Karen Riley

Karen Riley

  • Biographical Description

    • Karen Riley, PhD

      Dr. Riley is the Dean for the Morgridge College of Educational at the University of Denver. Her education includes a B.S. in Psychology; a M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family Studies. She completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship at The Children’s Hospital in Denver in the Fragile X Treatment and Research Center and subsequently worked at the Child Development Unit within The Children’s Hospital. She currently has a dual faculty appointment in Child, Family and School Psychology and Curriculum Studies and Teaching.

      Dr. Riley currently serves on the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board for the National Fragile X Foundation. She has over 15 years of experience in teaching and administration of early childhood special education programs. She has an additional 10 years of experience working with children who have neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.  Particular areas of interest and expertise include assessment and intervention of infants and preschoolers, curriculum development, school consultation, behavioral interventions and low incidence disabilities.   She lectures extensively throughout the US as well as internationally, on behavioral and educational interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders primarily those with fragile X syndrome.

      Karen Riley. PhD | Dean & Associate Professor

      Morgridge College of Education | University of Denver
      1999 East Evans Avenue | Denver, CO 80208-1700
      303.871.3665 | Karen.Riley@du.edu

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Recent Grants

    • Received and Administered Research Grants

      2015-present   Global Down Syndrome Foundation: Adult Educational Programming: An exploration of courses designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with Down syndrome $136,847 PI (with Co-PI Dr. Deborah Fiddler, Colorado State University)

      The purpose of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of a series of education courses for adults with Down syndrome. The proposal was co-written with Dr. Fiddler.  The work is very important, as post-secondary options are limited for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders.  This project is also important to the College as it funds several graduate assistants and is implemented by a junior faculty member Dr. Devadrita Talapatra which has allowed her to engage with the Down syndrome community and she already has a presentation on this project accepted to a state level conference.

      2014-2019   National Institute of Health: Outcome Measure for Use in Treatment Trials for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities $2,499,996 ($588,692 for DU) Co- PI (with Drs. David Hessel, University of California Davis MIND Institute and Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, Rush University)

      The overarching goal of this project is to develop and validate an assessment battery to measure cognitive outcomes in clinical trials of individuals with intellectual disabilities.  This project is very important to the evaluation of intervention approached for individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders.  This project is also very important to the College as it funds five graduate research assistants and is implemented by a junior faculty member Dr. Jeanine Coleman which has allowed her to engage with the Down syndrome and Fragile X syndrome communities.  The students have already presented a poster on this project at an international conference and Dr. Coleman and I have already had one publication from the preliminary data (Hessel et al, 2016)

      2013   Piton Foundation: Z Place & Jamaica Street Evaluation Planning Project $17, 170 PI

      The goal of this research project is to begin to evaluate the effectiveness of the preschool programs being initiated in the Children’s Corridor.  This was designed to serve as the foundation for the longitudinal study. This project was accepted as I felt it could serve as a potential project for a doctoral student.  I also thought it might lead to greater involvement of the College with the local community.

  • Research

  • Recent Publications

  • Recent Presentations

    • Refereed

      (Self in bold; student colleagues underlined; *junior faculty)

      Snider, L., Coleman, J., & Riley, K. (November, 2016).  Cognitive test accommodations for students with neurodevelopmental disabilities.  Skills and information session presented at the Colorado Society of School Psychologists Fall Conference: Vail, CO.  

      Riley, K., & Keene, C. (July, 2014).  Stress debriefing strategies. Colloquium presented at the 15th International Fragile X Conference, San Antonio, TX.

      Epstein, J., & Riley, K. (July, 2016).  Toilet training. Presented at the 15th International Fragile X Conference, San Antonio, TX.

      Berry-Kravis, E., McBrien, D., Lachiewicz, A., Riley, K., Sudholter, V., Aguirre-Kolb, C., … Kidd, S., (July, 2016). Toilet Training Milestones in Fragile X Syndrome. Presented at the 15th International Fragile X Conference, San Antonio, TX.

      Thompson, T., Coleman, J.*, Riley, K., Baer, L.A., Woods, J., Howard, L., & Snider, L (July, 2014). Psychoeducational assessment with individuals with Fragile X syndrome; strategies to enhance engagement and decrease hyperarousal and anxiety. Poster presented at the 14th International Fragile X Conference, Orange County, CA.

      Riley, K., & Braden, M. (July, 2014).  Best practices in behavior. Presented at the 14th International Fragile X Conference, Orange County, CA.

      Hessl D., Sansone S.M., Berry-Kravis, E., Gershon, R., Riley, K., Schneider, A., …  Oaklander D. (March, 2016). Novel outcome measures for intellectual disability clinical trials. Presented at the 49th Annual Gaitlinburg Conference, San Diego, CA.

      Epstein, J., & Riley, K. (July, 2014).  Toilet training. Presented at the 14th International Fragile X Conference, Orange County, CA.

      Braden, M., & Riley, K. (July, 2014). How to change behavior.  Presented at the 14th International Fragile X Conference, Orange County, CA.

      Hoffmann, A., Lemons-Chitwood, K., & Riley, K. (July, 2014).  Enhancing literacy skills in individuals with FXS. Presented at the 14th International Fragile X Conference, Orange County, CA.

      Riley, K., Lopez Lopez, C., Hammond, K., Judith, J., Alhas, S., Merrien, F., … Apostol, G. (July, 2014).  A unique educational iPad application and assessment tool for evaluating reading skills in adolescents and young adults with fragile X syndrome. Poster presented at the 14th International Fragile X Conference, Orange County, CA.

       Agans, L.*, & Riley, K.  (June, 2014).  Inclusive Adaptation: Toward a Model of Responsive Game Interaction for Early STEM Learning. Paper presented  at the 5th International Conference on the Future of Education, Florence, Italy.

      Riley,K., Lopez Lopez, C., Hammond, K., Judith,J., Alhas, S., Merrien, F., Zhu,L., Apostol, G. (October, 2013). A unique educational iPad application and assessment tool for evaluating reading skills in adolescents and young adults with fragile X syndrome. FRAXA Investigators Meeting, Southbridge, MA. 

      Lopez Lopez, C., Riley, K., Hammond, K., Judith,J., Alhas, S., Merrien, F., Zhu,L., Apostol, G. (October, 2013). A novel reading intervention protocol to assess efficacy of mavoglurant (AFQ056) in improving cognition in adolescents and young adults with fragile X syndrome. FRAXA Investigators Meeting, Southbridge, MA.

      Agans, L., Riley, K., Seidel, K. & Korach, S. (November, 2012). Making grants work for you, instead of just working for grants. University Council for Education Administration Convention, Denver, Colorado.

      Riley, K. & Dixon-Webber, J. (July, 2012). Finding adult services in your state. Presented at the 13th National Fragile X Conference, Miami, Florida.

      Braden, M. & Riley, K. (July, 2012).Behavioral interventions, an examination of anxiety. Presented at the 13th National Fragile X Conference, Miami, Florida.

      Epstein, J. & Riley, K. (July, 2012). Toilet training. Presented at the 13th National Fragile X Conference, Miami, Florida.

      Riley, K (July, 2012). RTI and evidence based interventions. Presented at the 13th National Fragile X Conference, Miami, Florida.

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