Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Faculty
Jennifer Grisham-Brown is a professor and program chair in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program and faculty director of the Early Childhood Laboratory school. She is co-author of two books on blended education in early childhood education (Blended Practices in Early Childhood Education and Blended Assessment Practices in Early Childhood Education – in press). Her research interests include authentic assessment, tiered instruction, and inclusion of children with significant disabilities. Dr. Grisham-Brown is co-founder of a children’s home and preschool program in Guatemala City called Hope for Tomorrow, where she accompanies students for the education abroad program.
Lee Ann has been on faculty in the University of Kentucky’s College of Education since 2002 and has worked in the field of special education since 1994. Since 2002, Lee Ann has served as the higher education representative on Kentucky’s governor-appointed Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) for early intervention, which she chaired for several years. She has served in the roles of teacher, administrator, and researcher and has worked as an interventionist directly with hundreds of children with disabilities and their families.
Lee Ann is actively engaged with schools and districts in supporting growth in the areas of standards-based assessment, family support, IEP/IFSP development, planning intervention, and measuring progress. Her constant connection to research-based practice in real-world settings throughout the US and in international settings forms the foundation of her university teaching.
Lee Ann has authored or coauthored 4 books, two of which were finalists for the Distinguished Achievement award from the Association of Educational Publishers. She has authored more than 35 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has received in excess of 4 million dollars in funding to support personnel preparation and research. This funding includes continuous funding since 2006 from the US Department of Education to support the tuition of scholars in the IECE program.
Lee Ann has served as associate editor for Young Exceptional Children (YEC), guest editor and editorial board member of Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, and is currently an editorial board member for YEC and Journal of Early Intervention. Lee Ann is a 2001 graduate of Auburn University.
Katherine McCormick, Ph.D.
Dr. Katherine McCormick is a Professor in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and holds the James W. and Diane V. Stuckert Service-Learning Professorship.
Dr. McCormick has been actively involved in a number of program, department, college and university initiatives at UK. She has served as Program Chair and Chair of the College of Education Faculty Council. University service has included Senate Council membership, and chair and member of the Senate’s Retroactive Withdrawal and Appeals Committee. She currently serves on the Graduate Council, the Academic Area Advisory Committee for the Social Sciences and the University Appeals Board, and is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Work Team for the new University Financial Model.
Dr. McCormick came to UK in 1998 from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. She attended Auburn University for her Ph.D. and the University of Alabama Birmingham for advanced degrees in School Psychology. While in Alabama Dr. McCormick worked as a classroom teacher of young children with developmental delays and also worked as a school psychologist. She also directed a rural migrant program, and taught at-risk adolescents and youth in an alternative school program.
Dr. McCormick is active in teaching, research and service. While in Georgia, Dr. McCormick was appointed by the Governor to chair the Georgia Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention. In Kentucky, Governor Beshear appointed her to the Early Childhood Authority. She serves on numerous college and university committees as well as state and national boards including editorial board membership for the premier journal in her discipline, the Journal of Early Intervention.
Dr. McCormick is a successful researcher in the fields of early intervention and early childhood special education. She has participated as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on numerous projects funded by private foundations or state and federal agencies. Research with other colleagues at UK includes a 3-yr research and evaluation project of the Kentucky primary program and a 7-yr federally funded project to study transition for young children with disabilities and their families across the early childhood years. She disseminates her work regularly through publications and presentations.
Current research interests include transition for young children, assessment and accountability practices, community engagement, and service-learning.
Early Childhood Lab
Rehabilitation Counseling Faculty
David Beach, Ph.D., CRC
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Beach received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2006, his M.R.C. from the University of Kentucky, and his B.A. from Georgetown College (Ky.). He is currently the executive director of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Dr. Beach is the former Director of Residential Services, Job Placement and Research at the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Training Center in Thelma, KY. He has been a member of National Rehabilitation Association, National Association of Rehabilitation Leadership and the Kentucky Rehabilitation Association since 1996, currently serving as KRA President, National Association of Rehabilitation Leadership Board Member and National Rehabilitation Association Board Member.
Dr. Beach’s research interests include program evaluation for rehabilitation facilities, behavioral techniques utilized in rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation continuing professional training, asset accumulation of persons with disabilities, counselor mentoring and rehabilitation leadership.
Malachy Bishop, Ph.D. (Rehabilitation Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is a professor in the Rehabilitation Counseling program and Coordinator of the Rehabilitation Counseling Doctoral Program. Dr. Bishop’s clinical background includes rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology in physical medicine and rehabilitation and other health care settings, and vocational assessment. Dr. Bishop has authored over 75 journal articles and book chapters in health care and rehabilitation counseling. He conducts research in psychosocial and employment-related aspects of chronic neurological conditions, including epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and brain injury; quality of life and adaptation to disability; and self-management and treatment decision making. Dr. Bishop is a five-time recipient of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association’s Research Award.
