Nicole Dobbins

Part-Time Instructor

Nicole Dobbins
College of Education

Educator Preparation

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


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

  • Regina Brandon, Kyle Higgins, Vita Jones, Nicole Dobbins (2021). (African American Parents With Children With Disabilities: Gathering Home–School Reflections). (2) 57, pp. 7. Intervention in School and Clinic.
  • Vita Vita, Randy Boone, Regina Brandon, Nicole Dobbins, Higgins Kyle (2021). (The Delphi process: Involving parents of children with disabilities in participatory consensus building. I). Intervention in School and Clinic.
  • Joseph Morgan, Yun-Ju Hsiao, Nicole Dobbins, Nancy Brown, Catherine Lyons (2015). (An Observation Tool for Monitoring Social Skill Implementation in Contextually Relevant Environments). (1) 51, pp. 1053451215577474. Intervention in School and Clinic.
  • Joseph Morgan, Yun-Ju Hsiao, Nicole Dobbins, Kyle Higgins (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.
  • Mariana Mereoiu, Carol Bland, Nicole Dobbins, Judith Niemeyer (2015). (Exploring Perspectives on Child Care With Families of Children With Autism). (1) 17, Early Childhood Research and Practice.
  • Katrina Cummings, Dionne Sills-Busio, Barker, A Fain, Nicole Dobbins (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.
  • Vita Jones, Kyle Higgins, Regina Brandon, Debra Cote, Nicole Dobbins (2013). (A Focus on Resiliency: Young Children With Disabilities). pp. 1096250613481681. Young Exceptional Children.
  • Natasha Veale, Nicole Dobbins, Stephanie Kurtts (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.
  • Dobbins Nicole, Draper-Rodriquez Cathi (2013). (Providing Support for English Language Learners with Behavioral Needs). (3) 48, Intervention in School and Clinic.
  • Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh, Nicole Dobbins (2012). (Coaching emotional intelligence in the classroom: a practical guide for 7–14). (3) 16, pp. 423–424. Teacher Development.
  • Stephanie Gardiner-Walsh, Nicole Dobbins (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.
  • Stephanie Kurtts, Nicole Dobbins, 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.