Dr. Lombardi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. She is also a Research Associate in the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability and a Research Scientist in the Center for Behavioral Education and Research. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Special Education Program.
Dr. Lombardi studies college and career readiness and higher education experiences of underrepresented groups, particularly students with disabilities, aspiring first generation college students, and student athletes. She focuses on survey design methods and has experience in the development, field-testing, and initial validation of several measures: (1) the Inclusive Teaching Strategies Inventory (ITSI), a measure for college faculty, (2) the College Students with Disabilities Campus Climate (CSDCC) survey, a measure of individual actions and perceptions of postsecondary and social supports, (3) the CollegeCareerReady School Diagnostic (CCRSD), intended for high school students and personnel.
Before joining the faculty at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Lombardi was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Oregon’s College of Education. She earned her doctorate from the University of Oregon in Special Education, and she holds an MA in Education and BA in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
•Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Oregon
•M.A. in Education (Language, Literacy, and Culture), University of California, Berkeley
•B.A. in English Literature, University of California, Berkeley
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