Dr. Crystal is the Rehabilitation Counseling Program Coordinator. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pace University (1970), master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from New York University (1972), and doctoral degree in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977).After completing his master’s degree he worked at a facility serving persons with physical, mental, and learning disabilities with regarding to vocational assessment, vocational counseling, job training, and job placement. After completing his doctoral degree he was employed at the University of Michigan where he served as research director of a rehabilitation research institute with a focus on the evaluation of public rehabilitation programs. He was also on the faculty of the rehabilitation counseling program.
In 1981 he was appointed as coordinator of the rehabilitation counseling program at the University of Kentucky and served in that capacity for 24 years. In 1995 Dr. Crystal was instrumental in establishing a distance education program in partnership with the two state rehabilitation agencies in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This program has evolved into a nationally recognized web based program.
Dr. Crystal has published in the area of rehabilitation program evaluation, consumer satisfaction, and forensic rehabilitation practice. At present he serves as chair of the College of Education Faculty Council and is Vice Chair of the university Institutional Review Board, which oversees research at the university. Dr. Crystal also maintains a private rehabilitation practice.
Dr. Feist-Price received her doctorate in rehabilitation counseling and administration from Southern Illinois University in 1992 with a specialization in gerontology. In 2006, Dr. Feist-Price completed a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Feist-Price has worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor serving an injured worker population and individuals with mental illness. Dr. Feist-Price is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Kentucky and Louisiana. Dr. Feist-Price is an HIV prevention researcher, and has presented her findings at numerous national conferences, as well as international conferences in Israel, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, and Thailand. Her research has resulted in her being named 2002 Researcher of the Year by the National Council on Rehabilitation Education.
Presently, Dr. Feist-Price is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program, and Director of African American Studies and Research Program.
Dr. Allison Fleming, PhD, CRC, is an assistant professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky. She has a BS and an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Studies from Springfield College, and earned her PhD at Michigan State University. Her professional experience includes work as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the Massachusetts state agency and as a staff trainer with the Region I RCEP where she provided training in several topics relevant to employment services to rehabilitation professionals. Allison has presented research findings at several national conferences on topics such as program evaluation, promising practices within state VR agencies, professional issues, employment and post-secondary outcomes for transition youth, and the International Classification of Functioning (ICF) and quality of life. Her current projects include using the ICF in rehabilitation settings, quality of life, post-secondary and employment outcomes for young adults with disabilities, and practices within the state VR agencies.
Dr. Harley received her doctoral degree from Southern Illinois University in 1992. She received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from South Carolina State University. Before joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky she taught at Eastern Illinois University. She has worked as a rehabilitation counselor and an employment counselor.
Her research foci include cultural diversity, gender issues, substance abuse, and ethics. Dr. Harley is past editor of the Journal of Rehabilitation Administration and the Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a Mary E. Switzer Scholar and recipient of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education Educator of the Year award (2006), the Provost’s Outstanding Teaching award (2002), and the Sylvia Walker Education Award (2001). Dr. Harley is an inaugural inductee into the South Carolina State University Rehabilitation Counseling Program Hall of Fame
Dr. Harley is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She served as a commissioner for the Comissioner on Rehabilitation Education Graduate Standards Board. Dr. Harley is affiliated with the Gender and Women’s Studies Department, the African American Studies and Research Program, and the Center on Research on Violence Against Women.
Dr. Rogers is the Rehabilitation Counseling Distance Education Program Coordinator. She completed her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2001 and has a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has over 20 years experience in both public and private rehabilitation agencies providing direct services to individuals with disabilities.
Dr. Rogers is the Co-Principal Investigator for the Master’s training grant for distance education students. Her research interests are in the area of employment of Social Security Disability recipients, job placement of individuals with disabilities, and vocational evaluation.
Kathy Sheppard-Jones, PhD, CRC
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Ph.D. (Educational Psychology, University of Kentucky) is an adjunct assistant professor in the Rehabilitation Counseling program. She is also the training and adult services director at the Human Development Institute, Kentucky’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. In that role, she oversees HDI’s Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities.
She is also responsible for several projects in collaboration with the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Kentucky Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Kentucky Department of Medicaid, and the Rehabilitation Services Administration. Her research interests include quality of life and consumer satisfaction. Dr Sheppard-Jones has received the AUCD Young Professionals Award for contributions to the field of developmental disability.
Special Education Faculty and Instructors
Gerald Abner is a clinical instructor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. He has 25 years experience in the public school system as a Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI). Gerald received his undergraduate degree in Art Education from the University of Kentucky (UK), a Masters in Visual Impairments from the University of Louisville, and an Education Specialist degree in Assistive Technology from UK.
