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Susan Osborne

Associate Professor

Poe Hall 528E



Dr. Osborne is an Associate Professor of Special Education with an emphasis on Specific Learning Disabilities and attention disorders. She has long-standing research interests in teacher-child interaction and the role of student behavior in determining educational opportunities. She has also researched special education service delivery and the collaboration between special and general educators, ADHD, and computer based instruction for children with autism. Most recently, she has been collaborating with colleagues at colleges and universities in North Carolina on teachers with disabilities such as Specific Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD.

Research Description

At present I am working with college and university faculty studies of teachers who have been diagnosed with ADHD and/or SLD. We are interested in how teachers manage their challenges, what supports and tools they use, and what specific aspects of ADHD or SLD they perceive as benefiting them as teachers. To date, this work has relied on data collected from focus groups and interviews. I am also working on a project to develop and offer fully distance education options for some courses in the graduate program in special education.


Doctor of Philosophy from University of Virginia
Master of Education from University of Virginia
Bachelor of Arts in Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University


Selected Scholarly Publications

  • Strickland, D. C., McAllister, D., Coles, C. D., & Osborne, S. (2007). An evolution of virtual reality training designs for children with autism and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Topics in Language Disorders, 27, 222 – 237.
  • Dillon, R. & Osborne, S. (2006), Intelligence and behavior among individuals identified with attention deficit disorders. Exceptionality, 14, 3 – 18.
  • Sabornie, E., Cullinan, D. Osborne, S. S. & Brock, L. B. (2005). Intellectual, academic, and behavioral functioning of students with high incidence: A cross-categorical meta-analysis. Exceptional Children, 72, 47 – 63.
  • Cullinan, D., Osborne, S., & Epstein, M. H. (2004). Characteristics of emotional disturbance of female students. Remedial and Special Education, 25, 276 – 290.
  • Schulte, A. & Osborne, S. S. (2003). When assumptive worlds collide: A review of definitions of collaboration in consultation. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 14,109-138.

Courses Taught

  • ECI 570 Learning Disabilities
  • ECI 571 Methods and Materials for Learning Disabilities
  • ECI 804 Seminar in Research and Treatment for ADHD
  • ECI 658 Internship in Special Education

Research Areas