Program Leadership & Contacts

  • For general inquiries:
    specialed@american.edu
    202-885-3741
  • Sarah Irvine Belson
    Director, Master of Arts in Special Education Program
    Executive Director, Institute for Innovation in Education
    sarah@american.edu

Faculty & Staff

Alida Anderson Associate Professor CAS - School of Education

Alida Anderson earned her PhD in special education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Research and teaching interests focus on contextual factors associated with language development and l

  alida.anderson@american.edu

  (202) 885-6214

Jennifer Durham Adjunct Professorial Lecturer CAS - School of Education

Dr. Jennifer Durham holds a PhD from George Mason University. Her research focuses upon arts integration, multi-sensory teaching methodologies, and assessment practices for children with specific lear

  durham@american.edu

Sarah Irvine Belson Executive Director, Institute for Innovation in Education CAS - School of Education

Dr. Sarah Irvine Belson holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Curriculum and Instructional with a cognate in Special Education. Her research explores educational opportunity for children with d

  sirvine@american.edu

  (202) 885-3714

Melissa Wood Adjunct Instructor

Mary Beth Wood joined AU's media relations team in January 2010 after relocating from New York City. In her current role, Mary Beth is responsible for generating internal and external awareness and pu

  mwood@american.edu