Gerald has taught assistive technology classes at the university level and currently conducts professional development trainings at the local, state and national level. Combining his interest of assistive technology and visual impairments, his current focus is working with the University to create a new certification program for teachers of the visually impaired.
In 2004, Gerald was named Special Educator of the year from the Kentucky State Department of Education. Together with a colleague, Gerald has created and trademarked “Buckets of Literacy” which is an innovative way to create literacy experiences for inclusive classrooms using a variety of both instructional and assistive technologies. Following the Universal Design for Learning framework the Buckets allow teachers to create a print rich environment for all learners regardless of disability.
Gerald also serves on a team of educators from Jessamine County Schools that travels to Hong Kong as part of the International Alliance for Invitational Education. This team spends time teaching in primary schools in Hong Kong and will return there in the fall of 2012 to provide professional development and model teaching evident of Invitational Education practices.
R. Allan Allday is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. Prior to completing his Ph.D. at Auburn University in 2004, Dr. Allday served as a special education teacher to students with emotional/behavioral disorders and as a behavioral consultant. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D). Dr. Allday served in 2008 and 2010 as a Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine, where he provided instruction and consultation to universities, schools, and rehabilitation centers on how to work with children with behavior challenges and Autism. Dr. Allday maintains his work in Ukraine through providing staff training and intervention for children and youth with various disabilities in rehabilitation centers and orphanages that are exhibiting challenging and self-injurious behaviors.
Dr. Allday’s research focuses on how teacher behavior affects student behavior. His focus is on finding simple changes to teacher behavior that improves student outcomes. Dr. Allday has taught courses related to classroom and behavior management, characteristics of emotional/behavioral disorders, single subject research, applied behavior analysis, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and instructional methods for mild/moderate disabilities. Dr. Allday has served as President of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders in South Carolina. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Disability Policy Studies and has been a reviewer for Education and Treatment of Children, Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Educational Psychology, NASSP Bulletin, and Family Relations.
Melinda Jones Ault is an assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. Before coming to the university, Dr. Ault taught students with moderate and severe disabilities in rural Kentucky for 4 years. Dr. Ault served for many years as a research associate at the University of Kentucky, working on federally-funded research projects related to systematic instruction of students with moderate to severe disabilities, single subject research design, and early childhood special education. Most recently she served as the Project Director for the National Assistive Technology Research Institute, a federally funded project designed to examine factors related to the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of assistive technology services in schools.
Dr. Ault has co-authored a book related to systematic instruction for students with moderate to severe disabilities, an environmental assessment instrument for early childhood K-3 classrooms, a computer program for single subject research design, an instructional material for the implementation of assistive technology in schools, and over 35 journal articles related to her work. She regularly presents at national and international professional conferences.
Dr. Ault received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Special Education and a Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Kentucky. She received her Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Kentucky in 2010.
Her current research interests are in systematic instruction, communication, and technology applications for students with significant disabilities, and inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in their faith communities.
Margaret E. Bausch, Ed. D. is an associate professor in the University of Kentucky’s Assistive Technology (AT) Program and Director of the AT Certificate. She is co-chair of the Publications committee for the Technology and Media Division of CEC. She has authored publications in refereed journals and is the co-editor of the recently released book, Apps for All students: A Teacher’s Desktop Guide. She has 48 peer-reviewed and keynote presentations at national and international conferences. Dr. Bausch currently teaches courses in AT, AT Assessment, and Coordinating AT Programs.
Dr. Brian Bottge is the William T. Bryan Endowed Chair in Special Education in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. Prior to his appointment at UK, he was Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he was given Emeritus status.
Dr. Bottge is best known for Enhanced Anchored Instruction (EAI), which is a strategy for teaching math to low-performing adolescents. EAI provides rich and engaging contexts (i.e., computer and hands-on applications) where students develop their computation and problem-solving skills. Dr. Bottge’s work has been supported by grants from the McDonnell Foundation Cognitive Studies in Educational Practice, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) (Cognition and Student Learning). Dr. Bottge’s research is highlighted in the U. S. Department of Education “Doing What Works” website and has been reported in various education and technology publications.
A former rural special education teacher, Dr. Collins earned a master’s degree from the University of Virginia and a doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky with a focus in Severe Disabilities. She has been on faculty in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling since 1990. Dr. Collins helped develop the department’s distance education program in Moderate and Severe Disabilities with the support of numerous federal grants to prepare special education personnel in rural Kentucky. She also was instrumental in developing UK’s graduate certificate in Distance Education and has been successful in securing several federal grants to prepare future faculty with skills in distance education delivery.
