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Gonsalves, Vivian



headshot-2Clinical Assistant Professor
School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

College of Education
University of Florida
2-191 Norman Hall
PO Box 117050
Gainesville, FL 32611
352-273-4267
vgonsalves@coe.ufl.edu

Research Biography

Vivian Gonsalves, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies. Her research focuses on early literacy development, teacher education, mentoring, and reading instruction and remediation. She is currently an instructor of special education and literacy development courses in the Proteach program, which prepares pre-service teachers. Additionally, she is the University of Florida Literacy Initiative (UFLI) trainer for the same program. Dr. Gonsalves is currently the program coordinator for the Dyslexia Certificate program at UF. This is an online program for educators and other professionals interested in working with students with Dyslexia. Dr. Gonsalves is also the coordinator of the James Patterson Literacy Challenge, a project which focuses on improving literacy outcomes for students in high-needs schools in the state of Florida.

Degrees

Ph.D. – University of Florida, Special Education

M.Ed. – University of Florida, Special Education

B.S. – University of Florida, Elementary Education

Key Professional Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education, July 2018-Present
University of Florida, School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

Project Coordinator, James Patterson Literacy Challenge, January 2017-Present
University of Florida, School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education, August 2016-July 2018
University of Florida, School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

Program Coordinator, Dyslexia Certificate, August 2016-Present
University of Florida, School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

Professor in Residence, ADePT Grant, June 2015-August 2016
University of Florida, School of Teaching and Learning

Activities

Trainer, University of Florida Literacy Initiative (UFLI)
University of Florida, School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies

Professional Development Facilitator and Curriculum Development
University of Florida, Lastinger Center for Learning

Courses

EEX 6135 Foundations of Literacy Development and Dyslexia
EEX 6125 Intervention for Language and Learning Disabilities
EEX 6219 Reading Assessment & Intervention for Students with Disabilities
EEX 6841 Practicum for Intervention for Language and Learning Disabilities
EEX 6855 Dyslexia: Practicum in Assessment and Intervention

Service Positions and Committees

Professional Development, School Board of Alachua County, 2015-Present
Mentor, High Honors Undergraduate Projects, College of Education at the University of Florida, 2011-2014
Member, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Teacher Education Division, 2012-Present
Representative, Faculty Policy Council (FPC), College of Education at the University of Florida, 2018-Present
Member, FPC Technology and Distance Education Committee, College of Education at the University of Florida, 2017-Present
Member, Scholarship Committee, College of Education at the University of Florida, 2016-2018
Member, International Dyslexia Association (IDA), 2016-Present
Guest Reviewer, Exceptionality, 2013

Selected Links

University of Florida Literacy Initiative https://education.ufl.edu/ufli/
Dyslexia Certificate https://education.ufl.edu/special-education/programs/dyslexia/
James Patterson Literacy Challenge https://education.ufl.edu/patterson/