Diana M. Knoll 112 Weaver Drive Glenshaw, PA 15116 Work Phone

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Diana M. Knoll
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112 Weaver Drive
Glenshaw, PA 15116
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Work Phone (412) 648-2133
Cell Phone (412) 417-1312
Email - [email protected]
 EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude; The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; June,
1982 (Major-- Education: Exceptional Children).
Master of Education; The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; August, 1999
(Major-- Early Intervention for Young Children with Disabilities).
 EMPLOYMENT
1/00 - present
Early Intervention Research Associate, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
Designed and taught graduate level university courses for both the Early Intervention
Program (EI) including Advanced Research Seminar in Early Intervention,
Programming for Young Children with Disabilities, Autism: Characteristics and
Interventions, Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities, Assessment
of Young Children with Disabilities, Seminar: Inclusion in the Early Childhood Setting,
Seminar: Community Resources for Young Children and Families, and the Combined
and Accelerated Studies in Education Program (CASE) including Assessment of
Young Children with Disabilities, Pre-K Inclusion, and Collaborative Partnerships:
Families and Communities. Placed and supervised students in community practicum
experiences and facilitated the coordinating seminar. Secured and supervised
practicum supervisors. Assisted in the development of personnel preparation grant
proposals. Coordinated activities for the Early Intervention Autism Specialization
Program and its related personnel preparation grants. Provided coordination, student
advising, practicum placements, and secured practicum supervisors for the Applied
Behavior Analysis Program.
9/00 – 6/03
Developmental Therapist, Independent Contractor (Pittsburgh, PA)
Designed and implemented home- and community-based developmental therapy to
young children. Collaborated with other professionals and family members to create
an effective treatment team.
6/99 - 9/00
Developmental Therapist, Compro/ARC Allegheny (Pittsburgh, PA)
Planned and provided home-based, developmental therapy to young children, ages
birth to 3 years. Worked in collaboration with families, caregivers, and professionals
from other disciplines.
8/93 - 5/97
Inclusion Facilitator, East Ward Elementary School (Killeen, TX)
Participated in school restructuring which included the following initiatives: nongraded classrooms, vertical teaming, early intervention, interdisciplinary curriculum,
alternative assessment, and inclusion of all special programs. Collaborated and cotaught with classroom teachers to meet the needs of children with a wide range of
disabilities, Grades Pre-K to 5.
6/95 - 6/96
Instructor, Region XII Alternative Teacher Certification Program (Killeen, TX)
Developed and taught the Early Childhood component for 25-30 adults seeking a
Texas teaching certificate. Instruction included lecture, discussion, individual and
group activities, skill application with young children, and written evaluation with
feedback. Prepared students to take the Early Childhood portion of the Texas
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certification testing.
8/88 - 5-91
Resource Teacher, Carmichael Elementary School (Sierra Vista, AZ)
Designed and implemented a resource program for up to 28 students with various
types of mild to moderate disability, Grades K to 3.
8/87 - 5/88
Special Education Teacher, Buena High School (Sierra Vista, AZ)
Created and taught a school/community-based curriculum for students with severe
disabilities, Ages 13 to 22 years.
8/84 - 6/87
Special Education Teacher, Rosemore Junior High School (Whitehall, OH)
Implemented individualized education programs for up to 16 students with
mild/moderate levels of developmental disability, Grades 7 and 8.
8/82 - 6/84
Special Education Teacher, Amanda-Clearcreek High School (Amanda, OH)
Conducted scheduling, assessment, and daily instruction for 20 students with
developmental disabilities, Grades 9 to 12.
 PUBLICATIONS/ MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT
Coffaro, A. and Knoll, D. (2003). Parent Training Module- Getting the Best for Your
Child: Best Practices in Early Intervention. Created for the Allegheny County, PA
Local Interagency Coordinating Council
Robinson, H., Knoll, D., & Miller, D. (1996). Restructuring for student success. ERIC
(ED405084).
 PRESENTATIONS
Killmeyer, S., Kaczmarek, L., and Knoll, D. (2014). Comparative Content Analysis:
Two Cohorts of Autism Specialization M.Ed. Students. Poster Presentation at the
2014 Council for Exceptional Children: Division for Early Childhood Conference, St.
Louise, MO.
Gwin, R., Killmeyer, S., Taylor, J., Mrachko, A., Knoll, D., and Kaczmarek, L.
(October, 2014). Partnering with Parents of Young Children with Autism: A
Practicum in Coaching. Presentation at the 2014 Council for Exceptional Children:
Division for Early Childhood Conference, St. Louise, MO.
Kaczmarek, L. and Knoll, D. (November, 2011). A Content Analysis of MEd
Portfolios: What Did Students Learn about Autism? Poster Presentation at the 2011
Council for Exceptional Children: Division for Early Childhood Conference, National
Harbor, MD.
Kaczmarek, L., Kabashi, L., and Knoll, D. (October, 2010). Development of a Skills
List for Autism Practitioners Using Student Practicum Objectives. Poster
Presentation at the 2010 Council for Exceptional Children: Division for Early
Childhood Conference, Kansas City, MO.
