Audrey A. Trainor
Associate Professor of Special Education; Content Director, Programs in Special Education
Audrey A. Trainor studies equity and diversity in special education, focusing on post-secondary transitions for adolescents with learning and behavioral/emotional disabilities. A central purpose of her work is to improve inclusive transition education and post-school outcomes for adolescents with high-incidence disabilities who are also members of historically marginalized groups. Using capital theory, her projects examine how economic, cultural, and social capital coalesce and function as levers for power and agency in special education processes. Her recent research includes a secondary analysis of the National Longitudinal Transition Database funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, and an interview study with parents of children with disabilities. Her interest in methodology has led to her examination of the policy-driven initiatives such as evidence-based practices, and the development of a conceptual framework for culturally responsive intervention research. Additionally, she has published a book and several articles on effectively reviewing qualitative research, ethics, and the peer review process. Trainor served as president of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Career Development and Transition from 2012-13. Prior to her career in post-secondary education, she was a special education high school teacher working with students with high-incidence disabilities for nearly a decade.