Prof. Stephanie MacFarland

Curriculum Vitae:


  • Stephanie Z.C. MacFarland


  • Ph.D.     University of Arizona, Special Education, emphasis of doctoral study: theory-based curriculum for children with deafblindness, The Van Dijk Approach
  • M..Ed.   Boston College, Deafblindness and Multiple Disabilities
  • B.S.      The University of Arizona, Elementary Education, minor Special Education

Professional Career:

  • 1995-Present  Director/Professor, Teacher Preparation in Severe and Multiple Disabilities, The University of Arizona
  • 1993-1995      Co-Coordinator, Perkins National Deaf-Blind Training Project, Watertown, MA
  • 1990-1993      Co-Coordinator, Teacher Preparation in Deafblindness and Multiple Disabilities, Boston College, MA
  • 1983-1990      Teacher and Consultant for individuals who are deaf-blind and multiply disabled, Arizona, nationally and internationally
  • 1981-1983      Teacher of students with deafblindness California

Major Publications on:

  • Teacher preparation in deafblindness and multiple disabilities
  • The Van Dijk curricular approach, inclusive educational practices for students with severe disabilities
  • Effects of instructional assistant proximity on students with disabilities


  • Fulbright Scholar Recipient to The Netherlands
  • University of Arizona Doctoral Fellowship
  • ARC, Laura Ganoung Award
  • The IAEDB Distinguished Services Award

Areas of special interest:

  • Challenging behavior as communicative intent
  • Augmentative communication
  • Systematic and meaningful instruction and curriculum development for learners with deafblindness, severe, and multiple disabilities

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