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Deb Carter, Ph.D., BCBA-D : Professor, Department Chair
Deb Carter, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Professor, Department Chair
(208) 426-2804
Education Building, Room 215
Debcarter@boisestate.edu

Deborah Carter, Ph.D., BCBA-D, is a professor and department chair in Early and Special Education at Boise State University. Dr. Carter’s areas of expertise include school-wide and individual student positive behavior support, social-emotional development, and nature-based learning. She provides training and coaching support to early childhood programs and K-12 schools implementing systems of positive behavior support. Her current research focuses on implementation of program-wide positive behavior support in early childhood and integrating social-emotional learning and environmental education. Her work has been included in the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, Behavioral Disorders, Assessment for Effective Intervention, Intervention in School and Clinic, The Early Childhood Education Journal, Teaching Young Children, and International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education.
Scholar Works of Deb Carter

Rossitta Fleming, BA : Administrative Assistant II
Rossitta Fleming, BA
Administrative Assistant II
(208) 426-2814
Education Building, Room 218
rfleming@boisestate.edu

Rossitta Fleming earned her Bachelor of Applied Science degree with a minor in Communication at Boise State University. Previously, she earned an Associate of Applied Business Degree from Marion Technical College, Ohio. Rossitta is an Administrative Assistant for the Early & Special Education Department. She has been at Boise State since 2000 and has over 10 years of experience in working with students of diverse backgrounds and performing an array of administrative duties.

Prior to that Rossitta worked at the American Embassy and United States AID Mission in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Being a military spouse, Rossitta has worked in many different states and countries with a diverse amount of people and cultures, which has enriched her life. Rossitta is Trilingual and is an international traveller, with a deep appreciation and understanding of other cultures.

Lisa Beymer, Ed.D. : Clinical Assistant Professor, MIT Program Coordinator
Lisa Beymer, Ed.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, MIT Program Coordinator
(208) 426-5424
Education Building, Room 529
lisabeymer@boisestate.edu

Lisa Beymer,Lisa Beymer, Ed.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor and MIT Coordinator for the Early & Special Education Department. Lisa’s teaching for the department focuses on exceptionalities in the classroom and school, evidence-based instructional practices for students with disabilities, and diagnostic assessment use and analysis. Lisa also works as a University Liaison for the College of Education, supervising pre-service teacher candidates who are completing their final student teaching experiences in the general and special education classrooms. In her role as MIT Coordinator, Lisa also advises and supervises all students seeking to gain initial teaching certification through our fully-online MIT program. Here, she supports students from application to graduation, as well as leads a group of faculty members in the supervision of these teacher candidates during their final teaching experiences. As a part of the larger Boise State community, Lisa is co-Advisor for the Teacher Education Ambassador student club which is housed in the College of Education. Lisa’s research interests include effectiveness of online teacher candidate supervision, special education teacher preparation, impact of supervisor-candidate relationship in teacher candidate development, student-led IEPs at the elementary and secondary level, and evidence-based practices for students with disabilities.

Jeremy W. Ford, Ph.D., NCSP : Assistant Professor
Jeremy W. Ford, Ph.D., NCSP
Assistant Professor
(208) 426-3544
Education Building, Room 204
jwford@boisestate.edu

Jeremy W. Ford, Ph.D., NCSP, is an assistant professor in the Early & Special Education Department Boise State University. Dr. Ford is a specialist-level trained, and nationally certified, school psychologist. Prior to joining the faculty at Boise State University, he earned his Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning (Special Education subtrack) from The University of Iowa with an emphasis in School Curriculum and Assessment Policy. Dr. Ford has experience working in schools in multiple capacities across kindergarten through high school. These experiences include: crisis intervention at an alternative school, teacher assistant for students with intellectual disabilities, school psychologist, professional development trainer, technical assistance provider, and consultant for students with autism.

Dr. Ford’s research interests include: Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM), examining special education teacher effectiveness, explicit instruction, noncategorical models of special education service delivery, Response to Intervention (RtI) / Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and screening and progress decision-making. His work has been included in Education and Training in Autism and other Developmental Disabilities and The Journal of Remedial and Special Education. He lives in Boise with his wife, Rachel, and their four sons.
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Patricia Hampshire, Ph.D. : Associate Professor, MEd & Certificate Programs Coordinator
Patricia Hampshire, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, MEd & Certificate Programs Coordinator
(208) 426-5464
Education Building, Room 205
patriciahampshire@boisestate.edu

