BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES
SERSP LD Faculty/Staff

Shirin Antia Shirin Antia, Ph.D.
Dr. Candace Bos Candace Bos, Ph.D.
Dr. Todd Fletcher Todd Fletcher, Ph.D.
Dr. Judy Kroese Judy Kroese, Ph.D.
Dr. Nancy Mather Nancy Mather, Ph.D.
Dr. Nancy Mather Maria Nahmias, Ph.D.
Nalan Babur Nalan Babur, M.A.
Carlos Dejud Carlos Dejud, M.A.
Deborah Rhein Deborah Rhein, M.A.
Janice Sammons Janice Sammons, M.A.

SHIRIN ANTIA, Ph.D.

Dr. Shirin Antia

Dr. Antia is a full professor in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology at The University of Arizona. She coordinates the teacher preparation specialization in education of Deaf/ Hard of Hearing. She teaches master's and doctoral level courses in the areas of language development of exceptional children, language and literacy assessment and intervention of Deaf/Hard of Hearing children, and research. She has been a board member of the Council on Education of the Deaf and involved in the revision of teacher preparation standards. Dr. Antia has also served as the president of the Association of College Educators- Deaf/Hard of Hearing and is actively involved in the professional preparation activities of this organization. Her research interests are in the area of peer interaction and social integration and inclusion of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and she has authored numerous research articles and chapters on these topics. Her most recent publications are "The roles of Special Educators and Classroom Teachers in an Inclusive School", "Team teaching in an Integrated Classroom", and "Considerations in Educating Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students in Inclusive Settings" in the July issue of The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. Dr. Antia has been the principal investigator of four personnel preparation grants, and one research grant. She is Asian and has considerable international and inter-cultural experiences in special education.

Address and Phone for Dr. Antia:
    The University of Arizona
    College of Education
    Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, & School Psychology
    Box 210069
    1430 E 2nd Street
    Tucson, Arizona 85721

      (520) 621-0944
      (520) 621-3821 FAX

    e-mail: santia@u.arizona.edu
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NALAN BABUR, Ph.D.

Nalan Babur, was doctoral candidate in Special Education at The University of Arizona, was studying the relationship among phonological awareness skills, orthographic skills and early literacy. Her secondary interest was statistical applications for educational research. She has a background as an educational psychologist in her homeland of Turkey. She worked with data analysis with Project RIME.

Address and Phone for Ms. Babur:
    The University of Arizona
    College of Education
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Dr. Candace Bos Dr. Candace
Bos CANDACE S. BOS, Ph.D.
Wife, Mother, Teacher, Mentor, Friend

Dr. Candace Bos, a longtime professor, colleague, student and friend in CoE, died Monday, August 13, 2001, at her home in Austin, Texas. A memorial service was held at the Hill Country Bible Church, 12124 Ranch Road, Austin, TX 78750, on Saturday, August 18 at 11 a.m. She is survived by her husband, Robert S. Bos, son, Jon, and brother, Duke Wiggins of Hutchinson, Kansas. Her family and friends held memorial services in Hutchinson and Tucson.


The University of Arizona hosted a memorial service in Tucson, Arizona
on Saturday, September 8, 2001
Kiva Auditorium, Room 211, in the College of Education, 1430 E. 2nd Street.

A PAGE IN MEMORY OF DR. BOS CAN BE FOUND AT:
http://www.u.arizona.edu/~pforeman/BosMemorial/BosBio.html"/

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TODD FLETCHER, Ph.D.

Dr. Todd Fletcher is an associate professor in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology (SERSP). He is the coordinator of the program in bilingual multicultural learning disabilities and advises students enrolled in this concentration in the master's, educational specialist, and doctoral degree areas. Courses taught by Dr. Fletcher include: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Exceptional Learners, Assessing Bilingual Learners, Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Learners, and the Bilingual Special Education Colloquium.

Dr. Fletcher is a graduate of the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico. During the past 10 years, he has directed a summer program in Mexico entitled " Verano en Mexico." He routinely takes students for about 4 weeks in the summer and visits special education and general education classrooms in Mexico City and other states such as Morelia, Michoacan, Guanajuato, Jalisco, and Oaxaca. Other visits to clinics, institutes, and special schools highlight the summer program.

