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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

College of Education

Personnel Directory

Rachel Friedman Narr

Rachel  Friedman Narr
Department of Special Education
Office:ED 2210
Phone:818 677 4007



Ph.D. Special Education/Deaf Education, University of Arizona, 1999.




Deaf Education


Professional Interests

Teacher Preparation and Research. Research interests include exploring explicit reading instruction with students who are D/HH, specifically students' access to and use of phonemic strategies for reading and spelling.


Rachel has spent the majority of her career as a Speech Language Pathologist working with students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing in schools for the deaf and local public schools. She has also served as clinical faculty at The Ohio State University in the Department Speech and Hearing Science and at Texas Woman's University in Communication Disorders. Rachel has taught several courses in Deaf Education and Speech and Hearing as an adjunct professor at Arizona State University , University of Arizona , and Northern Arizona University.   She has given local, state, & national presentations and workshops on literacy instruction. She has authored and co-authored several publications pertaining to literacy instruction with general and special educators.  Rachel has traveled throughout the world visiting Japan, East Africa, Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean . She continues to enjoy traveling, as well as reading, outdoor exercise, crafts, computer technology, and her family~ three dogs, one cat, and her husband.


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2011-2012 University Research Fellow of the COE


Rachel Friedman Narr (Special Education) is the 2011-2012 University Research Fellow of the COE. Her research topic is “Examining the Nature of Parent-to-Parent Support to Families of Newly Identified Infants who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.” She has proposed novel research in conjunction with the Deaf Education and Families Project (DEAF Project) housed in the Family Focus Resource Center. Her study will use a mixed-methods approach to analyze the data in the DEAF Project database. For more information about the Deaf Education And Families Project, please visit: http://www.csun.edu/deafproject. This work is scheduled to be presented at several conferences in Spring 2012 and will be submitted for publication later in the year.

March 4-5, 2012 : Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

April 14, 2012: Council for Exceptional Children, Denver, CO

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