Devadrita (Tanya) Talapatra is an Assistant Professor in the Child, Family, and School Psychology Program in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. 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 neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD) at the secondary level.
Dr. Talapatra has clinical expertise working with students with NDD. She was a high school special education teacher working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She has certifications in Functional Behavioral Assessment and Treatment Plan Development, the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) 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 NDD 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 NDD.
Dr. Talapatra believes in reducing social and environmental barriers impeding educational and community integration of individuals with NDD. As a teacher, 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. Dr. Talapatra has continued to support inclusion of students with significant disabilities in secondary and post-secondary education and community through her participation in U.S. DOE/IDEA General Supervision Enhancement, U.S. DOE/IES Special Education, ThinkCollege!, and Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GDSF) grants. 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!
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