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Assistant Professor, Special Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research & Service

My research focuses on young children with disabilities who have experienced or are at risk for trauma (abuse, neglect, and or maltreatment etc.) and the formal and informal service delivery systems in which they participate. The long term goal of my research is to make high quality early childhood special education (ECSE) services accessible for all young children with disabilities and their families. My primary line of research examines ECSE experiences for young children who have experienced trauma. My work addresses the critical questions of: what types of support do young children/families who have experienced trauma need?; what types of support do ECSE professionals working with children/families who have experienced trauma need?; and how can service systems can meet the needs of children/families who have experienced trauma and ECSE professionals? The overarching purpose of this research is to facilitate service delivery to young children and their families that is both effective and efficient.

A second area of focus in my work relates to mixed methods research (MMR), approaches that are gaining popularity in the social sciences. Although, the field of special education has made consistent efforts to ensure researchers employ rigorous methods, the seminal work undertaken to advance research quality has focused predominately on the use of single methods approaches (Brantlinger, Jimenez, Klingner, Pugach, & Richardson, 2005; Gersten et al., 2005; Horner et al., 2005; Thompson, Diamond, McWilliam, Snyder, & Snyder, 2005;). While MMR approaches may be unfamiliar to many in the field of special education, when applied purposefully and rigorously, MMR can uniquely contribute to and enhance special education research. MMR designs yield great opportunities for special education researchers to strengthen and expand our methodological techniques. The overarching purpose of this research is to better design rigorous and responsive MMR studies that will inform the evidence base for supporting individuals with disabilities.


Corr, C., Snodgrass, M. R., Love, H., Scott, I. M., Kim, J., & Andrews, L. (Accepted/In press). Exploring the Landscape of Published Mixed Methods Research in Special Education: A Systematic Review. Remedial and Special Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/0741932520924030  link >

Corr, C., Snodgrass, M. R., Greene, J. C., Meadan, H., & Santos, R. M. (2020). Mixed Methods in Early Childhood Special Education Research: Purposes, Challenges, and Guidance. Journal of Early Intervention, 42(1), 20-30. https://doi.org/10.1177/1053815119873096  link >

Corr, C. (2019). CEC Policy on the Prevention of and Response to Maltreatment. Teaching Exceptional Children, 51(3), 250-252. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040059918820259  link >

Corr, C., Milagros Santos, R., Fowler, S. A., Spence, C., & Skubel, A. (Accepted/In press). Early interventionists’ perceptions of supporting families experiencing poverty. Early Child Development and Care. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2018.1560276  link >

Corr, C., Miller, D., Spence, C., Marshall, A. A., Mott, K., & Kretzer, J. (2019). "It's never black and white": Early interventionists' experiences supporting abused children and their families. Psychological Services, 16(1), 103-110. https://doi.org/10.1037/ser0000282  link >

Corr, C., & Milagros Santos, R. (2019). Jocelin: a best-case scenario for a young child with disabilities who experienced abuse? Early Child Development and Care, 189(1), 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2018.1538979  link >

Lund, E. M., Corr, C. P., Kinavey, E., Mott, K. N., Chowdhury, D., Hammond, M., Thomas, K. B., & Schultz, J. C. (Accepted/In press). Childhood Disability-Related Abuse: A Retrospective Proof-of-Concept Study. Journal of interpersonal violence. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260519879240  link >

Zeng, S., Corr, C. P., O'Grady, C., & Guan, Y. (2019). Adverse childhood experiences and preschool suspension expulsion: A population study. Child Abuse and Neglect, 97, [104149]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2019.104149  link >

Corr, C., Spence, C., Miller, D., Marshall, A. A., & Santos, R. M. (2018). Beyond “Hoping for the Best”: Home Visits in Impoverished Urban Areas. Young Exceptional Children, 21(2), 111-120. https://doi.org/10.1177/1096250616674332  link >

Corr, C. P., & Miller, D. (Eds.) (2018). Maltreatment and Toxic Stress. (Young Exceptional Children Monograph; No. 17). Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Corr, C. P., Miller, D., & Spence, C. M. (2018). "...Something Is Going On": Defining Maltreatment and Trauma-Informed Care. In C. Corr, & D. Miller (Eds.), Maltreatment and Toxic Stress (pp. 1-8). (Young Exceptional Children Monograph; No. 17). Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Corr, C., & Barton, E. E. (2018). Topics in Early Childhood Special Education Topical Issue on “Research to Practice in Maltreatment, Trauma, and Toxic Stress”. Topics in Early Childhood Special education, 38(3), 132-133. https://doi.org/10.1177/0271121418795669  link >