Dr. Fletcher is also the director of INTERFACE 2000, interdisciplinary programs which recruit and train educators to serve Hispanic and Native American students with special learning needs. Personnel trained through INTERFACE can assume the role of educational diagnostician and/or teacher of LEP/bilingual students with disabilities in a variety of educational settings. He also directs the INTERSTELLAR TEACH Project which is an Interdisciplinary Special Education Teacher Education for Students with Learning, Language, Behavioral, And Related Disabilities To Educate Across Categories of High Incidence.

Another area of interest of Dr. Fletcher has been the development of a series of inter-American symposiums symposiums begun in Tucson, Arizona at the University of Arizona to develop collaborative programs in education and create institutional linkages among the United States, Mexico, and Latin America. These symposiums have resulted in action plans between the two countries designed to enhance collaboration and cooperation in special education and indigenous education. In March 1997, an International Congress on Disability entitled "Disability in the Year 2000" was held in Mexico City at the World Trade Center. The first congress held in May of 1995 attracted some 3,000 participants from Mexico, Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo addressed the conference during the closing session and signaled the importance of these collaborative activities. More recently, international congresses were held in Mexico City in 1997, 2000, and 2002 attracting more than 3,000 and impacting on policy development and awareness of disability issues. Dr. Fletcher co-edited a book as a result of these symposiums entitled Helping Individuals with Disabilities and Their Families: Mexican and U.S. Perspectives. The book was published in 1999 by the Bilingual Review Press.


Dr. Fletcher's GRANTS & VERANO en MEXICO WEB SITES & LINKS:

Address and Phone for Dr. Fletcher:
    The University of Arizona
    College of Education
    Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, & School Psychology
    Box 210069
    1430 E 2nd Street
    Tucson, Arizona 85721

      (520) 621-0939
      (520) 621-3821 FAX
    e-mail: toddf@u.arizona.edu
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CARLOS DEJUD, Ph.D.

Carlos Dejud works in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology. He is a graduate teaching assistant in the bilingual school psychology program. He received his Master's degree at the University of Arizona in the field of bilingual/multicultural special education with emphasis in the area of Behavioral Disorders.

Verano en Mexico UofA Websites:

Address and Phone for Mr. Dejud:
    The University of Arizona
    College of Education
    Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, & School Psychology
    Tucson, Arizona 85721
e-mail: carlosdejud@hotmail.com
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JUDY KROESE, Ph.D.

Dr. Judy Kroese was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology at The University of Arizona. She holds a Master's Degree in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Iowa and the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her doctorate (May, 1999) was in School Psychology (with an emphasis in neuropsychology) from the University of Georgia where her major professor was Dr. George Hynd. Her clinical interests are in language and learning disabilities, particularly in the areas of phonology, reading, and spelling. Her research interests are also in these areas as well as in brain/behavior relationships. She has used the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program (LiPS--formerly known as the Auditory Discrimination in Depth Program) for over 25 years, having given numerous workshops on this program. She has also taught courses in learning disabilities and in language development in exceptional children. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Learning Disabilities. She has written an article on analysis of spelling in elementary grades and a chapter about assessing cognitive abilities in children with Specific Language Impairment (in press). Previous publications were on language and learning disabilities in children with learning disabilities and/or hearing impairments. She was the Program Coordinator on Project RIMES 2000 on which she was involved in professional development and research.

Dr. Kroese was Program Coordinator of Project RIMES 2000:

Address and Phone for Dr. Kroese:
    The University of Arizona
    College of Education
    Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, & School Psychology
    e-mail: kroese@earthlink.net
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NANCY MATHER, Ph.D.

