Ph.D. 1999 Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology, University of Arizona.
M.S. 1987 Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, Teachers College, Columbia University.
B.A. 1986 Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Summary of Professional Experiences
2009- Present Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, California State University, Northridge. Tenure granted.
2003- 2009 Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, California State University, Northridge.
2002-2003 Program Specialist, San Luis Coastal Unified School District.
1999-2002 Speech-Language Pathologist; Teacher of Students who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind, Phoenix Day School for the Deaf.
1989-2001 Speech- Language Pathologist in public schools; primarily working with deaf/hard of hearing students.
1993-1996 Clinical Faculty positions at The Ohio State University and Texas Women’s University.
2011 Co-Principal Investigator. California Post-Secondary Education Commission/ California Department of Education: Enhancing Quality with Teachers of Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. $500,000 for two years.
2011 Michael D. Eisner College of Education University Research Fellow. Understanding the Nature of Parent-to-Parent Support.
2010 Co-Principal Investigator. California Department of Education. $50,000 for the production of the ASL-DVD: Through your child’s eyes: American Sign Language.
2010 Sabbatical awarded. Describing teachers’ use of see-the-sound/visual phonics in reading instruction: Understanding how, who, when and where.
2009 Walmart Foundation, State Giving Program. Deaf Education And Families Project (D.E.A.F. Project). $50,000 for one year to implement outreach and education with medical community involved in the Newborn Hearing Screening Process.
2009 California Department of Education. Parentlinks (Hope, Dream, Achieve). $65,000 per year for 3 years to implement follow-ups with families referred for audiological evaluations after Newborn Hearing Screenings. Awarded to Family Focus Resource and Empowerment Center.
2008 California Department of Education. Parentlinks (Hope, Dream, Achieve). $50,000 for one year to implement follow-ups with families referred for audiological evaluations after Newborn Hearing Screenings. Awarded to Family Focus Resource and Empowerment Center. Service area is all of Southern California.
2007 Probationary Faculty Development Program, California State University, Northridge. An Examination of the Phonological Awareness and Decoding Skills with DHH Students that use Visual Phonics.
2005 Probationary Faculty Development Program, California State University, Northridge. Visual Phonics in Language Arts Instruction with Students who are D/HH.
2005 Judge Julian Beck Grant, California State University, Northridge. Promoting Transdisciplinary Collaboration and Knowledge between Students becoming Teachers of the DHH, Speech Language Pathologists, or Audiologists.
Chen, D., Friedman Narr, R., & Wormsley, D. (in press). Teaching students who have sensory disabilities. In B.G. Cook & M. Tankersley, M. (Eds.). Research-based practices in special education. Boston, MA: Pearson.
Friedman Narr, R.A., & Cawthon, S. (2011). The ‘wh’ questions of visual phonics: what, who, where, when, and why. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 16, 66-78.
Schirmer, B. A., & Friedman Narr, R. A. (2009). Phonemic awareness and phonics instruction with deaf and hard-of-hearing students. In W. L. Heward, Exceptional children: An introductory survey of special education (9th ed.) (pp. 356-357). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall.
Narr, R. F. (2008). Phonological awareness and decoding in deaf/hard-of-hearing students who use visual phonics. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 13, 405-416.
Sanchez, I. & Friedman Narr, R.A. (2011, March). Entendiendo. Understanding Hispanic/latino Families with Deaf or Hard of Hearing Children. California Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Norwalk, CA.
Hanreddy, A., Knopf, R., & Friedman Narr, R.A. (2010, March). Gimme 5! Easy ways to include students with disabilities in the DHH classroom. California Educators of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Annual Conference. Sacramento, CA.
Friedman Narr, R.A. & Cawthon, S. (2010, February). Who, what, where, when, and why with Visual Phonics. Association of College Educators of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Annual Conference. Lexington, KY.
Friedman Narr, R.A. & Chauhan, A. (2009, October). Understanding the language needs of DHH children. Southern California Hearing Coordination Center Semi-Annual Meeting. Northridge, CA.
Certificate of Clinical Competence- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Council on Education of the Deaf –Professional Certificate
California Professional Clear: Clinical or Rehabilitative Services Teacher Credential