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.
Tanya began her career as a high school special education teacher working with students on the Autism Spectrum. While teaching, she organized an after-school club to promote social inclusion of students with disabilities in the larger high school community. Tanya also has clinical expertise working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder; she completed her predoctoral internship at a developmental clinic in Pittsburgh and served as a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellow at Georgia State University. In the past, she has consulted with three state departments regarding their use of alternate assessments with students with significant cognitive disabilities.
Tanya’s research interests focus on enhancing outcomes for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities 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 transition services. She is currently working on two projects, one developing a needs assesment survey (TKABS) and subsequent model (TPIE) to assist school psychologist collaborate in transition services. The second project partners with Denver-metro areas public schools to review transition programs and offer recommendations.
When she is not at school, Tanya enjoys outdoor activities with her dog, reading a good book, and finding delicious food.
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