Dr. Reed has worked in the field of education since 1973. During this time she has been a special education teacher, college professor, Director of Teacher Education and University Dean. She currently serves as a Senior Core Faculty Member for the MSED program. She is active in the Council for Exceptional Children and serves on the State of Illinois CEC ITED board. During 2020-2021, she will serve her second term as the ITED State President Immediate Past President and representative to ICEC for ITED. Dr. Reed is a member of foundation and organization boards that provide funding and support for individuals with developmental delays. Her research interests include topics related to special education teacher education, transition, higher education leadership, and the use of simulation experiences with live interaction avatars to facilitate skills acquisition.