Devadrita Talapatra

Devadrita Talapatra

  • Biographical Description

    • Devadrita (Tanya) Talapatra is an Assistant Professor in the Child, Family, and School Psychology (CFSP) Program in the Morgridge College of Education (MCE) at the University of Denver (DU). She received her B.S. from Emory University in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Ph.D. from Georgia State University in School Psychology. Dr. Talapatra has a keen interest in research and practice related to comprehensive, culturally relevant, and family-centered services for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) at the secondary level.


      She began her career as a high school special education teacher working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). While teaching, she organized an after-school club, BEST (Bringing Exceptional Students Together), to promote social inclusion of students with disabilities in the larger high school community. Inclusion of students with disabilities in the school and community is a priority; to that end, Dr. Talapatra has participated in U.S. DOE/IDEA General Supervision Enhancement, U.S. DOE/IES Special Education, ThinkCollege!, and Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GDSF) grants to promote inclusion at the secondary and post-secondary levels for students with significant disabilities.


      Dr. Talapatra has clinical expertise working with students with I/DD; she has certifications in Functional Behavioral Assessment and Treatment Plan Development, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2), including the Toddler module, and the Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R). She is also a former Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellow.


      Dr. Talapatra’s research focuses on enhancing outcomes for students with I/DD through promotion of inclusion in post-secondary settings, development of adaptive and academic interventions to improve post-school transition and self-determination, and training of school psychologists to increase their presence in services for students with I/DD. She is currently engaged in program evaluation of transition programs of secondary schools in the Denver-metro area.


      When she is not at school, Dr. Talapatra enjoys outdoor activities with her dog, reading a good book, and finding delicious food.

  • Contact Me

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      Office: KRH 255

  • Curriculum Vitae

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