Education Building, Room 228
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
Education Building, Room 218
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.
Education Building, Room 209
Dr. Keith W. Allred is an Associate Professor in the Early & Special Education Department and is beginning his 10th year at Boise State University. Many moons ago Keith obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. He taught for 7 years in a variety of elementary and special education classrooms ranging from a 2-room school in Silver Peak, NV, to a special campus program for adolescents with behavior disorders in Dallas, TX. He completed a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and did his doctoral work in special education at Vanderbilt University. He spent his first five years as a Teacher Educator at Eastern Illinois University and then served on the faculty at BYU for seven years. Keith then served as the 619 Coordinator in the Nevada Department of Education for nine years. Keith teaches courses in both Early Childhood and Special Education. He is also in the 3rd year of service as a ‘Faculty Associate’ for the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Keith’s research interests include family adaptation to disability, the father’s ‘role’ in families of children with disabilities, factors influencing inclusive education, and special education teacher effectiveness. Keith and his wife, Cheri, are the parents of 5 children and the proud grandparents of 13 grandchildren.
Scholar Works of Keith W. Allred
Education Building, Room 529
Education Building, Room 204
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.
Education Building, Room 205
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.
Education Building, Room 230
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
Education Building, Room 203
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.
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.
Education Building, Room 207
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.
Dr. Carrie Semmelroth joined Boise State University in 2009 as a project coordinator for the TATERS and RESET programs. In 2013, she received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University, and was the first doctoral student to specialize in Special Education. Her doctoral work focused on special education teacher effectiveness.
Education Building, Room 218
Education Building, Room 218