Pamela Wruble, Ph.D.
Visiting Clinical Instructor
Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, Special Education Program
M.S. Instructional Leadership, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh PA
B.A. Special Education & Elementary Education, Mercyhurst University, Erie PA
Currently in the last stages of the dissertation process, hoping to defend sometime this fall. Dissertation focuses on “School-Based Referrals to the Juvenile Court: Prevalence and Characteristics in Several States” Investigated school-based referrals to the juvenile courts as an element of the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Examined the likelihood of school-based juvenile court referrals and rate of dismissal of these referrals in several states using race and special education status as predictors.
Pamela started as a Special Education teacher in Pittsburgh PA specializing in Emotional and Behavior Disorders (EBD). By the end of her teaching tenure, Pamela was also teaching students with Autism, learning disabilities, and specific reading disabilities. While teaching she earned her M.S. in Instructional Leadership.
In 2012 Pamela decided to attend the University of Maryland, College Park to obtain her Ph.D as she noticed many issues in the education setting that she felt she could not address and/or advocate for within the walls of the classroom. Pamela is currently in the last stages of her doctorate and hopes to defend in the next few months.
Pamela’s dissertation focuses on her research study titled “School-Based Referrals to the Juvenile Court: Prevalence and Characteristics in Several States” which investigates school-based referrals to the juvenile courts as an element of the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The study is also examining the likelihood of school-based juvenile court referrals and the outcome of the cases using race and special education status as predictors. Pamela is also participating in an investigative report describing and evaluating current Correctional Education Programs for incarcerated adults in the state of Maryland.
Pamela worked at the University of Maryland, College Park while earning her PhD. At Maryland she taught and supervised pre-service elementary and secondary special education teachers. Pamela also taught a Disability Course which was part of the University’s undergraduate general education curriculum.
Pamela has been an active member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) since 2002 and is currently an executive board member for Maryland’s state chapter of CEC where she is the Membership Chair.
Graduate teaching at the University of Maryland (2012-2015); Pre-service teacher supervisor, University of Maryland (2013-2015); 6 years as a secondary Emotional Support Teacher, Pittsburgh PA (2006-2012).
Research and Teaching Interests
Emotional and Behavior Disorders, Behavior Management, Juvenile Justice, Teacher Education, Disability Studies
Membership Chair, Council for Exceptional Children- Maryland (2014-Present), Council for Exceptional Children (2003-Present), Council for Children with Behavior Disorders (2007-Present), Patient and Family Advisory Council, John Hopkins Hospital (2015).
“Class Action Litigation Involving Special Education Claims for Youth in Juvenile Facilities” at the Teacher Educators for Children with Behavior Disorders Conference (2014); “Creating Curriculum Aligned Token Economies to Enhance Literacy Engagement” at the Maryland Council for Exceptional Children Success in Literacy for Students with Disabilities Conference (2015).
“Class Action Litigation Involving Special Education Claims for Youth in Juvenile Facilities”, Education and Treatment of Children, in press.