Course Credits and References
Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
Course Instructor Dr. Deirdre Mithaug (BA, MA, M.PHL, Ph.D.) is a leading educator in the fields of psychology, cognition, sociology, special education, disabilities, and teacher education. She has also worked professionally, consulted, and taught at the college level in the areas of psychology, special education, education policy, and teacher education. She holds a B.A. in psychology and two Master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in behavioral disorders and special education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Mithaug has also worked as a special education teacher in both NYC public and private schools and as an Associate Professor at St. John's University. She has written and edited several articles on teacher education, social psychology, special education, and distance learning and conducted extensive research on children and adults with behavioral, physical and mental disabilities.
Course Editor Dr. Bret Staples (BA, MS, Ph.D.) is a highly motivated, personable scientific professional with multiple college degrees and a successful 34-year track record of scientific research and publications. After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, he became a research chemist for the US Department of Energy. Dr. Staples has authored professional papers in scientific journals and reviewed other scientists’ publications and has performed scientific research in solution chemistry. Dr. Staples is extraordinarily talented in proofreading and editing journal publications, online course curriculum, as well as a strong knack for quickly mastering technology – using and programming computers since 1964.