Miller, D., Corr, C. P., Kennedy, S., & Johnson, H. (2018). Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Our Commitments to Children Who Have Experienced Maltreatment and Their Caregivers. In C. Corr, & D. Miller (Eds.), Maltreatment and Toxic Stress (pp. 94-95). (Young Exceptional Children Monograph; No. 17). Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Trivette, C. M., & Corr, C. P. (2018). When Life Gets in the Way: The Complexities of Supporting Families Who Have a Child with Autism and Live in Poverty. In M. Siller, & L. Morgan (Eds.), Handbook of Parent-Implemented Interventions for Very Young Children with Autism (pp. 107-120). (Autism and Child Psychopathology Series). Springer International Publishing AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90994-3_7  link >

Corr, C., & Santos, R. M. (2017). Abuse and Young Children With Disabilities: A Review of the Literature. Journal of Early Intervention, 39(1), 3-17. https://doi.org/10.1177/1053815116677823  link >

Corr, C., & Santos, R. M. (2017). “Not in the Same Sandbox”: Cross-Systems Collaborations Between Early Intervention and Child Welfare Systems. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 34(1), 9-22. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-016-0470-4  link >

Miller, D., Corr, C. P., Munger, K., Spence, C. M., & Santos, R. M. (2017). Adoption, Attachment, and the DEC Recommended Family Practices. In C. M. Trivette, & B. Keilty (Eds.), Family: Knowing Families, Tailoring Practices, Building Capacity (pp. 67-74). (DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series; No. 3). Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.

Corr, C., Santos, R. M., & Fowler, S. A. (2016). The Components of Early Intervention Services for Families Living in Poverty: A Review of the Literature. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 36(1), 55-64. https://doi.org/10.1177/0271121415595551  link >

Fisher, M. H., Corr, C., & Morin, L. (2016). Victimization of Individuals With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Across the Lifespan. International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities, 51, 233-280. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.irrdd.2016.08.001  link >

Santos Gilbertz, R. M., Jeans, L. M., & Corr, C. P. (2016). The Developmental Benefits of Parent-Child Interaction: Perspectives of Filipino Mothers of Children With and Without Disabilities. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 30(1), 85-98. https://doi.org/10.1080/02568543.2015.1106624  link >

Corr, C. P. (2015). We Cannot Walk Away: DEC’s Position on Child Abuse, Neglect, and Trauma. Young Exceptional Children, 19(2), 45-48. https://doi.org/10.1177/1096250616646487  link >

Corr, C., & Danner, N. (2014). Court-Appointed Special Advocate Strong Beginnings: Raising awareness across early childhood and child welfare systems. Early Child Development and Care, 184(9-10), 1436-1446. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2013.845564  link >

Fowler, S. A., Thomas, D. V., Tompkins, J., Hartle, L., & Corr, C. (2013). Strategies for enrolling traditionally underserved families in early childhood education programs. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 15(2).


Mixed Method Inquiry (EPSY 575) This advanced course addresses the theory and practice of mixing inquiry methodologies in program evaluation and applied research. Topics include selected roots of mixed inquiry, various stances on mixing philosophical traditions while mixing methods, conceptualizations of mixed method design and analysis, and challenges of mixed method practice. Students should have basic familiarity with experimental or survey (quantitative) with and constructivist or interpretivist (qualitative) social science. Familiarity with other social science frameworks (e.g., critical theory, feminism, action science) is also highly desirable.

Introduction to ECSE (SPED 450) Overview of the history, trends, and issues of the field of Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) with particular attention to federal and state policy, service system models, and professional roles and ethics. Emphasis is on current research, theory, and practice.

Curriculum and Methods in ECSE (SPED 465) Introduction to the field of early childhood special education, including its history and major issues; instructional methods used in teaching and facilitating development in young children with disabilities are covered in depth.

Mixed Method Inquiry (SPED 575)

Individual Differences: B to 6 (SPED 585) Examines major developmental themes in young children from birth to six. Emphasizes individual differences resulting from environmental and biological factors that influence development, including those resulting from disabilities. Focuses on integration among multiple domains of development.

BLEND/ IMPACT/STePS seminar (SPED 590) Seminar in the education of individuals with special needs; open only to persons who have been admitted for graduate study.

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