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Laurie Lehman

Laurie R. Lehman

Associate Professor of Special Education

B.A., Clark UniversityM.A., Arizona State UniversityPh.D., New York University


Laurie Lehman is an associate professor of special education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Before coming to the Brooklyn Campus in 1992, Dr. Lehman held different positions in the fields of special education and rehabilitation psychology. For example, she directed educational and social programs for people with disabilities and conducted applied research with young adults with disabilities.

Dr. Lehman holds a doctoral degree in special education from New York University and a master’s degree in child development from Arizona State University. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and geography from Clark University.

Dr. Lehman is committed to preparing Brooklyn Campus students to work with diverse groups of students with and without disabilities. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in special education, human development and teacher research, including “Lives of Children” (TAL 811), “Perspectives on Disability” (TAL 803), “Classroom Inquiry I” (TAL 830) and “The Developing Child” (TAL 350).

Dr. Lehman’s scholarship reflects her ongoing interests in inclusive education, the lives of children and adults with disabilities and innovative pedagogy in teacher education. Currently, she is collaborating with Jessica Trubek, the School of Education’s director of school relations and field experiences, and Lauren Wong, a Brooklyn Campus graduate, on a qualitative study of one new teacher’s experience in a New York City public school. She also is investigating the history of disability labeling and its ties to developmental psychology.


Special Education, Teacher Education, Inclusive Education, the Lives of Children and Adults with Disabilities, Innovative Pedagogy in Teacher Education


  • Co-editor, “The cruel years: American voices at the dawn of the 20th century,” 2nd ed. (2003)
  • Co-author, “Transforming one Teacher Education program through inquiry, difference and field experience,” published in “Portraits of teacher preparation: Learning to teach in a changing America” (2005)
  • Co-author, “Students reveal the complexities of Inclusive Education” (submitted for publication)
  • Co-author, “The power of autobiography: Rethinking disability, rethinking teaching,” published in Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning (2007)
  • Co-author, “Double entry journals: A pedagogical response to the need to create a ‘Third Space’ in Teacher Education,” published in CUE Point of View (December 2002)
  • Co-author, “Teacher, student, and school attributes as predictors of teachers’ responses to inclusion,” published in the Journal of Special Education (1997)
  • Co-author, “Differential Effectiveness of General Case Programming and Rule Learning,” published in Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities (1996)
  • Co-author, “A curricular approach to support the transition to adulthood of adolescents with visual or dual sensory impairments and cognitive disabilities,” published by Hunter College, City University of New York (1991)
  • Co-author, “Psychological Adjustment and Characteristics in Recent Spinal Cord Injuries,” final report for the National Institute for Health Research and the U.S. Department of Education (1982)
  • Co-author, “The relationship between pressure sores and adjustment in spinal cord injured individuals,” published in Rehabilitation Psychology (1982)
  • Co-author, “Increasing appropriate behaviors in children in a nursery school setting,” published in Rehabilitation Psychology (1979)
  • Author, “Review: ‘Claiming disability: Knowledge and Identity,’” published in Educators for Urban Minorities (2001)
  • Author, “Review: ‘Raymond’s Portrait: The life and art of Raymund Hu,’” published in Disability Studies Quarterly 2000)
  • Author, “Review: ‘The special-needs reading list: An annotated guide to the best publications for parents and professionals,’” published in Disability Studies Quarterly (1999)
  • Author, “Review: ‘Disability and the dilemmas of education and justice,’” published in Disability Studies Quarterly (1998)
  • Author, “Review: ‘Education action research: Becoming practically critical,’” published in Disability Studies Quarterly (1997)
  • Author, “Review: ‘Curriculum trends, special education, and reform: Refocusing the conversation,’” published in Disability Studies Quarterly (1997)
  • Author, “Review: The Dreamkeepers: Successful teachers of African American Children,’” published in Disability Studies Quarterly (1996)