Student Profiles

Student Profiles

Cameron Michelle Carter

Cameron Michelle Carter is originally from Columbia Maryland, and she graduated from Spelman College with a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She is a candidate in the M.Ed. Program in Intellectual Disability/Autism (Early Childhood Level). Cameron aspires to be a special education teacher for elementary students and she has been a student teacher for PS 112 in a second grade classroom.


Leyla is originally from New York City and earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a specialization in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At the UMass Amherst, Leyla worked for a post-secondary education program for high school students with disabilities. Leyla's most recent work experience has been with young adults with autism; the Intellectual Disability/Autism Program (Adolescence Level) was a perfect match for her goal to teach special education in New York City schools upon graduation.

Sarah Moskowitz

My name is Sarah Moskowitz and I am from Long Island, New York. I chose the Intellectual Disabilities/Autism master’s program (Childhood Level) because of its specific focus on Autism research and education, which I have always had a passion for. I had a chance to observe and student teach in incredible, diverse New York City classrooms. I credit the quality education and experiences I had at Teachers College for helping me to secure a competitive permanent position mid-year as a second grade teacher for the New York City Department of Education!

Amy is originally from Horsham, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Gwynedd-Mercy University with degrees in Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education. After college, Amy spent three years working as an English co-teacher in a small village in the Republic of Macedonia as a Peace Corps volunteer. She was selected to be a teacher trainer to help prepare new Peace Corps volunteers to work in Macedonian schools. Amy recently graduated from TC with a M.A. in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism (Peace Corps Fellows program). She has been teaching in a self contained 12-1-1 1st and 2nd grade classroom at PS 506 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Phoebe Chen

I am Yanru Phoebe Chen, a 2nd-year Ph.D. student in the Intellectual Disability/Autism program. I am from Canton, China and have a diverse educational background in China, Hong Kong, the U.K. and the U.S.A. My main research interests are executive function and social-emotional development of children with autism. I am delighted to study in this program because I can receive the best supervision and support from my advisor here!

Katie Kirkman is pursuing a PhD in Intellectual Disability/ Autism. She has a B.S. in Human Development from Vanderbilt University and an MA in Special Education from Pace University. Prior to joining the doctoral program, Katie was a special education teacher in District 75 in NYC for seven years, where she worked with learners who have an array of disabilities, including ASD, intellectual disabilities, behavioral disorders and specific learning disabilities. Katie also works as a BCBA to provide support and consultation to families whose children face different kinds of behavioral challenges. Her particular research interests include identifying factors that influence social functioning of children with disabilities, and how parents can support social functioning in children with ASD.

Lauren Andersen

Lauren Andersen is pursuing her Ed.D. in Intellectual Disability/Autism at Teachers College, where she also obtained her master’s degree in Multiple and Severe Disabilities.  She has six years of experience as a high school special education teacher at Long Beach High School.  Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Providence College in Rhode Island. Her research interests include post-secondary transition for students with severe disabilities and post-school outcomes for individuals with severe disabilities.

Jocelyn Hinmanis

Jocelyn Hinmanis pursuing an Ed.D. in Intellectual Disability/ Autism. She has a B.A. in Education and Sociology from Colgate University and an M.A. in Intellectual Disabilities/Autism from Teachers College. Before becoming a full time doctoral student, Jocelyn worked as a special education teacher for various organizations throughout the city including the NYCDOE, an ABA school in South Street Seaport, and a Head Start and Early Head Start program in East Harlem.  Her particular research interests include family involvement in early childhood and special education and poverty.

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Andrew is a Ph.D. candidate in the Intellectual Disability/Autism program. He has an MA in teaching (general and special education) from Willamette University, and a MS in Applied Statistics from Teachers College. Prior to his studies at Columbia, Andrew was a high school special education teacher in Los Angeles and focused on working with students with autism, specific learning disabilities, and those with emotional needs. Andrew’s specific research interests include executive functioning, social attention, sensory experiences, and maternal strategies that may promote social communication in children with autism spectrum disorder.


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