Program Faculty

Program Faculty

Sherwood J. Best

Dr. Best is a faculty member in the Physical and Health Impairments program and serves as credential and master's Coordinator of that area. Her areas of interest include psychosocial implications of physical disability and chronic illness, school reintegration following hospitalization, curriculum accommodations for students with motor impairments, and augmentative and alternative communication. She recently completed the sixth edition of her textbook, Teaching individuals with physical or multiple disabilities.

Margaret Clark

Dr. Clark is a faculty member in the Mild/Moderate Disabilities program. She is the Associate Director for the Urban Learning Undergraduate program. Her research interest is in the area of innovative models for special education teacher preparation.

Diane Fazzi

Dr. Fazzi is a faculty member in the Orientation and Mobility Training program and serves as credential and master's Coordinator of that area. It is one of only two such programs in the state of California. Her interests include collaboration, and methods for working with young children who are blind or visually impaired and their families. She is the co-author of Early Focus: Working with Young Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired and Their Families.

Diane Haager

Dr. Haager is a faculty member in the Mild/Moderate Disabilities program. Her areas of interest include issues related to effective reading instruction for English learners, students with learning disabilities and students at risk for reading failure. She is the author of a textbook, Differentiating Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms: The Special Educator’s Guide, and other books and articles on reading intervention.

Nancy Hunt

Dr. Hunt is a faculty member in the Early Childhood Special Education program. She started her career teaching deaf children in her home state of New York. Her areas of interest include emergent literacy in young children with disabilities, teaching vocabulaly in preschool, the long-term effects of prematurity, and general education policy issues. She is the co-author of Exceptional Children and Youth:An Introduction to Special Education.

Cheryl Kamei-Hannan

Dr. Kamei-Hannan is a faculty member in the Visual Impairments and Blindness program and serves as credential and master's Coordinator of that area. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Arizona, with a specialization in Visual Impairments and an emphasis in Language, Reading, and Culture. Her research agenda is focused on literacy issues with students who are visually impaired and the use of assistive technology to support access to the general education curriculum.

Christina Kimm

Dr. Kimm is a faculty member in the Moderate/Severe Disabilities program and serves as credential and master's Coordinator of that area, as well as the MA option in Transition Studies. Her interests include practices and research in transition services for adolescents with disabilities and their families from multicultural/multilingual backgrounds, as well as fostering collaboration between inter-agency and community resources.

M. Diane Klein

Dr. Klein is a faculty member in the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program and serves as credential and master's Coordinator of that area.She has a background and expertise in speech-language pathology, communication development of students with severe disabilities, and the role of caregiver interaction in the development of infants and young children including children with multiple disabilities. She has published and developed training materials in the areas of early childhood special education curriculum, in-home service delivery, the influence of culture on childrearing practices and early childhood learning, and preschool inclusion support and collaborative consultation.

Holly Menzies

Dr. Menzies is a faculty member in the Mild/Moderate Disabilities program and serves as credential and master's Coordinator of that area. Her areas of interest include schoolwide positive behavior support and inclusive education. She is the coordinator for the mild/moderate disabilities.

Leila A. Ricci

Dr. Ricci is a faculty member in the Mild/Moderate Disabilities program. She began her career as a resource specialist, working in both public and non-public schools. Her areas of interest include literacy in children with learning and intellectual disabilities, collaboration, and co-teaching.

Sungho Park

Dr. Park is a faculty member in the Moderate/Severe Disabilities program. He teaches courses on inclusion, collaboration, and students with moderate/severe disabilities. His research interests include cultural diversity in providing behavior support and transition.

Jennifer Symon

Dr. Symon is a faculty member in the Autism program and serves as the master's Coordinator of that area. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and provides support for students from a variety of disciplines to gain specialized knowledge and skills in autism. Her background includes work in home, school, and community settings with individuals with mild to severe disabilities. She has worked with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), their families, and other key support providers to enhance and expand resources and create positive behavior support intervention programs. Her research interests include parent education, early intervention, teacher and paraprofessional training, and program evaluation.

Lois Weinberg

Dr. Weinberg is a faculty member in the Mild/Moderate Disabilities program. She coordinates the CSULA/UCLA Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education. Her primary teaching interests are in the areas of special education law and policy and mental health disorders of students with emotional and behavior disorders and the programs and services to support them. Her research focuses primarily on improving educational outcomes of children in the foster care system, and she recently published a book on this topic.

Andrea Zetlin

Dr. Zetlin is the Director of the Special Education intern program. She is a faculty member in the Mild/Moderate Disabilities program, and Coordinator of the Multicultural/Multilingual Special Education MA Program. She is also the Director of the C. Lamar Mayer Learning Center. Her main interests include developing school/university/community partnerships, and creating programs which address the needs of high risk urban students and exceptional students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.