University Consortium Member
Kay Alicyn Ferrell, PhD
University of Northern Colorado
Kay Alicyn Ferrell, PhD, is Professor at the School of Special Education and Director of the National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, at the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley. Dr. Ferrell has taught individuals of all ages with visual and multiple disabilities and has written extensively for both parents and professionals. Her areas of specialization include the development and education of individuals with visual disabilities, particularly infants and preschoolers, personnel preparation, and distance education methodologies. She has authored several books and monographs, including Reach Out and Teach (2011), which was based on innovative and extensive research and field tests conducted with parents. Dr. Ferrell was principal investigator of the ground-breaking Project Prism, the first study of child development to focus on children with visual impairments and the ways in which their development is similar to or different from that of typically sighted children. Dr. Ferrell recently completed an analysis of the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2, examining the relationship between the expanded core curriculum and adult outcomes. Her current research involves the use of description in high stakes assessment and, in collaboration with the American Printing House for the Blind, adapting the Boehm Test of Basic Concepts for preschool and primary age children with visual impairments.
She is the recipient of many awards, including the Kathryn Maxfield Award from Division VIII of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired for outstanding research toward the advancement of knowledge and understanding of children with visual impairments and their families and the Corinne M. Kirchner Research Award from the American Foundation for the Blind.