Christina Carnahan, EdD, Assistant Professor, Special Education

Christina CarnahanChristina R. Carnahan is the Assistant Professor of Special Education. Dr. Carnahan recently earned her Ed.D. from the University of Cincinnati in education with a focus on autism, improving outcomes for individuals with significant disabilities, and teacher training. While receiving her degree, she served as a consultant for school districts seeking to improve services for children with autism and significant learning needs. Prior to starting her doctorate, Dr. Carnahan was a special education teacher in both elementary and middle school. She has also published and given a number of talks in the areas of classroom and instructional design for students with intense disabilities, supporting classroom staff, and promoting positive behavior for students with disabilities. Her research interests include improving learning and life outcomes for students with autism and significant learning needs by increasing teacher efficiency and effectiveness.

Peer-reviewed Publications

Christina Carnahan, James Basham, and Shobana Musti-Rao. (2009). Interactive books: A low-technology solution for increasing engagement for students with autism and significant learning needs. Exceptionality: A Special Education Journal 2, 76, 87

Christina Carnahan, Shobana Musti-Rao, and Jody Bailey (2009). Increasing academic engagement and literacy learning for students with autism. Education and Treatment of Children 1, 37, 61

Christina Carnahan, Kara Hume, Laura Clarke, and Christy Borders (2009). Using structured work to promote independence and engagement for students with autism spectrum disorders. Teaching Exceptional Children 4, 6, 14

Carnahan, C., Williamson, P, Clarke, L., & Sorensen, R. (2009). A systematic approach to supporting paraeducators in classroom settings: A guide for teachers. Teaching Exceptional Children 5, 34, 43

Christina Carnahan (2006). Engaging children with autism and their teachers. Teaching Exceptional Children 2, 44, 50

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  • Crystal Shelton says:

    Is there a masters degree program at UC focusing on Autism, behavior management,etc.? I am planning on starting a Maaster’s program soon and these are my interests of study.

  • Nathan Sumner says:

    Hi Crystal! We do have a Master of Education in Special Education that focuses on a wide array of special education topics. Additionally, the university offers the Intervention Specialist for those seeking licensure in Special Education. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact an Enrollment Advisor at 800-226-0075 and we would be happy to assist you!

  • Roulah says:

    Hello – My name is Roulah and I am currently attending the University of Texas in San Antonio. I was wondering if you could provide me with your bibliography information. I would like to present information about your work in Autism and communications in one of my classes. I would greatly appreciate it. Sincerely, Roulah