Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Grace Lappin completed her doctoral studies at Columbia University. Her dissertation was awarded the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments (CEC-DV I) Dissertation of the Year Award in 2003. She was certified by CEC as a Professionally Recognized Special Educator and Clinical Diagnostician, by the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) as an Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI) and by Foundations for Healthy Family Living (FHFL) as an Instructor of Infant Massage Practice (CIIM). She has written and presented internationally on many subject areas including early childhood typical and atypical development, blindness, family literacy, teachers' perceptions of diversity and multiculturalism, attachment formation in infants with exceptionalities, infant massage, and cross-cultural analysis of caregiver interactions. Dr. Lappin has taught in traditional universities in both undergraduate and graduate-level programs, as well as non-traditional, and on-line programs. In her private practice she addresses issues of child development, attachment, family and sibling support, and developmental variations. Dr. Lappin is also a member of the Board of Directors and an Educational Consultant for The Hope Foundation for Autism Awareness. She is very pleased to continue her work with Walden University as a doctoral faculty mentor and course instructor.