Anne Spillane Ph.D.

SCHOOL OF Education

Anne Spillane, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Special Education (Credential, Master’s), School Psychology, School Counseling and Master of Arts in Education/Associate Professor


Special Education

Dr. Spillane has worked as full time faculty in the SOE, in the Special Education program at UMass Global since 2012.  She received her Ph.D. in Intellectual Disabilities & Autism from Columbia University in 2006.  Prior to earning her Ph.D. she taught students with moderate/severe disabilities in public and private schools for over a decade.   As a special education teacher, she included students with severe disabilities into the general education environment at the elementary, middle, and high school level. 


  • Special Education
  • Education


Columbia University
Ph.D. in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism, 2006
Dissertation: The relative effectiveness of two approaches to abuse prevention for individuals with moderate to severe disabilities

University of California at Santa Barbara
M.A. in Education, 1991
Severely Handicapped Teaching Credential

Simmons College
B.A. in Elementary Education, 1987
Elementary Education Teaching Credential

Scholarly Activities

2013 - Board of Institutional Reviewers, CCTC
2015 - Project Cornerstone – School Lead
2016 - International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability & Developmental Disabilities: Presenter

Professional Experiences

University of Massachusetts Global, 2012
Assistant Professor of Special Education

National University, 2006
Assistant Professor of Special Education 

Ivy Ranch Elementary School, 1997
Special Education Teacher, SDC for Severe Disabilities
Oceanside, CA

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