Program Faculty

Meet Our Esteemed Faculty: At the heart of the University of Florida’s commitment to educational excellence lies our distinguished faculty. Comprising visionary educators, researchers, and practitioners, our faculty bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion to our community. With accolades in groundbreaking research, excellence in teaching, and dedication to impactful service, they not only shape the future of their fields but also mentor the next generation of leaders. Explore the profiles of our faculty members to discover the minds driving innovation and inclusion in education at UF.

Faculty

Mary Brownell

Mary Brownell, Ph.D.

Professor

Anthony Botelho

Matthew Burns, Ph.D.

Fien Professor

Kara Dawson

Nelson Brunsting, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Maya Israel

Katy Chapman, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Kristi Cheyney-Collante

Kristi Cheyney-Collante, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Bojan Lazarevic

Maureen Conroy, Ph.D.

Professor

Rob Moore

Valentina Contesse, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Nigel Newbutt

Kyena Cornelius, Ed.D.

Clinical Associate Professor

Alice Kaye Emery

Alice Kaye Emery, Ph.D.

Assistant Scholar

Seyedahmad Rahimi

Vivian Gonsalves, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Cynthia Griffin

Cynthia Griffin, Ph.D.

Professor

Alisa Hanson

Alisa Hanson, Ed.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Larisa Olesova

Dwight Irvin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Margaret Kamman

Margaret Kamman, Ph.D.

Assistant Scholar

Albert Ritzhaupt

Holly Lane, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Wanli Xing

Melinda Leko, Ph.D.

Professor

Linda Lombardino

Linda Lombardino, Ph.D.

Professor

Ashley MacSuga-Gage

Ashley MacSuga-Gage, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor

Albert Ritzhaupt

Tara Mathien, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Hannah Morris Mathews<br />

Hannah Morris Mathews, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Larisa Olesova

Erica McCray, Ph.D.

Associate Dean Personnel Affairs

James McLeskey

James McLeskey, Ph.D.

Professor

Paige Pullen

Paige Pullen, Ph.D.

Research Professor

Wanli Xing

Stephen Smith, Ph.D.

Professor

Larisa Olesova

Patricia Snyder, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor, Affiliate Professor

Emeritus Faculty

Penny Cox, Ph.D.

Clinical Prof. & Grad. Coord.

Jean Crockett, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita
jcrockett@coe.ufl.edu

Ann Daunic, Ph.D.

Scholar Emerita
adaunic@coe.ufl.edu

Stephen Smith, Ph.D.

Professor
hajones@coe.ufl.edu

Mary McLean, Ph.D.

Professor
marymclean@coe.ufl.edu

Mary Ann Nelson, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer Emerita
nelsonma@coe.ufl.edu

Jeanne Repetto, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emerita
jrepetto@coe.ufl.edu

Paul Sindelar, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor
pts@coe.ufl.edu

Staff

Kimberlie Gann
Administrative Support Assistant I

gannk@coe.ufl.edu
(352) 294-0779

Heather Dampier
Academic Assistant II

hdampier@coe.ufl.edu
(352) 273-4245

Shaira Rivas-Otero
Administrative Support Assistant III

srivas@coe.ufl.edu
(352) 273-4277

Michell York
Administrative Specialist III

myork@coe.ufl.edu
(352) 273-4279

Doctoral Students

Our doctoral students represent a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Their contributions to the Department are many and their roles varied.

Listings of Doctoral Students Contact

The Early Childhood and Special Education Association of Doctoral Students (ECSEADS) is an organization in which doctoral students may participate. It is a vehicle through which doctoral students share professional, academic, and social experiences. ECSEADS members also network with doctoral students in other universities in Florida.