Dr. Patricia Hampshire is an associate professor in Early & Special Education Department at Boise State University. Dr. Hampshire received her PhD in Special Education at Indiana University. Dr. Hampshire teaches courses focused on early intervention, collaborating with families, child development and working with students with autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Hampshire’s areas of expertise include early childhood special education, developing family-focused interventions, autism spectrum disorders, and working with individuals with severe behavior. Dr. Hampshire has worked in both the educational and clinical settings as a special education teacher, parent coach, consultant and researcher. Dr. Hampshire’s current research focuses on teaching student with autism to self-manage during homework routines through the use of iPads. Dr. Hampshire’s work has been included in Teaching Exceptional Children, Intervention in School and Clinic, and Beyond Behavior.
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Michael Humphrey, Ed.D, : Associate Professor, Undergraduate Degree Programs Coordinator
Michael Humphrey, Ed.D,
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Degree Programs Coordinator
(208)-426-2801
Education Building, Room 213
michaelhumphrey@boisestate.edu

Michael Humphrey, EdD, is an associate professor in Early & Special Education Department at Boise State University. Dr. Humphrey received his BA in English from the University of Iowa in 1997 and then served in the Peace Corps in Sri Lanka and Cameroon till 2000. He received his MA in Special Education in 2004 and his EdD in Special Education in 2008 from the University of Northern Colorado. His current research focuses on building teacher-efficacy in inclusive classrooms, preparing teachers to work with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and improving teacher retention. Dr. Humphrey’s work has been included in Exceptionality, A Special Education Journal, Journal of Post-secondary Education and Disability, Learning Disability Quarterly, The Clearing House, and, Rural Special Education Quarterly.
Scholar Works of Michael Humphrey

Evelyn Johnson, Ed.D. : Professor
Evelyn Johnson, Ed.D.
Professor
208-426-2189
Education Building, Room 203
evelynjohnson@boisestate.edu

Evelyn received her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Washington, Seattle in 1999 and holds the position of Professor of Special Education, and Executive Director of Lee Pesky Learning Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities.

From 2003 to 2007, Dr. Johnson worked as a research associate for the National Research Center on Learning Disabilities (NRCLD), examining issues related to Response to Intervention (RTI) and Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) determination. Dr. Johnson’s work with the NRCLD includes the development of numerous technical assistance products to assist state and local educational agencies on Response to Intervention (RTI) and learning disability identification-related issues. This work has led to numerous collaborative research efforts, national presentations, and publications including co-authoring, RTI: A Practitioner’s Guide to Implementation and How RTI Works in Secondary Schools.

Dr. Johnson’s current research focuses in three main areas: 1) understanding the connection between information processing, executive functioning, and academic performance, 2) supporting schools in the implementation of intervention and instructional systems for students at-risk for or with learning difficulties, and 3) special education teacher evaluation. Dr. Johnson joined Boise State University in 2007, and lives in Boise with her husband and two children.
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Gena Nelson, PH.D : Assistant Professor
Gena Nelson, PH.D
Assistant Professor
208-426-1548
College of Education, Room 209
genanelson@boisestate.edu

Gena Nelson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Early & Special Education Department at Boise State University. Dr. Nelson received her MA in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in School Psychology and her PhD in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Special Education from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Nelson has experience working with students with disabilities and their families in various capacities across preschool through high school including: high school special education teacher, early childhood caregiver support, professional development trainer, and technical assistance provider. Her current research focuses on early math interventions for students with disabilities and students who are at risk, long-term outcomes for students with math learning disabilities and difficulties, and building teacher knowledge and use of evidence-based practices. Dr. Nelson’s work has been included in the Journal for Learning Disabilities, Assessment for Effective Intervention, and The Elementary School Journal.
Scholar Works of Gena Nelson

Yvette Mere-Cook :  Clinical Assistant Professor
Yvette Mere-Cook
Clinical Assistant Professor
208-426-2817

yvettemerecook@boisestate.edu

Yvette Mere-Cook, Ed.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Early & Special Education Department Yvette earned a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University in 1997 and began working with young children with disabilities and their families in home-based and hospital settings. Yvette worked within school-based settings for over 15 years, collaborating with students, teachers, specialists, and families to both assess and address the educational needs of children with a variety of disabilities, especially students with autism spectrum disorder. Yvette completed her doctoral degree within the field of special education at the University of San Francisco. Her doctoral research focused on providing classroom based interventions for sensory regulation to support both students with and without disabilities within inclusive settings. Yvette’s research interests include transforming classrooms and schools into inclusive campuses through classroom-based interventions and universal design approaches within the physical environment as well as addressing the sensory regulation needs of students with and without autism spectrum disorder within inclusive classrooms. At Boise State University, Yvette’s teaching focuses on foundational principles of early childhood education and development as well as collaboration with teachers and families within both early and special education. As part of an emerging partnership, Yvette serves as a liaison between the College of Education and the Boise State University Children’s Center.

