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Douglas, Sarah N. Ph.D.


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

Areas of Interest

  • Communication
  • Autism
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Paraeducators


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. Three of her recent grants include: The Early On Faculty Grant -investigating early intervention practices in Michigan, the Michigan Applied Public Policy Research – investigating policies and practices related to paraeducators in Michigan, and the RAIND research grant – investigating the use of sensor technologies to measure social interaction for children with autism and their typically developing peers.

Dr. Douglas is accepting doctoral students for 2018-2019. Applications due December 1.