Leslie LaVergne, Ph.D.

Institute for Disability Studies: Mississippi's UCEDD
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive #5163
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
Phone: 601-266-6225
Email: leslie.lavergne@usm.edu
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Last Updated: January 02, 2019


Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Multidisciplinary Navigation Coordinator
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
Family/Parent/Youth Advocacy
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Families of children with special needs, Early Childhood Inclusion
Education: Master's in Art Therapy, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Ph.D. in Special Education, The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS


Dr. Leslie LaVergne is the coordinator for Pediatric and Developmental Services and Family Navigator for the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center housed within the Institute for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi.  As coordinator, she organizes a multidisciplary team which conducts play-based evalutions for chidren birth to five. Furthermore, she provides families with support through the diagnostic process and in obtaining services from state and private agencies. In addition to her role as coordinator, Dr. LaVergne administers the Inclusion Classroom Profile, a classroom assessment of inclusion practices of children with special needs in early childcare programs.  Dr. LaVergne received a Master of Science in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2016.  She is the co-author of numerous professional publications related to her research with families of children with special health care needs and helps coordinate research for the Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center.