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Laura Kieran, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-2168
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311


B.S., State University of New York, College at Oswego; M.E.D., Lesley University; Ph.D., Walden University

Prior Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Western Illinois University
  • Special Education Teacher, Assistive Technology Coordinator: Duluth Public Schools

Areas of Expertise

Overall I am interested in increasing the fidelity of teachers’ use of research-based interventions to support at-risk learners.  Specifically I have researched the impacts of assistive and instructional technologies to support at-risk learners, differentiated literacy instruction with at-risk learners, and the preparation of teacher candidates to teach exceptional learners.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Special Education, Assessment, Methods and Strategies for Exceptional Learners 

SOE News
February 22, 2018
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has publicly reaffirmed accreditation of Drake University for an additional 10 years.