Elizabeth Ducy

Associate Professor

Elizabeth Ducy
Elizabeth Ducy




Stevenson 2015
Available By Appointment Only

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. 

  • 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, Special Education


  • 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

Ducy, E. M., & Stough, L. M. (2021). Psychological effects of the 2017 California wildfires on children and youth with disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 114, 103981, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2021.103981

Ducy, E.M. & Stough, L.M. (2021). Educational experiences of children and youth with disabilities impacted by wildfires. Disaster Prevention and Management, 30 (3), pp. 279-292, https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/DPM-10-2020-0310/ful...

Ducy, E.M. (2021, Spring). Ashes to ashes: Wildfire needs still urgent. Impact: Feature Issue on Crisis Management for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities. https://publications.ici.umn.edu/impact/34-1/ashes-to-ashes
Winges-Yanez, N.,  Ducy, E.M., Gray, L. (2021, Spring). Understanding the psychological aspects of disaster and trauma. Impact: Feature Issue on Crisis Management for People with Intellectual, Developmental, and Other Disabilities. https://publications.ici.umn.edu/impact/34-1/understanding-the-psycholog...

Ducy, E.M. (2021, March). Learning to be a special education teacher during disruption: Wildfire and Covid-19. Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) annual conference

Ducy, E.M. (2021, January). “I feel really sad. I feel sad about my house:” Emotional reactions of youth with developmental disabilities impacted by wildfires. DADD-CEC annual conference. 

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.