early childhood education, mathematics learning and the Common Core as it relates to students with disabilities. Ben studies the development of mathematical thinking in elementary age students who are at-risk for or who have mathematics learning disabilities. He helps build screening systems to identify those students and prevent more serious learning problems.

Phil Fisher, Department of Psychology

Phil Fisher is an expert in child development, specifically related to the effects of early stressful experiences, including child abuse and neglect. At the University of Oregon, he is a Philip H. Knight Chair, professor and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology and the Center for Translational Neuroscience, operating the Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) Lab, which is part of the university's Prevention Science Institute. Phil develops programs for improving abused and neglected children's ability to attach to caregivers, build relationships with peers, and function in school. 

Beth Harn, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences

Beth Harn is an expert in special education, school psychology, learning disabilities, educational assessment, academic interventions and literacy. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor in special education and clinical sciences. Her  research primarily revolves around supporting and promoting the early and successful development of academic and social emotional skills in grades k-3. Her focus has been on promoting the development of early literacy skills through the use of evidenced-based instruction and evaluation practices. 

Laura Lee McIntyre, Professor of Psychology and the Associate Director of the Child and Family Center at the Prevention Science Institute

Laura Lee McIntyre, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Laura Lee McIntyre is an expert in youth mental health, especially related to autism spectrum disorder, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She explores intervention and education strategies to best reach children, youth, and teens whose mental and behaviorial health are compromised.

Chris Murray, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences

Chris Murray is an expert in diversity and special education, high-risk youth and teacher-student relationships. He works with very high-risk youth and students that have emotional and behavioral problems due to circumstances of their upbringing, and designs educational programs and support systems to promote healthy outcomes. 

Jerry Rosiek, College of Education

Jerry Rosiek is an expert on the patterns of racial and class inequality in schools. He documents the broad effects of institutionalized racism on the minds and hearts of students. Most recently, he has focused on the effects of racial segregation in schools on children. 

McKay Sohlberg, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences

McKay Moore Sohlberg is an endowed professor and director of the Communication Disorders and Sciences Program at University of Oregon. McKay’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of tools and therapies to assist individuals with acquired brain injuries optimally re-integrate into their communities. She has published numerous articles, chapters, and manuals on managing cognitive impairments following acquired brain injury and is co-author of three leading textbooks in the field.