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Dr. Christina Curran joined Dominican University in 2019 with over twenty years of experience in higher education. She is the Associate Dean in the Borra College of Health Sciences and a Professor in the department of Health, Wellness and Medical Studies.

At DU, Dr. Curran coordinates the curricular and assessment efforts in the college, addresses college based advising services and practices, and facilitates scheduling, and registration processes and inquiries as Associate Dean - among other responsibilities. She also coordinates the BS in Health and Wellness and is a Professor in the Health, Wellness, and Medical Studies department.

Her faculty teaching experience informs her current focus on interdisciplinary intersections in healthcare and wellness. Her current instruction is focused on courses that provide an introduction to health system practices and professions; deliver community based learning in health and wellness; and address an understanding of disability models, rights, responsibilities, and perspectives within healthcare and wellness fields, community, and education.

Dr. Curran has authored grants and served as a consultant on varied local, state and national grant activities. She was a member of the Executive Council and is a past-president of the Council for Learning Disabilities. Throughout her professional career, Chris has remained committed to accessible curricular, academic, and civic practices that support inclusive education and participation, as well as the development of policies and processes to achieve these.
PhD, Special Education, Minor in Education Foundations and Research, University Of New Mexico
MA, Special Education, University Of New Mexico
BA, Special Education, Minor in French, Ball State University
Research Interests
Research interests include approaches to educating healthcare and wellness pre professionals on serving those with disabilities; accessibility and assistive technology; effective accomodations and pedagogical practices, including universal design for learning; transition practices for youth with disabilities, including postsecondary education in health sciences; preparation of professionals and educators for inclusive education and practices
Selected Publications
Bahr, P., Curran, C.M., Lalk, S., & Peschong, L. (2017). Google technology as inclusive education practice for universal design. Closing the Gap Solutions, 36 (2), 14-21.
Curran, C.M. & Petersen, A.J. (Eds.) (2017). Handbook of research on classroom diversity and inclusive education practice. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Curran, C.M. & Hawbaker, B.W. (2017). Cultivating communities of inclusive practice: Professional development for educators - Research and practice. In Handbook of research on classroom diversity and inclusive education practice (pp. 120-153). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Curran, C.M. (2015). Mobile assistive technology. In J.M. Spector (Ed.) Encyclopedia of educational technology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Herring, M. Curran, C.M., Stone, J., Davidson, N., Ahrabi-Fard, I., & Zhbanovam, K. (2015). Emerging qualities of effective teaching: Creating a need for new literacies. Educational Forum, 79, 1-15.
Chen, K., Petersen, A., & Curran, C. (2015, March). Collaborative research to inform, influence, and implement universal design for learning. Paper presented at the Universal Design for Learning Implementation Research Network 2nd National Summit. Gulfport, MS: University of Southern Mississippi-Gulfport.


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