Jacqueline Kelleher, Ph.D.
Dr. Jacqueline Kelleher began teaching in the Isabelle Farrington College of Education at Sacred Heart University in January 2010. She brings over fifteen years experience in public schools and university settings in the areas related to special education policy, learning strategies, classroom and large scale assessment, measurement, evaluation, instructional design, service learning pedagogy, and autism program development.
Before coming to SHU, Dr. Kelleher served as a state education consultant with the Connecticut State Department of Education, specializing in the areas of autism and general supervision monitoring of 170 local education agencies. Previous employment has included Director of Education with the Beginning with Children Foundation in New York City, Executive Director of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning at Western Oregon University, and Assistant Dean of the Neag School of Education at The University of Connecticut.
Dr. Kelleher has led dozens of evaluation studies and comprehensive needs assessments for and with K-12 districts and nonprofit organizations across the country as a consultant or as part of her service commitment to the field. Clients have included the National Science Foundation among others.
Her outreach activities include serving as an NCATE National Board Examiner, Connecticut Autism Advisory Council committee leader, and external advisory board advisor to the Connecticut Center of Excellence on Autism Research and Training at Southern Connecticut State University.
Along with her partner of twenty years, Dan Comeau, Dr. Kelleher is the parent of four, including identical twins with autism. The family enjoys filmmaking, performing as an acoustic band for state functions, and providing outreach to other families facing similar joys and challenges raising children with disabilities.
Degrees and Certifications
- Masters in Education with an emphasis on Special Education
- Doctorate in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment
Research Interests & Grants
Now at SHU, Dr. Kelleher will continue her research in the following areas: Asperger's Syndrome, special education policy, service learning pedagogy, instrument design for measuring professional development impact, assessment literacy, and innovative learning strategies, including musical mnemonics for facilitating long and short-term recall.