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Dr. Laura Desportes

desporlx@jmu.edu
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Professor
Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities

Academic Degrees:

BA Psychological Services, Mary Baldwin College
M.Ed. School Psychology, James Madison University
Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Virginia

Professional Interests:

Inclusive Models of Education Globally
Teacher Resilience and Efficacy
Intervention Outcome Assessment

Laura has worked as a clinician and a researcher with individuals with disabilities and at risk from birth to geriatrics. She has served as a research and evaluation specialist focusing on treatment outcome assessment for a state human services agency, been a regional human services director, an inpatient pediatric clinician, and a special educator across a wide variety of settings. She has traveled extensively studying models of inclusive education as a means for enhancing social justice.  She and her sociologist husband Carl are happy “empty nesters” living along the South River with their 6 dogs, 2 cats, goats, horses, and whatever else may need a home. 

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