Nicole Dobbins

Assistant Professor

Nicole Dobbins
College of Education

Educator Preparation

Proctor Hall 270
B.A.Psychology / Spelman College
MEDSpecial Education / University of Nevada Las Vegas
Ph.D.Special Education / University of Nevada Las Vegas


Dr. Nicole Dobbins has a Ph.D. in Special Education with an emphasis in the areas of emotional & behavioral disorders, autism, and administration. Her scholarship is focused on providing teachers with effective academic, behavioral, social, & cultural strategies for diverse learners with an emphasis on Universal Design for Learning. She has presented at regional, national & international conferences & published several manuscripts in these areas. She teaches undergraduate and graduate special education courses. Dr. Dobbins has over 15yrs experience teaching and mentoring general and special education teacher candidates.

Research Interests

Special Education, Mild Disabilities, Universal Design for Learning, Inclusive Teaching Practices, Cultural Relevant Pedagogy

Recent Publications

  • Nancy Brown, Nicole Dobbins, Yun-Ju Hsiao, Catherine Lyons, Joseph Morgan (2015). (An Observation Tool for Monitoring Social Skill Implementation in Contextually Relevant Environments). (1) 51, pp. 1053451215577474 ). Intervention in School and Clinic.
  • Carol Bland, Nicole Dobbins, Mariana Mereoiu, Judith Niemeyer (2015). (Exploring Perspectives on Child Care With Families of Children With Autism). (1) 17, ). Early Childhood Research and Practice.
  • Katrina Cummings, Nicole Dobbins, Dionne Sills-Busio (2015). (Parent Professional Partnerships in Early Education: Relationships for Effective Inclusion of Students with Disabilities). (4) 36, pp. 309-323 ). Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.
  • Nicole Dobbins, Kyle Higgins, Yun-Ju Hsiao, Joseph Morgan (2015). (Comparing student and teacher perceptions of the importance of social skills in a self-contained setting). ). Journal of American Academy of Special Education Professionals.
  • Regina Brandon, Debra Cote, Nicole Dobbins, Kyle Higgins, Vita Jones (2013). (A Focus on Resiliency: Young Children With Disabilities). pp. 1096250613481681 ). Young Exceptional Children.
  • Nicole Dobbins, Stephanie Kurtts, Natasha Veale (2013). (Career Changers in Special Education: A Collaborative Direction in Teacher Preparation for School Systems and Institutions of Higher Education). (2) 22, pp. 107 ). Issues in Teacher Education.
  • Draper-Rodriquez Cathi, Dobbins Nicole (2013). (Providing Support for English Language Learners with Behavioral Needs). (3) 48, ). Intervention in School and Clinic.
  • Nicole Dobbins, Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh (2012). (Coaching emotional intelligence in the classroom: a practical guide for 7–14). (3) 16, pp. 423–424 ). Teacher Development.
  • Nicole Dobbins, Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh (2012). (Effective instructional strategies: from theory to practice, by KD Moore, Los Angeles, Sage, 2008, 464 pp., 57.95 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-41-295644-4). (1) 16, pp. 143–144 ). Teacher Development.
  • Nicole Dobbins, Stephanie Kurtts, Natsuko Takemae (2012). (Using assistive technology to meet diverse learner needs). 18, pp. 92 ). School Library Management.
  • Nicole Dobbins, Kyle Higgins, Tom Pierce, Richard Tandy, Matt Tincani (2010). (An analysis of social skills instruction provided in teacher education and in-service training programs for general and special educators). (5) 31, pp. 358–367 ). Remedial and Special Education.
  • Nicole Dobbins, Kellee Watkins, Nakeshia Williams (The Mediating Role of Social Media in Shaping the Self-Concept of Black Girls). In Aria Halliday, (Black Girls and Black Girlhoods ) pp. 20 ). Sage Publications.