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Linda Hickson

Professional Background

Educational Background

1964 B.A. in Psychology, College of New Rochelle; 1967 M.A. in Psychology, 1969 Ph.D. Experimental Psychology (Minor: Special Education), George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

Scholarly Interests

Education of children, adolescents and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. Cognitive, motivational, and emotional aspects of decision-making. Prevention of abuse and victimization. Transition to adulthood and community integration of individuals with developmental disabilities. Cognition, comprehension, and problem solving.

Selected Publications

"Profiles of women with mental retardation with and without a documented history of abuse" (American Journal of Mental Retardation).


"The role of motivation in the interpersonal decision making of people with mental retardation" (Personality and motivational differences in persons with mental retardation, co-author).


"Decision-making and mental retardation" (International Review of Research in Mental Retardation).


"A closer look at interpersonal decision-making in adults with and without mental retardation" (American Journal on Mental Retardation).


"Decision-making by adults with mental retardation in simulated situations of abuse" (Mental Retardation). 


"Evaluation of a decision-making curriculum designed to empower women with mental retardation to resist abuse" (American Journal on Mental Retardation)

HBSE 4002: Instruction and curriculum for students with and without disabilities

Curriculum development and research-validated methods of instructing students with and without disabilities from early childhood through adolescence, including methods of teaching reading and mathematics and methods of enrichment and remediation. Materials fee: $10.

HBSE 4010: Nature and needs of persons with intellectual disability/autism

Characteristics of persons manifesting different degrees of intellectual disability/autism and other developmental disabilities from early childhood through adolescence. The course emphasizes implications for educational programming, curriculum, and instruction. Materials fee: $10.

HBSE 4880: Opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities-annual conference

Research conference sponsored by the Center for Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of research findings by Center researchers and their colleagues from the field.

HBSE 5301: Advanced practica in special education: Intellectual disability/autism

Guided experiences in selected special education programs for advanced students. Weekly seminar meetings. Supervised group field visits. Preservice internships arranged. Students submit reports analyzing experiences.

HBSE 5309: Advanced practica in special education: Rehabilitation of persons with developmental disabilities

Guided experiences in selected special education programs for advanced students. Weekly seminar meetings. Supervised group field visits. Preservice internships arranged. Students submit reports analyzing experiences.

HBSE 6409: Advanced internships in special education: Guidance, rehabilitation, and career education

Permission required. Post-masters level. Intensive in-service internship at agency chosen to meet individual students needs. Students submit reports analyzing experiences.

HBSE 6412: Advanced internships in special education: Research

Permission required. Post-masters level. Intensive in-service internship at agency chosen to meet individual students needs. Students submit reports analyzing experiences.

HBSE 6501: Advanced seminars in special education: Intellectual disability/autism

For doctoral students in special education and related fields. Recent developments in theory and research as related to the specialization from psychological, educational, sociological, and/or medical sources.

HBSE 7500: Dissertation seminar in special education

Permission required. Only advanced doctoral students in special education programs are eligible. Prerequisites: HBSE 5010, HBSE 6001, and HBSE 6010. Development of doctoral dissertations and presentation of plans for approval. Special fee: $10.

HBSE 8901: Dissertation advisement in special education: Intellectual disability/autism

Advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see catalog on continuous registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees.

Centers and Projects

Center for Opportunities & Outcomes for People with Disabilities
Website: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/centers/oopd

The Center for Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities confronts the challenges facing special education today through its commitment to the production of knowledge and professional expertise aimed at supporting the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society. The broad-based research, evaluation, and demonstration activities of the Center reflect an emphasis on empowering people with disabilities by increasing their capacity and opportunities for self-determination, reducing their vulnerability to victimization and abuse, and addressing the disability-related issues of culturally and ethnically diverse groups, including women and minorities. The Center encourages national and international partnerships aimed at strengthening the connection between research and policy.

Director: Linda Hickson
Contact Information:
Box 223
(212) 678-3076
lh76@columbia.edu
www.tc.edu/oopd




Linda Hickson appeared in the following articles:

Daniela Orasel: finding a calling to change lives (6/7/2013)

Academic Festival 2013: The Sessions (4/23/2013)

TC's Global Engagement: A Sampling of Past, Present and Future Programs (4/22/2013)

A Group of TC Faculty Condemns the Release of Teacher Evaluations Based on Student Test Scores (3/8/2012)

Seven Alumni Honored at 2011 Academic Festival (5/4/2011)

TC Faculty Question Education Secretary's Vision (1/11/2010)

TC to Host Autism Conference (4/7/2009)

TC Partners with Private Women's College in Saudi Arabia (11/21/2008)

Just A Normal Girl (11/5/2006)

Teachers College Conference Explores Innovations in the Education of Children with Autism (6/16/2006)

Continuing to Repair the World (8/28/2002)

Researchers Study Issues Confronting Women with Mental Retardation (9/18/2001 6:10:26 PM)

When Worlds Collide 2001 (3/1/2001)

Conference At TC Examines Issues Affecting People With Disabilities (4/1/2000)

Teachers College: A Leader in Educating Leaders (1/1/2000)

'When Worlds Collide' Looks at Choices and Challenges for People with Disabilities (6/1/1999)

When Worlds Collide'99: Choices and Challenges for People with Disabilities (2/17/1999)

Nektaria Glinou: 'The Bridge Program' for Adolescents with Disabilities (1/1/1999)

Dawn Gavin: 'TC Has Done a Great Deal For Me' (11/1/1998)

Abuse, Social Pressure, and Decision-Making: Researchers Study Issues Confronting Women with Mental Retardation (4/22/1998)

Examining the Choices and Challenges for People with Disabilities (11/20/1997)

Roundtable Addresses Special Education Services (11/20/1997)

Two Students from Los Angeles Area First to Receive Klaassen Fellowships (11/4/1996)