Professor Palladino advocates for a broader understanding and approach to special education program delivery, especially for marginalized students who encounter additional barriers to their educational attainment. Such students include foster care youth, homeless youth, youth with multiple mental health intervention needs, and LGBT youth victims of bullying. Combining past experiences as a classroom teacher and school administrator, service to non-profit organizations, and an active research agenda, Dr. Palladino helps aspirant and current teachers and administrators make realistic links between ideal service delivery and everyday challenges that confront administrators, teachers and students. His classes involve an active service component with local schools and agencies.
Outside of his classroom teaching, Dr. Palladino maintains an active research agenda, specializing in qualitative research approaches to understand the "voice" of service providers who interact with marginalized student and family populations. He often mentors doctoral, graduate and undergraduate student researchers.