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Pullen, Paige C.



Paige PullenLiteracy Officer and Research Professor,
Lastinger Center for Learning and
School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies

College of Education
University of Florida
G315 Norman Hall
PO Box 117052
Gainesville, FL 32611-7052
Phone: 352-273-4157
Fax: 352-392-2655
ppullen@coe.ufl.edu

Research Biography

Dr. Paige C. Pullen joins the University of Florida faculty with appointments in the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies and the Lastinger Center for Learning. Dr. Pullen comes to UF after 16 years at the University of Virginia (UVA), where she held appointments in the Curry School of Education and the School of Medicine. Dr. Pullen is a triple Gator with her BAE, MEd, and PhD from the University of Florida. She was a public school elementary and reading teacher for 12 years, teaching students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse learning disabilities and abilities. She has been recognized as an outstanding teacher at UVA, receiving the 2011 Seven Society Outstanding Mentor Award and the 2010 Outstanding Professor of the year at Curry. She has served as Publications Chair for the Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children and as President of the Virginia Council for Exceptional Children. Dr. Pullen is a member of several editorial boards and since 2010 has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Exceptionality, and she is co-editor of the Handbook of Special Education. Dr. Pullen’s research has focused primarily on implementing effective interventions for children with or at risk for learning disabilities, especially in the area of reading. She has worked with colleagues from the UVA School of Medicine to provide effective health and educational services to children with disabilities not only at UVA but in rural Southwest Virginia and, most notably, in Lusaka, Zambia, and Gaborone, Botswana in Africa.

Degrees

Ph.D. in Special Education, 2000
University of Florida

M.A.Ed. in Elementary Education, 1990
University of Florida
Specialization in Early Childhood Education

B.A. in Education, 1988
University of Florida

Key Professional Appointments

Research Professor, School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies, University of Florida, 2017 – Present

Literacy Initiatives Manager, Lastinger Center for Learning, University of Florida, 2017 – Present

Associate Professor, Pediatrics (Secondary Appointment), University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, 2013 – 2017

Associate Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, 2007 – 2017

Activities and Honors

Activities

  • Editor-in-Chief, Exceptionality: A Special Education Journal, 2010 – present
  • Editorial Board, Exceptional Children, 2015 – present
  • Editorial Board, Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 2006 – present
  • Editorial Board, Teacher Education in Special Education
  • Editorial Board, Learning Disabilities Quarterly, 2004 – present
  • Editorial Board, Young Exceptional Children, 2001 – present

Honors

Academy Fellow, International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, 2014 (inducted) – present

Outstanding Publication Award, Teacher Education Division, Council for Exceptional Children (co-authored with Kennedy, M. J., Ely, E.*, Thomas, C. N., Pullen, P. C, Newton, J. R, Ashworth, K.*, Cole, M.*, T., & Lovelace, S. P.*), 2013

Seven Society Outstanding Mentoring Award, 2011

Outstanding Professor of the Year, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, 2010

Grants

Externally Funded Projects

Reading by Third: Professional Development Training for General and Special Education Teachers. (2017-2020). Trident United Way, South Carolina. (Co-PI, $1,500,000, Funded)

Internally Funded Projects

Jefferson Public Citizens Award (Faculty Advisor, Nemec, Halacy, & Baetsen, 2013). Ku-Punzitsa Apunzitsi: Creating a Professional Skills Program for Teachers in Lusaka, Zambia. (Project funded for $16,984)

Jefferson Public Citizen Award (Co-Mentor, Som, Cai, Majumdar, Harris & Hazel, 2013). Hope through Mobility: Assistive Mobility Devices in Lusaka, Zambia. (Funded for $20,000)

Center for Global Health Award (Faculty Advisor, Nemec, Halacy, & Baetsen, 2013) Ku-Punzitsa Apunzitsi: Creating a Professional Skills Program for Teachers in Lusaka, Zambia. (Project funded for $5,000)

Davis Project for Peace (Faculty Advisor, Nemec, Halacy, & Baetsen, 2014, Funded for $10,000) Ku-Punzitsa Apunzitsi: Improving the literacy lesson planning and intervention of teachers for children with learning/intellectual disabilities in Zambia. Selected as the UVA representative to the national Davis Project for Peace competition.

