Ph.D. 1986 – Vanderbilt University, Education and Human Development/Special Education
M.S. 1980 – Furman University, Special Education, Mental Retardation and Physical Disabilities
B.S. 1976 – Presbyterian College, Special Education, Mental Retardation
Areas of Expertise
Children and Youth with Autism
Interdisciplinary Personnel Preparation in Early Childhood and Special Education
Ethics and Public Policy for Children, Youth with Disabilites and Their Families
Family Centered Empowerment Strategies
Early Childhood, Families, Special Education
Translational Research/ Implementation Science
Teaching and Professional Development
Prior to joining the faculty in 1993, Harriet Able was an assistant professor at the University of Colorado at Denver, taught special education in preschool and elementary school settings and served as a state special education consultant for the Colorado Department of Education.
Able’s areas of expertise include early childhood, special education, interdisciplinary collaboration, teacher preparation and translational research with a focus on campus community collaborations, ethics and special education, and empowering families who have children and youth with disabilities with a particular focus on autism. She has received many interdisciplinary personnel preparation grants from the U.S. Office of Education focused on collaborative teaming initiatives between special education and the allied health professions.
Able’s research focuses on innovative personnel development models as well as ethics and special education. She has published and presented papers regarding the preparation of interdisciplinary personnel, family centered services, inclusion for children and youth with ASD, hospital-based early interventions and ethics and special education. Her primary research interests focus on young children and youth with autism spectrum disorders and family empowerment.