Dr. Tiffany Otero


Assistant Professor


Special Education

Describe your research in about 200 words.

My primary research interests are behavioral interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, social inclusion and social skill intervention, and improving assessment practices of children with developmental differences. My current projects are focused on identifying variables that contribute to positive outcomes for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and improving school-based assessment practices for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I am also very interested in person-centered social skills intervention to promote the social engagement and motivation of individuals with ASD.

What’s the most interesting thing you have learned from a student?

Not really “one thing from a single student”- but in an “Introduction to Special Education Class” for secondary-level general education teachers, I was in awe of the creativity and genuine passion my students demonstrated for their Differentiated Instruction for Inclusion project. I definitely learned from my students that the possibilities for inclusion are so much greater, wider, and so much more fun than we sometimes convey!