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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

special education


Deborah Chen

Ph.D in Special Education with a minor in developmental psychology, University of California Berkley and San Francisco State University, 1985
(818) 677-4604

Specialization: Early Childhood Special Education


SPED 431 Atypical development of young children with disabilities
SPED 531 Methods for young children with multiple disabilities: Sensory impairments
SPED 580EC Advanced specialist fieldwork in ECSE: Preschool/preK
SPED 506EC Special education internship field experience
SPED 578EC Fieldwork in ECSE: Infant/Toddler

Professional Interests:
Dr. Chen has conducted research and developed materials for professional development in the following areas: interdisciplinary perspectives in early intervention; communication with young children who have multiple disabilities, visual impairments, and who are deaf-blind; caregiver-infant communication; and culturally responsive services to young children and their families of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Her print publications and other media reflect these professional interests.

Background:  Dr. Chen has been a special educator of preschool and school age children
with a variety of learning needs and sensory impairments. She has also been an early interventionist working with families and their infants who were visually impaired or deaf and hard of hearing and an administrator of early intervention and school aged special education programs. Dr. Chen has directed or co-directed 11 projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education through the Model Demonstration, Outreach, Projects of National Significance, Research to Practice, and Personnel Preparation competitions. She has presented at local, state, national and international conferences and has conducted professional development courses and workshops throughout the United States and also in Australia, Canada, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Netherlands.