• Biographical Description

  • 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 intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) at the secondary level.


    Dr. Talapatra has clinical expertise working with students with IDD. She is a former high school special education teacher who worked 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 two strands: (1) enhancing post-school outcomes for students with IDD through development of academic and adaptive school curricula, and (2) training of school psychologists to increase their presence in services for students with IDD. Both are intended to improve self-determination skills, either for individuals with IDD or for the support personnel that interact with students with IDD. She believes in reducing social and environmental barriers impeding educational and community integration of individuals with IDD. During her time 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. Her current research project consists of program evaluation of three secondary school transition programs within the Denver-metro area.


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

  • Contact Me

  • DU Email: devadrita.talapatra@du.edu

    Office: KRH 255

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Talapatra CV.pdf

  • Research Summary

This portfolio last updated: 11-Feb-2020 12:05 PM