Kathy Ralabate Doody, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor, State University of New York, Buffalo State Exceptional Education Department
  • SUNY, Buffalo State
  • Buffalo, New York   
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Dr. Kathy Doody received her doctoral degree in Special Education, with a concentration in autism spectrum disorder, from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She joined Buffalo State’s Exceptional Education Department as an Assistant Professor in 2012, after several years of teaching as an adjunct instructor. Her professional areas of interest include autism spectrum disorders, early childhood education, behavior management, educational collaboration, and low incidence disabilities. Dr. Doody was an early childhood general education teacher for several years before pursuing her graduate and doctoral degrees in special education with an emphasis in early childhood education and autism spectrum disorders. Her interest in special education was triggered by her son, who has autism. She worked for several years as a teacher at Summit Educational Resources, teaching infants and preschoolers on the autism spectrum. She has also worked for Early Intervention programs providing services to children with autism. She provides consultation and teacher in-service training to schools and agencies serving children of all ages with autism. Dr. Doody is also a specialized autism consultant to The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, providing training to hospital staff in how to best meet the needs of patients with autism. Dr. Doody is passionate about her work in the field of autism spectrum disorders, and collaborating with educators, administrators, parents, medical professionals, and related service providers to assist individuals with autism in reaching their full potential in home, community, and educational settings.

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