Kaczmarek, L., Kabashi, L., and Knoll, D. (July, 2010). Using Student Practicum
Objectives to Develop a Skills List for Autism Practitioners. Poster Presentation at
the 2010 US Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs Project
Director’s Conference, Washington, D.C.
Edelman, L., Bagnato, S., Hubley, N., Kondrich, K. and Knoll, D. (April, 2010).
Perspectives on Parent-Professional Collaboration: Early Intervention and Preschool
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Special Education. Presentation sponsored by University of Pittsburgh’s School of
Education Applied Developmental Psychology Department, The University Club,
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
Knoll, D. (March, 2010; March, 2009). Autism: One Piece at a Time. Presentation
for IL 2500, Foundations of Special Education (G. Zimmerman: Instructor), University
of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
Knoll, D. (January, 2010). Early Intervention. Presentation for IL 2500, Foundations
of Special Education (G. Zimmerman: Instructor), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh,
PA.
Kaczmarek, L., Kabashi, L. and Knoll, D. (October, 2009). An Empirically-Based
Revision of an Early Intervention Autism Specialization Personnel Preparation
Program. Poster Presentation at the 2009 Council for Exceptional Children: Division
for Early Childhood Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
Kaczmarek, L. and Knoll, D. (July, 2009). Value of Digital Video Supervision and
Mastery of Target Objectives in Practicum Students in an Autism Specialization
Program. Poster Presentation at the 2009 US Department of Education: Office of
Special Education Programs Project Director’s Conference, Washington, D.C.
Kaczmarek, L. and Knoll, D. (October, 2008). A Content Analysis of Practicum
Target Objectives. Poster Presentation at the 2008 Council for Exceptional Children:
Division for Early Childhood Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Kaczmarek, L. and Knoll, D. (July, 2008). A Content Analysis of Practicum Target
Objectives. Poster Presentation at the 2008 US Department of Education: Office of
Special Education Programs Project Director’s Conference, Washington, D.C.
Kaczmarek, L. and Knoll, D. (October, 2007). Video Supervision of Practicum
Students in an Autism Specialization Program. Poster Presentation at the 2007
Council for Exceptional Children: Division for Early Childhood Conference, Niagara
Falls, Canada.
Kaczmarek, L. and Knoll, D. (July, 2007). Using Video in the Supervision of Students
Working with Children with Autism. Poster Presentation at the 2007 US Department
of Education: Office of Special Education Programs Project Director’s Conference,
Washington, D.C.
Knoll, D. (October, 2006). Autism: One Piece at a Time. Presented during inservice
training for the Dubois Area School District faculty and staff. Training sponsored by
ABOARD (Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders), Dubois, PA.
Coffaro, A. and Knoll, D. (February, 2004). Creating the Ultimate IEP. Presented at
a Specialized Saturday Seminar for ABOARD (Advisory Board on Autism and
Related Disorders), Pittsburgh, PA.
Knoll, D. (October, 2003 – March, 2004). Challenging Behaviors and Writing a
Behavior Plan. Presented during the Shaler Area School District Autism Training
Program by ABOARD (Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders), Pittsburgh,
PA.
Hladio, J. and Knoll, D. (October, 2003). Working with Families Around Sensitive
Issues. Presented at an Allegheny County, PA Early Intervention Inservice Training,
Pittsburgh, PA.
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Knoll, D. and Kaczmarek, L. (December, 2002). Extending Interdisciplinary
Perspectives through Technology. Presented at the 2002 Annual International
Division for Early Childhood Conference, San Diego, CA.
Kaczmarek, L. and Knoll, D. (December, 2002). Teaching Inclusive Practices
through Video-Enhanced Simulations. Presented at the 2002 Annual International
Division for Early Childhood Conference, San Diego, CA.
Kaczmarek, L. and Knoll, D. (October, 2002). Family-Guided Routines-Based Early
Intervention. Presented at Beginnings Home-based Services In-service, Johnstown,
PA.
Knoll, D. (February, 2002). Assessment Basics. Presented at the Beaver County
Local Interagency Coordinating Council meeting, Rochester, PA.
Kaczmarek, L. and Knoll, D. (February, 2002). Video-Based Assignments in Early
Intervention Personnel Preparation: A Student Evaluation Strategy. Presented at the
OSEP Personnel Preparation/SIF/CSPD Conference, Arlington, VA.
Tepe, J., Kaczmarek, L., Knoll, D., and Parker, S. (December, 2001). Strategies for
Developing and Using Video in Personnel Preparation. Presented at the 2001
Annual International Division for Early Childhood Conference, Boston, MA.
 CONSULTING/BOARD MEMBERSHIP
Allegheny County Department of Human Services: Allegheny County Children’s
Cabinet (November, 2007 to present).
 SERVICE
Academic Advisor: Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority (University of Pittsburgh chapter)
(January, 2012 to present).
 PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP
Advisory Board on Autism and Related Developmental Disorders (ABOARD)
Association for Positive Behavioral Supports
The Autism Society of America
The Council for Exceptional Children (Division for Early Childhood, Division for
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities)
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