Grace Lappin

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Ph.D. Education

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.

Courses Taught

EDUC 8800 - Research


PhD, Columbia University

MEd, Columbia University

MPhil, Columbia University

MA, New York University

Public Service

Hope Foundation for Autism Awareness, Board of Directors - Providenciales

Awards / Honors

New Investigator Award, World Association for Infa, , 2006


Lappin, G. (2007). International Perspectives on Multiculturalism and Disability Education: Voices from the Field. Journal of International Conference on Children’s Rights and Education in the 21st Century.


Lappin, G., White-Clarke, R. (2007). Diversity training, educational equity, and teacher preparation programs: The promise of multiculturalism.