Center for International Studies, University of Virginia (Principal Investigator, with Scharf, Co-PI, 2013, Funded, $3,000) Zambia’s Hope: Assessment and Instruction of Children and Youth with Learning Disabilities in Zambia.

Center for International Studies, University of Virginia (Co-Principal Investigator, with Scharf, PI, 2014, Funded, $4,500) Transforming Lives: Caring for Children and Youth with Learning Disabilities in Zambia.

Selected Publications

Pullen, P. C. (2016). Prevalence of learning disabilities from parental and professional perspectives: A comparison of the data from the National Surveys of Children’s Health and the Office of Special Education’s Reports to Congress. Journal of Learning Disabilities. doi: 10.1177/0022219416659447

Pullen, P. C. (2016). Historical and current perspectives on learning disabilities in the United States.  Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal.

Pullen, P. C., & Lane, H. B. (2016). Hands-on decoding: Guidelines for using manipulative letters. Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 21, 27-37. doi: 10.18666/LDMJ-2016-V21-I1-6797

Lane, H. B., & Pullen, P. C. (2015). Blending wheels: Tools for decoding practice. Teaching Exceptional Children, 48, 86-92.

Ely, E.*, Pullen, P. C., Kennedy, M. J., & Cole Williams, M.* (2015). A multimedia tool to deliver professional development of vocabulary instruction. Journal of Special Education Technology, 30(1), 59-72.

Ashworth, K.,* & Pullen, P. C. (2014). Comparing regression discontinuity and multivariate analysis of variance: Examining the effects of a vocabulary intervention for students at risk for reading disability. Learning Disability Quarterly. doi: 10.1177/0731948714555020

Pullen, P.C., & Lane, H. B. (2014). Teacher directed decoding practice with manipulative letters and decoding skills of struggling first grade students. Exceptionality, 22, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/09362835.2014.865952

Driver, M. K.*, Pullen, P. C., Kennedy, M. J., Williams, M. C.*, & Ely, E.* (2014). Using instructional technology to improve preservice teachers’ knowledge of phonological awareness. Teacher Education & Special Education, 37(4), 309-329. doi:10.1177/0888406414537902

Ely, E.*, Kennedy, M. J., Pullen, P. C., Williams, M. C.*, & Hirsch, S. E.* (2014). Improving instruction of future teachers: A multimedia approach that supports implementation of evidence-based vocabulary practices. Teaching & Teacher Education, 44, 35-43. doi:10.1016/j.tate.2014.07.012

Ely, E.*, Pullen, P. C., Kennedy, M. J., Hirsch, S. E.*, Williams, M. C*. (2014). Use of instructional technology to improve teacher candidate knowledge of vocabulary instruction. Computers & Education. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2014.01.013

Kennedy, M. J., Driver, M. K.*, Pullen, P. C., Ely, E.*, & Cole, M. T.* (2013). Improving teacher candidates’ knowledge of phonological awareness: A multimedia approach. Computers & Education. 64, 42-51. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2013.01.010

Kennedy, M. J., Ely, E.*, Thomas, C. N., Pullen, P. C, Newton, J. R, Ashworth, K.*, Cole, M.*, T., & Lovelace, S. P. *(2012). Using multimedia tools to support teacher candidates’ learning. Teacher Education and Special Education, 35, 243-257. doi: 10.1177/0888406412451158

Books

Pullen, P. C., & Kennedy, M. J. (in press). Handbook of Response to Intervention and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. New York: Routledge.

Hallahan, D. P., Kauffman, J. M., & Pullen, P. C. (2017). Handbook of Special Education, 2nd Edition. New York: Routledge.

Hallahan, D. P., Kauffman, J. M., & Pullen, P. C. (2009, 2012, 2015, in press). Exceptional learners: An introduction to special education, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th Editions. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson. (Translated into: German, Spanish, Korean, and Arabic.)

Mercer, C. D., Mercer, A., & Pullen, P. C. (2005, 2009, 2011). Teaching students with learning problems, 6th, 7th, 8th editions. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.