Dr. Gabriela Walker
Dr. Gabriela Walker is an Associate Professor at National University and the Faculty Lead for the Special Education Department at the Fresno campus. She currently serves in the Research and Scholarship Committees at the National University and Sanford College of Education levels, and is a newly elected member in the Graduate Council Sub-Committee on Doctoral Policies. Furthermore, Dr. Walker provides leadership for the Special Education Masters in Science courses (Understanding Educational Research & Capstone Project) and she is an Associate Editor for NU’s Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching and Learning (JRITL). She is involved in the local professional community by attending the Fresno County Women•s Chamber of Commerce Club meetings and the Annual Fresno Compact Luncheon.
She just ended editing the •Calls and Conferences• section of the SCOE QUEST Newsletter, as well as Chairing the Special Education Research Special Interest Group with the international American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Dr. Walker brings a range of perspectives to special education and disability studies, due to her upbringing in a European country, where she worked with the Rroma (Gypsy) population with disabilities in an urban setting for five years. She also taught K-5 in a rural school in Georgia, USA. She obtained her degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), in Global Policy Studies (in Global Special Education); the University of Georgia (USA), in Special Education; and the University of Bucharest (Romania), in Inclusive Education and Psychology. Current research interests include Autism Spectrum Disorders, methodologies for teaching special populations (including assistive technology), current research methods in exploring special education issues, global special educational policies, healthicization and ecology of populations with disabilities, and disability rights.