Juli Pool, Ph.D. : Associate Professor
Juli Pool, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(208) 426-2807
Education Building, Room 207
julipool@boisestate.edu

Juli Lull Pool, Ph.D., is an associate professor in Early & Special Education Department at Boise State University. Dr. Pool received her doctorate in Early Intervention from the University of Oregon. She also holds an MS in Early Intervention from the University of Oregon, and a BS in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Pool’s areas of expertise include assessment, response to intervention, and early childhood special education. She has published in several professional journals including Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, Early Childhood Education Journal, Intervention in School & Clinic, and Assessment for Effective Intervention.
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Adjunct faculty

Shannon Dunstan : Adjunct Instructor
Shannon Dunstan
Adjunct Instructor
208-426-2814

shannondunstan@boisestate.edu
Cheryl Doran : Adjunct Instructor
Cheryl Doran
Adjunct Instructor


drcdoran@yahoo.com
John Carter :
John Carter


Keith W. Allred, PhD : Adjunct Instructor
Keith W. Allred, PhD
Adjunct Instructor
(208) 426-2814
Education Building, Room 218
keithallred1@boisestate.edu
Jenny Allison, PhD : Adjunct Instructor
Jenny Allison, PhD
Adjunct Instructor
208-426-2814
Education Building, Room 218
jenniferallison@boisestate.edu
Kim Brooks, MEd : Adjunct Instructor
Kim Brooks, MEd
Adjunct Instructor
208-426-2814

kimbrooks@boisestate.edu
Lena Stearns, MEd : Adjunct Instructor
Lena Stearns, MEd
Adjunct Instructor
208-426-2814
Education Building, Room 218
lenastearns@boisestate.edu

 

Graduate Assistants

Julia Gorman : Graduate Research Assistant
Julia Gorman
Graduate Research Assistant


Program: Early and Special Education, M.Ed.

Research: I work with Dr. Jeremy Ford conducting research relating to secondary and postsecondary education for students with disabilities. We are currently conducting research on the Reread-Adapt and Answer-Comprehend (RAAC) reading intervention with a group of students at the local 18-21 transition program. Additionally, I work with ED-ESP 250 overseeing the Secondary Transition And Reverse Service-learning (STARS) Project in which a different group of students from the local 18-21 transition program sit-in on the course and are mentored by the ED-ESP 250 students.

Heather Lee : Graduate Research Assistant
Heather Lee
Graduate Research Assistant


heatherlee124@boisestate.edu

Program: Early and Special Education

Research: Heather is an instructional coach for the Early Childhood STEM Project, a collaboration between the Boise State University Department of Early and Special Education, M.Ed. the BSU Children's Center, and the Idaho STEM Action Center. She also serves as a teaching assistant in the Early STEM Special Topics Course during Fall 2018.

Vanessa Lewis : Graduate Research Assistant
Vanessa Lewis
Graduate Research Assistant


vanessalewis@boisestate.edu

Program: Master’s in Early & Special Education, M.Ed. and Behavioral Interventions and Supports Graduate Certificate.

Research: STEM implementation at the Children’s Center

Gurupriya Ramanathan : Graduate Research Assistant
Gurupriya Ramanathan
Graduate Research Assistant


gurupriyaramanat@boisestate.edu

Program: Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction, Cognate: Early Childhood Special Education

Research: Gurupriya is working on implementation of STEM-based curriculum in Early Childhood in a collaboration between the Boise State University Department of Early and Special Education and the Boise State University Children's Center; and researching current inclusive practices in Idaho and benefits of inclusive settings for children with diverse needs. She also serves as a teaching assistant in ED-ESP 328 Intervention Methods: ECE/ECSE offered in the Spring.

Victoria Murphy : Graduate Assistant
Victoria Murphy
Graduate Assistant


victoriamurphy@u.boisestate.edu

Program: Curriculum and Instruction, Education Doctorate, Special Education Cognate

Research:  Tier 3 Positive Behavior Supports and Behavior Coaching in Idaho Rural Schools with Idaho SESTA.

Positive Behavior Supports Tier 3 and Behavior Coaching in Idaho Rural Schools with Idaho SESTA; play skills for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Dr. Hampshire