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Karen Riley, Ph.D.

Primary Area of Expertise

  • Early childhood special education
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Autism

Also qualified to speak on topics in the following areas:

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Down Syndrome


Karen Riley is an Assistant Professor in the Morgridge College of Educational in the Child, Family and School Psychology Program, where she is the PI on a pilot study examining early language and literacy approaches for children with Down syndrome.  Her education includes a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University; a M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family Studies from the University of Denver. She completed a 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 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 neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.  She has been involved in several psychopharmacological studies and other research projects related to fragile X syndrome and other neurodevelopmental disorders.  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.

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