Her present research interests are in three primary areas: (a) systematic instruction of functional core content with students with moderate and severe disabilities, (b) distance education to prepare rural special education personnel, and (c) inclusion of persons with special needs in their faith communities.
Dr. Collins is a past chair of the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) and currently serves as editor of the organization’s refereed journal, Rural Special Education Quarterly. She is the author of Moderate and Severe Disabilities: A Foundational Approach and Systematic Instruction for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities, as well as over 90 book chapters or publications in refereed journals. In addition, she regularly presents her research at a international and national professional conferences.
Dr. Sara Flanagan is an assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. She received her doctorate in special education from Purdue University in 2012 and a Master of Science in Education in educational technology in 2008. At Purdue University, she served as a research assistant on a variety of studies, ranging from developing a calculator for students with visual impairments to examining the effectiveness of “smartpen” technologies. Dr. Flanagan has coauthored publications relating to her research, and presented at conferences at the national and state levels.
Dr. Flanagan’s research focuses on supporting secondary students across content areas with a specific focus on written expression. She explores the effectiveness of and classroom usability of procedural facilitators and technology-based supports for written expression for students with and without learning disabilities.
Dr. Harold Kleinert is the executive director of the Human Development Institute-University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service at the University of Kentucky. He has directed a broad range of federally funded demonstration and research projects, including the KY Alternate Portfolio Study, the Paraprofessional Training Component for Kentucky’s State Improvement Grant, the KY Systems Change Project for Students with Severe Disabilities, the Personal Futures Planning Project for Individuals with Deaf-Blindness, and the KY Peer Service Learning Project.
Dr. Kleinert co-directed the development of KY’s alternate assessment (resulting in the first fully inclusive educational assessment system in the nation), and is nationally recognized for his research on alternate educational assessments. He has published widely in the area of alternate assessment for students with significant disabilities under IDEA, including research on the impact of the inclusion of students with significant disabilities in large-scale assessment and accountability systems, and is the lead author of the text Alternate Assessment: Measuring Outcomes and Supports for Students with Disabilities.
Donna Brostek Lee is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. Prior to starting at UK, Dr. Lee was an assistant professor and the co-coordinator of the Teaching Children with Visual Impairments and Orientation & Mobility with Children programs at Western Michigan University. Her specialty is working with children who are blind and visually impaired and she has been charged with the task of starting the new program to train Teachers of the Visually Impaired here at UK. Classes are expected to start in the fall of 2013.
Dr. Lee is very active in the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) and is currently the chair for the Personnel Preparation Division. She also has been a co-director of the Michigan Sports Education Camp for Youths with Visual Impairments for the past three years. Her research interests include sleep problems in young children who are blind and electronic travel aids for the blind. Most recently, Dr. Lee helped to develop an iOS app (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch) called ViA with the Braille Institute of America and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH). Dr. Lee provides training across the country on the use of iOS devices with the blind and visually impaired.
Dr. Lee received her doctorate from the University of Louisville and was honored to be a National Leadership in Visual Impairment (NCLVI) fellow during her doctoral program. Her master’s degree was in Orientation & Mobility and her bachelor’s degree in teaching was in elementary education and visual impairment. Both degrees were from Western Michigan University.
Prior to receiving his doctorate at the University of Iowa in 1981, Dr. McKenzie served as a public school secondary social studies teacher and special education resource teacher. Since arriving at the University of Kentucky in 2002, he has been a member of the Learning & Behavior Disorders program faculty and served as that program’s Faculty Chair from 2004 – 2008. Dr. McKenzie’s area of instructional expertise is the assessment of learning and other mild disabilities, and his current research focuses on improving the quality of collaborative, co-teaching models of instruction and issues related to response-to-intervention models.
Dr. Amy Spriggs is an assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. Dr. Spriggs received her Bachelor of Science, Master of Education and Doctorate Degrees in Special Education at the University of Georgia. Dr. Spriggs taught in public schools while pursuing her degrees and has over ten years of experience working with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and students with moderate/severe disabilities. Dr. Spriggs secured grant monies to be used in her classrooms. Dr. Spriggs focused her research on student needs to include practical systematic instruction implementation in the classroom, strategies to increase independence, access to recreation and leisure activities, and video modeling. Dr. Spriggs has authored book chapters and publications pertaining to these topics, and has presented her research at state and national conferences.
Dr. Spriggs is currently the Program Faculty Chair for the Moderate and Severe Disabilities (MSD) program. She advises all undergraduates and teaches both undergraduate and graduate methods and practicum courses in the MSD program.
Dr. Spriggs’ research interests include practical systematic instructional strategies for individuals with ASD and moderate/severe disabilities, increased independence, evidence-based practices, and technology.