Faculty Research Interests

Dr. Alex Chambers’ research interests include Universal Design for Learning, assessment, learning disabilities, evidence-based interventions, self-advocacy, using podcasting to support student engagement, and culturally and linguistically diverse exceptional learners. He has contributed to various books in the areas of educational technology and self-advocacy, including the titles Video Analysis of Authentic Teaching: A Resource Guide for Teachers’ Professional Growth and Woodcock Johnson-IV: Recommendations, reports, and strategies.


Dr. Lou LaNunziataDr. Lanunziata's research interests include Positive Behavior Support Models for Elementary and Middle Schools, effective instructional approaches for students with mild to moderate disabilities within general education classrooms, implementing applied behavior analysis procedures in educational settings, designing effective behavioral plans for students within general education programs, and establishing effective public school programs for students with behavioral and emotional handicaps. His service areas include coordinating the Special Education Program within the Watson College of Education, consulting with public school districts in the designing and operation of Positive Behavior Support Programs, designing and delivering teacher training workshops on inclusion strategies for special needs students, and consulting with parents, teachers and school administrators on designing and implementing behavior change and management programs for students with special needs.


Dr. Amelia Moody is a full professor in early childhood and special education and directs the Center for Assistive Technology. Her research interests include the use of evidence-based practices to support children with ASD, technology and disability, and STEM education for children with disabilities. 


Dr. Richter’s research aims to improve socially important outcomes among learners with significant intellectual and multiple disabilities. At UNCW, she has conducted research to investigate interventions that improve skills such as community navigation and writing among learners with intellectual disabilities. Currently, Dr. Richter, along with UNCW faculty colleagues Drs. Moody and Stocker, have been invited to serve as researchers in the Special Education Research Accelerator project, which aims to investigate crowd-sourcing as a strategy to more efficiently identify evidence-based practices.