Elizabeth M. Hughes, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Special Education at Penn State. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College (’02) and her master's and doctoral degrees from Clemson University (’07, ’11).
Dr. Hughes’ research evaluates literacy and mathematics interventions for students with disabilities and those considered to be at risk for potential identification of a disability. She has published her research in several peer-reviewed journals, including The Elementary School Journal, Teaching of Psychology, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and Teaching Exceptional Children.
Dr. Hughes’s current research line overlaps her love for reading, writing, and mathematics by evaluating the role of language in learning and communicating mathematics. She has developed interventions to support students’ language when learning mathematics and answering open-response word problems in mathematics.
Before her career in higher education, she was an elementary teacher outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Co-director of The Woodlands summer program offers accessible summer camp programs to children and adults with disabilities. She interned with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) through the U.S. Department of Education.