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Jennifer Desiderio

Associate Professor

128 Porter


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  • Doctorate in progress
  • Ed.S., School Psychology, Miami University (Oxford, OH), 1995
  • M.S., School Psychology, Miami University (Oxford, OH), 1993
  • B.A., Psychology, Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY), 1992
Jennifer Desiderio

Professional Summary

Interests and Expertise

  • Response-to-Intervention (academic and behavioral)
  • Collaborative Problem Solving
  • Curriculum-Based Measurement
  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Learning Styles

Before joining the faculty of the Department of Special Education at EMU, I served for almost fifteen years in public schools as a school psychologist, educational trainer, and consultant. Throughout my school-based career, I worked directly with K-12 students certified with a wide variety of disabilities, both pre- and post-referral. My first eight years were spent in southwestern Ohio, where I was immersed in the Response-to-Intervention (RTI) model of service delivery. During my time in Michigan, I continued to assess and intervene with at-risk students but also presented county-wide and school-based workshops as well as consulted with multiple school districts in the areas of collaborative teaming and problem solving, scientifically-based academic and behavioral interventions, curriculum-based assessment, IEP goal writing, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I came to EMU in 2008 to educate future special education teachers with the hope of making a difference in students' lives on a larger scale.

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

"Abolishing the Myths of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder"

·   Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (Grand Rapids, Michigan) March 2012

"Bricks and Mortar: The Integral Relationship Between Universal Design for Learning and Learning Styles"

·   International Learning Styles Network Conference (Bronx, New York) July 2012

"The Fantastic Four (and a Little Bit More): Evidence-Based Reading Interventions for Home and School"

·   Michigan Council for Exceptional Children (Grand Rapids, Michigan) March 2012

"Revolutionary Redesign: An Extreme Makeover of a Core Teacher Preparation Course"

·   Michigan Association of Teacher Educators Fall Conference (Livonia, Michigan) October 2011

·    Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching – South (Greensboro, North Carolina) February 2012

·    The Teaching Professor Conference (Washington, DC) June 2012


  • SPGN 3232W – Writing for Professionals in Special Education
  • SPGN 390 – Measurement and Diagnosis in Special Education
  • SPGN 461 – Classroom Management and Intervention Strategies for Students with Disabilities


  • Higher Education Pedagogy
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Learning Styles

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • The Association of Teacher Educators (ATE)

Licensures and Certifications

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