I am the Head of the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a professor with research interests in the areas of: a) young children’s social emotional competence and challenging behavior, b) attitudes and acceptance of typically developing children toward individuals with disabilities, and c) peer relationships and inclusion. I am particularly interested in studying interventions that support the success of young children in early childhood settings, including home. As a former teacher of adults with significant disabilities, and young children who were deaf and blind, I am committed to making research accessible to practitioners and family members through my writing and presentations. I enjoy working with students, and have advised and mentored numerous PhD students who have gone on to university positions in the US and abroad. My students and I have authored many papers together, presented at countless conferences, and conducted numerous other professional development activities. Currently, in addition to the Military Family Learning Network, I am collaborating with colleagues on a grant focused on Head Start (http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/teaching) and on one that focuses on professional development for birth-3 (early intervention) providers (http://eitp.education.illinois.edu/).
Michaelene Ostrosky, PhD
Head and Goldstick Family Scholar
Department of Special Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
288 Education, 1310 South Sixth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-0260