Dr. Nancy Mather Dr. Nancy Mather is a Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson, specializing in the areas of assessment, reading, writing, and learning disabilities. She received her doctorate from the University of Arizona in 1985 in learning disabilities with minor areas of study in reading and school psychology. Other professional interests include adapting special education strategies to help general education teachers accommodate student diversity. She is a co-author of the Woodcock-Johnson III. Dr. Mather has written many articles on topical issues in the field of learning disabilities. She has co-authored several books, including: Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors: A Guide to Intervention and Classroom Management (Brookes, 2001), Informal Assessment and Instruction in Written Language: A Practitioner's Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities (Wiley, 1995) and Overcoming Underachieving: An Action Guide for Helping Your Child Succeed in School (Wiley, 1998). She has co-authored several books, including: Learning Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors: A Guide to Intervention and Classroom Management (Brookes, 2001), Informal Assessment and Instruction in Written Language: A Practitioner's Guide for Students with Learning Disabilities (Wiley, 1995) and Overcoming Underachieving: An Action Guide for Helping Your Child Succeed in School (Wiley, 1998). Dr. Mather is Director of Project RIME-Online, a Federal research grant to promote to provide online training to teachers in early intervention with children at-risk for reading failure.

Dr. Mather was Co-Director of Arizona Cross-Categorical Teacher (ACT) (Now ended):

and Director of Project RIME (Now ended):

Address and Phone for Dr. Mather:
    The University of Arizona
    College of Education
    Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, & School Psychology
    Box 210069
    1430 E 2nd Street
    Tucson, Arizona 85721

      (520) 621-0943
      (520) 621-3821 FAX
    e-mail: nmather@u.arizona.edu
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MARIA NAHMIAS, Ph.D.

Dr. Maria Nahmias Dr. Nahmias is an adjunct associate professor of Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology. She is Co-Director of the INTERSTELLAR Project, an interdisciplinary teacher education program in language, reading, and learning disabilities. She advises master's students completing their program in learning disabilities and teaches courses in the areas of learning disabilities, collaboration, attention deficit disorders, and interdisciplinary professional preparation. Dr. Nahmias has authored several published articles on attention deficit disorders and teacher education, which appear in journals such as Teaching Exceptional Children, Teacher Education and Special Education, and Intervention in School and Clinic. Dr. Nahmias has also presented papers at professional conferences regarding her work in teacher education and professional development, interdisciplinary teacher preparation, language disorders and learning disabilities, and attention deficit disorders.

Dr. Nahmias is Co-Director of the INTERSTELLAR Project:

Address and Phone for Dr. Nahmias:
    The University of Arizona
    College of Education
    Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, & School Psychology
    Box 210069
    1430 E 2nd Street
    Tucson, Arizona 85721

      (520) 621-0935
      (520) 621-3821 FAX
    email: mnahmias@u.arizona.edu
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DEBORAH RHEIN, Ph.D.

Deborah Rhein, a former doctoral candidate in Special Education at The University of Arizona, is also a bilingual speech-language pathologist. She is interested in the relationship of language disorders with dyslexia. Her secondary interests include the relationship of second language acquisition with literacy acquisition and school success. She was very involved in choosing and collecting data on student assessment measures, assisted with teaching the RIME course, and a variety of other tasks with Project RIME.

Address and Phone for Ms. Rhein:
    The University of Arizona
    College of Education
    Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, & School Psychology
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JANICE SAMMONS, M.A.

Janice Sammons

Janice Sammons is the Project Coordinator and contact person for anyone seeking information about Project RIME or Project RIMES 2000. She oversees the general organization of these grants, and works with the collection of articles, materials, and microtasks associated with these projects. She also works to support the participants of the grants and collaborate with teachers in the field. In addition to her work as a Project Coordinator, she works as a Diagnostician for students seeking information on their learning abilities and needs. Ms. Sammons obtained a Master of Arts in Special Education, specifically in Bilingual Learning Disabilities. Previously, she was an elementary school teacher in California.

Address and Phone for Ms. Sammons:
    The University of Arizona
    Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, & School Psychology
    Box 210069
    1430 E 2nd Street
    Tucson, Arizona 85721

e-mail: jsammons@u.arizona.edu
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UP DATED INFORMATION

Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies was previously "Special Education, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology (SERSP)" before July 1, 2009. However, it has since been renamed and now has a fourth major, School Counseling. Please note that when SERSP or SERP is found in older documentation or forms, for any follow-up, refer to DPS,

Patricia Foreman, retired from the UofA in 2005, is still active as a web master.