Amy Petersen, Ed.D.

Associate Professor & Chair, COE Senate
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Areas of Expertise: 
  • Disability studies
  • Inclusion
  • Low incidence disabilities
  • Qualitative research
  • Autoethnography
Research Interests: 
  • Capturing the narratives of individuals with disabilities and their families
  • Qualitative methodology and methods
  • Inclusive education
  • Literacy learning in children with complex communication needs and severe disabilities
  • Role of technology in supporting literacy development and inclusion
Selected Publications: 
  • Petersen, A. J. (2009). Shana's story: The struggles, quandaries, and pitfalls surrounding self-determination. Disability Studies Quarterly, 29 (2).
  • Petersen, A. J. (2009). Ain't nobody gonna get me down: An examination of the educational experiences of four African American women labeled with disabilities. Equity & Excellence in Education, 4.
  • Petersen, A. J. (2006). An African-American woman with disabilities: The intersection of gender, race, and disability. Disability & Society, 121 (7).
Education: 
  • BA Special Education, University of Northern Iowa
  • M.Ed. Special Education, University of Northern Iowa
  • Ed.D. Special Education, University of Northern Iowa