Lisa A. Finnegan

Lisa Finnegan, Ph.D. earned her doctorate from the University of Central Florida (UCF), in Orlando FL. She is currently an Associate Profession in the Department of Special Education supporting the preparation of both in-service and pre-service teachers to meet the needs of their students with exceptional needs and their families. Her passion for developing engaging and student-centered learning environments is founded on her research interest in universal design for learning (UDL) and the implementation of multi-tiered systems of supports both academically and behaviorally. Dr. Finnegan has a particular interest in teacher retention and induction and encourages students to build their network of support while in their program.

Dr. Finnegan was born in Ontario, Canada and moved her senior year to Wisconsin. She has taught in Kindergarten through 8th grade as a self-contained teacher for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities as well as an inclusive general education teacher supporting students with varying exceptional needs. She also taught middle school mathematics and science where her interest in UDL stemmed. Before joining FAU, she worked for UCP of Central Florida as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction supporting teachers of students with varying exceptional needs in grade K-12.

KEY WORDS: Inclusion; universal design for learning; multi-tiered systems of support; content strategies; family supports; teacher advocacy and support.

Lisa Finnegan

Lisa Finnegan

Associate Professor
Department of Special Education

Office Phone: 561-297-3284
Office Location: ED 47 - 426
Campus: Boca