Laura E. Bray
Ph.D., Learning Sciences and Policy, University of Pittsburgh
M.Ed., Special Education, Chestnut Hill College
B.A., English, The College of New Jersey
Dr. Laura E. Bray is an assistant professor of special education at Penn State and serves as one of the lead advisers and instructors for the online M.Ed. program in Special Education. Dr. Bray's research interests draw from organizational and learning theories to explore topics and issues related to the education of students with disabilities and at-risk students. Learn more about Dr. Bray.
Dana M. Garner
Ph.D., Special Education, Penn State
M.A., Applied Behavior Analysis, Penn State
B.A., Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Dana M. Garner, BCBA-D, is an assistant professor of special education at Penn State and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with doctoral designation. Dr. Garner serves as the lead supervisor for our Practicum in Applied Behavior Analysis. During her career, she has served as therapeutic support staff, a behavioral specialist consultant, parent coach, school district trainer, and supervisor for numerous professionals seeking BCBA certification. Her areas of interest include development of ABA programming and intervention analysis, staff development and supervision, and adult higher education. Learn more about Dr. Garner.
Joanne E. Gerenser
Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Sciences, City University of New York Graduate Center
M.A., Speech and Hearing Sciences, Ohio State University
B.S., Speech Pathology and Audiology, SUNY at Geneseo
Dr. Joanne E. Gerenser, CCC-SLP, is the executive director of Eden II Programs, a not-for-profit organization that serves the autism community of Staten Island, New York City, and Long Island through education, adult day programs, residential care, and numerous other services. She co-authored the interactive CD-ROM titled Behavioral Programming for Children with Autism, and she has written several book chapters and articles on autism and developmental disabilities. Dr. Gerenser has also won numerous awards for her work with individuals with autism. She sits on a number of professional advisory boards for autism service providers.
Katie E. Hoffman
Ph.D., Special Education, Penn State
B.A., Elementary and Special Education, Juniata College
Dr. Katie E. Hoffman is an associate professor of special education at Penn State and serves as the coordinator for the online M.Ed. program in Special Education offered via Penn State World Campus. Dr. Hoffman's research interests include teacher preparation, distance education, and progress monitoring through the use of curriculum-based measures. Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Hoffman was a special education teacher who worked with students with special needs at the K–3 level. Learn more about Dr. Hoffman.
M.S., Special Education, Mercyhurst University
B.A., Elementary and Special Education, Mercyhurst University
Tom Kitchen, BCBA, is an assistant professor of special education at Mercyhurst University and an adjunct instructor for Penn State. During his career in the autism field, he has served as a direct care therapist, special education teacher, behavior analyst, staff trainer, consultant, and agency administrator. His research interests include effective instructional techniques, curriculum development for language and social skills, reduction of problem behaviors including severe aggression and self-injury, systems development, staff performance management, and parent/staff training.
Ph.D., Special Education, Ohio State University
M.A., Special Education, Ohio State University
B.A., Psychology/Sociology and Women’s Studies, Youngstown State University
Dr. Rick Kubina, BCBA-D, is a professor of special education at Penn State and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with doctoral designation. Dr. Kubina's research focuses on the science of individual measurement and performance/learning improvement. He is the co-author of The Precision Teaching Book and the co-founder of Chartlytics, a web application system for precisely pinpointing and recording behavior for making decisions and using repeated problem-solving to help learners experience effective and efficient learning outcomes. Learn more about Dr. Kubina.
Ph.D., Special Education, Purdue University
M.Ed., Special Education, California University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
Dr. David Lee, BCBA-D, is a professor of special education at Penn State and is the department head for Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education. He is also the director of the Applied Behavior Analysis program and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with doctoral designation. The focus of Dr. Lee’s research is to develop, evaluate, and disseminate programs to support students with or at risk for emotional/behavior disorders. His research draws upon a behavior analytic framework to create positive, function-based interventions for students, primarily in middle/high school. Learn more about Dr. Lee.
Ph.D., Applied Behavior Analysis, Columbia University
M.S., Applied Behavior Analysis, Columbia University
B.S., Psychology, Fordham University
Dr. Kelly Mercorella, BCBA-D, is an assistant professor of special education at Penn State and teaches a variety of courses for the online M.Ed. program in Special Education. Dr. Mercorella's research interests center around facilitating reading comprehension for elementary students with disabilities, particularly designing interventions to instruct students on visualization strategies related to reading. Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Mercorella was a special education teacher in both self-contained and inclusive settings, serving students from Pre–K through fifth grade. Learn more about Dr. Mercorella.
Paul J. Riccomini
Ph.D., Special Education, Penn State
M.Ed., Special Education, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Mathematics, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Paul J. Riccomini, an associate professor of special education at Penn State, began his career as a middle and high school general education and special education math teacher. His research focus is on effective instructional strategies and assessments for students with dyscalculia and students with learning disabilities in mathematics. He is a co-author of Response to Intervention in Math (Corwin, 2010) and Building Number Sense through the Common Core (Corwin, 2013), as well as three math intervention programs targeting fractions, integers, and algebraic equations. Learn more about Dr. Riccomini.
Ph.D., Special Education, University of Virginia
M.S., Special Education, University of Kansas
B.S., Special Education, University of Kansas
Dr. Pamela Wolfe is an associate professor of special education at Penn State and the director of the Educating Individuals with Autism certificate program. Her teaching and research center on work with persons having autism spectrum disorders (ASD), severe disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. Her research includes interventions related to social skills and sexuality for persons with ASD, as well as advocacy and transition. She has presented at international and national conferences on topics such as teacher training, application of evidence based instruction, and intervention models. Learn more about Dr. Wolfe.