Laura Eisenman

Center for Disabilities Studies
213H WHL School of Education
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-0532
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 20, 2014

Laura Eisenman

Specialty Resource Contacts: Disabilities Studies
Discipline(s): Disability Studies
Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership


Associate Professor
Faculty Coordinator, Disabilities Studies Minor

Laura T. Eisenman is an associate professor in the University of Delaware's School of Education, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in secondary special education. Laura conducts research on the transition to adult life for students with disabilities, with concentrations in social networks, self-determination and inclusion. Laura is also the faculty coordinator and an advisor for UD's undergraduate Disabilities Studies Minor.

Laura received her doctorate in special education from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of South Florida. She previously worked as a counselor and administrator in community programs for adults with disabilities.

Publications since 2009:
Eisenman, L.T., Pell, M.M., Poudel, B.B., & Pleet-Odle, A.M. (In press). "I think I'm reaching my potential": Students' self-determination experiences in an inclusive high school. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals.

Quann, M., Lyman, J., Crumlish, J., Hines, S., Pleet-Odle, A., & Eisenman, L. (In press). The HAWK highway: A vertical model for student IEP participation. Intervention in School & Clinic.

Eisenman, L.T., Farley-Ripple, E., Culnane, M., & Freedman, B. (2013). Rethinking social network assessment for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) in postsecondary education. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 26(4), 367-384.

Eisenman, L.T., Gamel-McCormick, M., Curran, A., McCulley, J.R., Moritz, M., & Musheno, K. (2013). Disability around the world: Study abroad in diverse cultural contexts. Review of Disability Studies 9(4), 5-18.

Eisenman, L.T., & Celestin, S. (2012). Social skills, supports, and networks in adolescent transition education. In M. Wehmeyer & K. Webb (Eds.). Handbook of Adolescent Transition Education for Youth with Disabilities, 223-232. New York: Routledge.

Eisenman, L.T., Pleet, A., Wandry, D., & McGinley, V. (2011). Voices of special education teachers in an inclusive high school: Redefining responsibilities. Remedial and Special Education, 32(2), 91-104. First published on February 4, 2010 doi:10.1177/0741932510361248

Eisenman, L.T., & Mancini, K. (2010). College perspectives and issues. In M. Grigal & D. Hart (Eds.), Think College: Post-secondary Education Options for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (pp. 161-187). Baltimore: Brookes.

Eisenman, L.T., & Ferretti, R. (2010). Introduction to the special issue: Changing conceptions of special education. Exceptional Children, 76(3), 262-264.

Ferretti, R., & Eisenman, L.T. (2010). Delivering educational services that meet the needs of all students: Commentary. Exceptional Children, 76(3), 378-383.

Eisenman, L.T., Tanverdi, A., Perrington, C., & Geiman, A. (2009). Community and social activities of youth with significant intellectual disabilities. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 44, 168-176.

Career Development & Transition for Exceptional Individuals (Editorial board)
Review of Disability Studies (Editorial board)
Council for Exceptional Children
American Educational Research Association
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities