Elizabeth Ducy

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Ducy
Elizabeth Ducy

Office Hours

13:00-14:00 and by appointment

Dr. Ducy is an Assistant Professor in Special Education and the advisor for the Preliminary Education Specialist and the Early Childhood Special Education-Added Authorization. Her professional interest focuses on equitable educational, emotional, and social access for children with disabilities and their families. Dr. Ducy has diversified professional experience within the field of disability, including as a special education teacher for students aged 3-15 and as a program manager for Project REDD (Research and Education on Disability and Disaster), a project affiliated with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

  • Ph.D. Texas A&M University, Educational Psychology
  • M.Ed. Texas A&M University, Special Education
  • BS University of Texas at Austin, Applied Learning and Development


  • California Education Specialist with M/S Specialization
  • California Early Childhood Special Education-Added Authorization
  • California Multiple Subjects Credential


TASH Alice H. Hayden Emerging Researcher Award for demonstrated potential for leadership in teaching, scholarship, and service on behalf of people with significant disabilities, 35th Annual TASH Conference, Denver CO, 2010

Academic Interests
  • Grief, loss and trauma in individuals with developmental disabilities, with a specific focus on the disproportionate impact of disaster on children with disabilities 
  • Mental health of students with disabilities
  • Trauma sensitive teaching  
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Preschool Inclusion
  • EDSP 430: Introduction to Special Education
  • EDSP 432: Young Children with Special Needs
  • EDSP 460: Teaching Event Seminar
  • EDSP 481: Intern Seminar
  • EDSP 590: Special Topic
  • EDSP 522: Family partnerships in ECSE
Selected Publications & Presentations

Stough, L. M., Ducy, E. M., Kang, D., & Lee, S. (2020). Disasters, schools, and children: disability at the intersection. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 45, e101447-e101447.

Stough, L.M. & Ducy, E.M. (2019). Evacuating under fire: Children with special health needs in disaster. Research Counts Children and Disasters Special Collection. Boulder, CO. Natural Hazards Center. 

Ducy, E.M., & Stough, L. M. (2018). Teacher perspectives on grief among children with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 23(2), 159-175.

Stough, L.M., Ducy, E.M., & Holt, J. M. (2017). Changes in the social relationships of individuals with disabilities displaced by disaster. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 24, 474-481.

Stough, L.M., Ducy, E.M., & Kang, D. (2017). Addressing the needs of children with disabilities experiencing disaster or terrorism. Current psychiatry reports,19(4), 24

Stough, L. M., and Ducy, E.M (2014). Disaster and disabilities. In C. R. Reynolds , K.J. Vannest, & E. Fletcher-Janzen, (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Special Education (4th edition). New York:  John Wiley & Sons.

Ducy E.M., Stough, L.M., & Clark, M.C. (2012) Choosing agency in the midst of vulnerability:  Using critical disability theory to examine a disaster narrative. In S. Steinberg, & G. Canella (Eds.), Critical Pedagogy Research Reader. New York: Peter Lang.