Douglas, Sarah N. Ph.D.


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Assistant Professor


552 W Circle Dr, Room 3c Human Ecology Building, East Lansing, MI 48824

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Ph.D. Special Education, Pennsylvania State University; M.Ed. Northern Arizona University; B.S. Northern Arizona University


Dr. Sarah Douglas began working in the field as a special education teacher for children with disabilities in the Flagstaff, AZ (2003-2008). In 2011, she obtained a PhD in Special Education from Penn State University and remained from 2012-2014 as an Assistant Professor where she taught courses on inclusive special education, severe disabilities, English language learners with special needs, assistive technology, and autism. In 2014 she joined the faculty at MSU. She has two current grants: The Early On Faculty Grant -investigating early intervention practices in Michigan, and the Michigan Applied Public Policy Research – investigating policies and practices related to paraeducators in Michigan. Her research interests include: communication; autism and developmental disabilities; paraeducators; training strategies for paraeducators, parents, and teachers.

Areas of Interest

  • Communication
  • Autism
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Paraeducators