Cox, Maria D. (mdc31)

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Cox, Maria
Adjunct Associate Professor
Health & Behavior Studies

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Biographical Information

For the past 17 years, Dr. Cox has been a member of the faculty at Columbia University Teachers College in New York. She co-developed, with faculty members of Teachers College School Psychology Program, the highly-regarded Practicum in Assessment and Evaluation of Infants, Children, and Youth with Exceptionalities. The practicum offers a select group of 20 students an in-depth study of theoretical principles of measurement, assessment, and evaluation necessary for appropriate identification of needs as related to implementation of educational plans for infants, children, and youth with disabilities. Students complete approximately 50 hours of assessments and evaluations of infants, children, youths, and young adults with disabilities, as part of the course, through work in the Dean Hope Center and the Harlem Tutoring Program.

 Dr. Cox has taught other courses at Teachers College including Introduction to Special Education, Exceptional Students in the Regular Classroom, and Exceptional Families. Prior to joining the faculty at Teachers College, Dr. Cox was on the faculty at The College of New Rochelle, Marymount College, Marymount Manhattan College and DePaul University where she taught courses including Introduction to Special Education, Philosophy of Education, Strategies for Mainstreaming, Psychology of the Educator, Introduction to Learning Disabilities, Study Skills Workshops, and Instructional Techniques.

 Dr. Cox has worked in the special education field for 35 years. She is currently a Learning Disabilities Specialist at the City School District of New Rochelle where she has worked for 18 years including 8 years as Assistant CSE Chairperson and Supervisor of Out-of-District & Bilingual students. She managed all initial bilingual and out-of-district cases for the school district while serving as chairperson of CSE team, acting as decision maker on eligibility decisions, appropriate student placement and services.

 Prior to her work in New Rochelle, Dr. Cox was a special educator in highly-demanding settings in Westchester County including Children's Village in Dobbs Ferry, NY, Mount Pleasant Cottage School in Pleasantville, NY and the Margaret Chapman School (now Hawthorne Country Day School) in Hawthorne, NY. She also worked as a Learning Disabilities Specialist at the post-secondary level including The College Of New Rochelle, Iona College and DePaul University.

Dr. Cox was a recipient of a Teacher's College Fellowship Grant while she earned her doctorate, an Ed.D. in Cross-Categorical Studies with a dissertation entitled “Factors Associated With The Postsecondary Adjustment Of Students With Disabilities.” Dr. Cox earned two Master’s Degrees at Teachers College, M.Ed. Administration and M.A. Special Education, Teacher's College. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at The College of New Rochelle.

 Dr. Cox has been or is currently a member of Kappa Delta Phi Society (International Honor Society for Education), Orton - Dyslexia Society Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). Dr. Cox lives in New Rochelle, NY with her husband, children and Zeke, her English Bull Terrier. 

Educational Background

Educational Background

Ed.D. Cross-Categorical Studies Columbia University, Teachers College (New York, NY) Feb. 2003

M.Ed. Administration Columbia University, Teacher's College (New York, NY) May 2003

M.A. Special Education Columbia University, Teacher's College (New York, NY) May 1985

B.A Psychology  College of New Rochelle (New Rochelle, NY) May 1983



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