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Dr. Elizabeth Hughes

Associate Professor of Education (SPLED)

Phone: 814-863-2420

226 CEDAR Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education


  • Special Education


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.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels



Video/Visual Technology

Curriculum Areas

Language/Literacy Ed
Math Ed

Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High

Teacher Preparation

In-service Teachers
Pre-service Teachers

Special Education

Mild Disabilities
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