LINDA BAMBARA

MENTORING AREAS  

 

Enjoyments

Pilates (machine and mat)

Gardening

Cooking

Music- rock, blues, jazz

Rank

Professor

Honors and Distinctions

Program Coordinator of Special Education (1996-2001; 2004-2005)

Associate Chair (2005-present)

Executive Director, Lehigh Support for Community Living
 

Women in academia

Strategies for balancing work and home life (still working on this myself)

Writing for publication; setting up timelines for scholarship

Classroom teaching strategies

Document preparation for tenure and promotion
TEACHING AREAS
Special education, severe disabilities
SCHOLARLY INTERESTS

Positive behavior interventions for students with disabilities

Community and school inclusion for people with disabilities

Self-determination for people with disabilities

Qualitative research methods

RECENT AND CURRENT PROJECTS

Wrote a text book

PI, Office of Special Education, Field Initiated Research Grant
SAMPLE COMMITTEES AND POSITIONS

Program Coordinator, Special Education

Associate Chair, College of Education

Chair, College of Education Promotion and Tenure Committee

Graduate Research Committee
 
EDUCATION  

B.S. Elementary Education, State College of New York at Oneonta

M. Ed. Special Education, SUNY Binghamton

Ed.D Special Education, Vanderbilt University
 
BIOGRAPHY

Linda has been with Lehigh since 1988 where she serves as faculty in special education. Her specialization is in developmental disabilities, with a particular interest in children and adults with disabilities who engage in difficult problem behaviors. As a long-time advocate for positive behavior interventions, Linda has served on several national advisory committees for positive interventions and on Pennsylvania’s MH/MR positive approaches committee which was instrumental in changing state regulations on the use of restrictive interventions in community agencies. In addition to behavioral interventions, Linda’s research has focused on choice and self-determination strategies for helping adults with severe disabilities speak out and do more for themselves. More recently, her interests have focused on understanding systemic issues that affect the long-term adoption of positive interventions in school settings and supports needed by team members to sustain their commitment to students who engage in challenging behaviors. Linda serves on five editorial boards of professional journals, is the past Editor-in-chief of Research and Practice in Severe Disabilities (formerly JASH), has co-authored or co-edited several books on interventions for individuals with severe disabilities, as well as numerous articles and book chapters on the topic. At Lehigh, Linda also directs Lehigh Support for Community Living, a program funded by Lehigh County MH/MR which supports adults with developmental disabilities to live and be involved in their communities.

Linda lives in Emmaus with her husband Larry McCabe who is a senior project manager for Alvin H. Butz, Inc. and has two college-aged children Julia 19 (University of South Carolina) and Eleni 18 (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).

 
CONTACT INFORMATION

College of Education, Department of Education and Human Services

Iacocca Hall A-313

PHONE: (610)-758-3271 EMAIL: lmb1@lehigh.edu