Audrey A. Trainor

Professor of Special Education; Content Director, Programs in Special Education

Audrey A. Trainor

Phone: 212-998-5205

Curriculum Vitae/Syllabi:

Audrey A. Trainor, PhD, studies equity and diversity in special education, focusing on postsecondary transitions for adolescents with learning and behavioral/emotional disabilities. A central purpose of her work is to improve inclusive transition education and postschool outcomes for adolescents with disabilities who are made vulnerable by limited access to educational opportunities. 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. She is currently the principal investigator for the IES-funded project, Factors Associated with Postsecondary Success for English Language Learners with Disabilities: A Mixed Methods Exploration. This study includes secondary analyses of the NLTS 2012 transition experiences and postschool outcome data of multilingual learners with disabilities and qualitative explorations of these experiences and outcomes for high school and postsecondary students in New York City. Her books and articles focus on qualitative research methodology and ethics, in addition to special education transitions from high school to adulthood. Trainor is a past president (2012-13) of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Career Development and Transition. She was awarded the 2015 DCDT Sitlington Research Award, and named the 2014 Gershman/Ahler Distinguished Lecturer in Qualitative Research. Prior to her career in postsecondary education, she was a special education high school teacher working with students with disabilities for nearly a decade.