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Postdoctoral Scholar, Education
BioDr. Tamara Handy is a former education psychologist and a current postdoctoral fellow in the Learning Differences and the future of Special Education Initiative at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She has worked in schools and hospitals both in Sri Lanka and in the Midwest serving children with disabilities from birth to 18. Her overarching research agenda examines ways in which to establish inclusive educational systems in inequitable school settings. Specifically, her scholarly endeavors center supporting teachers and students in establishing inclusive school systems. Her academic, clinical and research specializations focus broadly on Disability and Difference, Systems Change in Policy and Practice. She focuses specifically on processes and practices within and outside the school system which constricts access, acceptance, achievement, and opportunities for children and youth located in the margins of society due to race, poverty, gender and disability. At present, she is exploring ways in which the neuroscience of learning along with other learning sciences, and disability studies scholarship can enhance the learning experiences of students with disabilities, in inclusive school settings.