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Diane Duggan, PhD, BC-DMT, is a licensed psychologist, board certified dance/movement therapist, and dance educator who has worked with children and youth with disabilities since 1973. She ran a dance program for adolescents with emotional and learning disorders in the South Bronx for 21 years, and her students performed in Lincoln Center, Central Park, South Street Seaport, St. Mark’s Church, NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theatre, and the Apollo Theater. 

Diane has taught in the NYU Dance Education MA program since 1994 and choreographs for the annual NYU Distinguished Faculty Concert. She has taught in the 92nd Street Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) and Dance Therapy programs since 2006. She is an Arnhold mentor for new dance educators in the NYC Department of Education and also mentors Alvin Ailey Arts in Education teaching artists, working with students with disabilities. Diane has taught courses on dance and disability at Hunter College, Adelphi University, Hofstra University, and C.W. Post/Long Island University.  She has a PhD in School/Child Psychology from New York University and an MS in Dance Therapy from Hunter College.

Diane has published her work in books and professional journals. She is co-author of Dance Education for Diverse Learners (2009) and of “Dance and Students with Disabilities” in the 2015 edition of the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance. Diane is on the editorial board of the NDEO journal Dance Education in Practice. She is a member of the Dance/NYC Task Force on Dance and Disability and contributed to the 2015 publication Disability.Dance.Artistry. Diane received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York State Dance Educators Association in 2016.


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