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Debra Chiaradonna, Ph.D.

Debra Chiaradonna, Ph.D.

Debra's headshot
Assistant Professor of Education
Chair of Education Department
St. Joseph Hall, Room 464
Educational Background: 

B.A., Elementary Education & Special Education K-12
M.A., Reading Specialist
Ph.D., Educational Psychology

Courses Taught: 

Educational Psychology
Child Development
Classroom Management
Introduction to Special Education
Foundations of Special Education
Reading and Writing in the Secondary Classroom
Educational Practices for Students with Learning and/or Emotional Disabilities

Scholarly Interests: 

The effects of ADHD on children's social behavior as it applies to decision-making
Teacher awareness of self-determination as it impacts classroom management
Classroom environment related to increasing student engagement

Selected Publications: 

Wolensky-Chiaradonna, D. (2005). "A combination of skills, strategies, and self-determination for students with specific learning disabilities." Learning Disabilities Association of Pennsylvania: Monographs Journal. Volume VI, issue 1.
Mulligan, R., Price, L., & Wolensky-Chiaradonna, D. (2002). "Self-determination in action in the classroom.'' Remedial and Special Education, v23 n2 I 09-I 5.

Selected Presentations and Workshops: 

Pennsylvania Federation Council for Exceptional Children: November 1996, Service-Learning Incorporated into the Curriculum, Hershey, PA.
Council for ExceptionalChildren: Tteacher Education Division: November 2000, The New Millennium:  Issues, Concerns, and Solutions.  Inplementing Opportunities for Student Self-Determination in the Classroom, Las Vegas, NV
Council for Exceptioanl Children National Convention, February 2001, Promoting Teacher Knowledge Base of Self-Determination, Vancouver, British Columbia
Learning Disabilities Association: Facing the Challenges: November 2011, ADHD Perspectives, Harrisburg, PA

Other Academic Information: 

Professional Memberships:
Council for Exceptional Children
Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development