Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
Research Associate, the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability
Research Scientist, the Center for Behavioral Education and Research
Ph.D. in Special Education, University of Oregon
M.A. in Education (Language, Literacy, and Culture), University of California, Berkeley
B.A. in English Literature, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Lombardi teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Special Education Program. She’s also the director of two online graduate certificate programs: (1) Postsecondary Disability Services and (2) Special Education Transition to Adulthood
Dr. Lombardi studies the transition from adolescence to adulthood, with a particular focus on college and career readiness (CCR) and higher education experiences of underrepresented groups, including students with disabilities. She has secured over $12 million in external funding from a range of agencies including the Institute of Educational Sciences and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. Currently, she’s the principal investigator of College and Career Readiness for Transition (CCR4T), a measurement study, an exploration study of interrelationships between college and career readiness and self-determination, and a co-PI of the Transition Assessment and Goal Generator for Middle School Students (TAGG:MS), all funded by the Institute of Educational Sciences. She was the principal investigator of the Connecticut Post-School Outcomes project from 2017-2020. From 2014-2018, she was the project coordinator of an intervention study of the EnvisionIT curriculum. In efforts to focus on diversity and disability in higher education, she had developed and facilitated workshops for college faculty focused on inclusive teaching and universally designed instruction. She’s also continued to work on the validation and refinement of the Inclusive Teaching Strategies Inventory, a measure intended for college faculty that has been used in research studies across two- and four-year colleges in the United States, Spain, Canada, Germany, and Taiwan.
Dr. Lombardi currently serves as co-editor of Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, associate editor of Exceptional Children, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Special Education and the Journal on Postsecondary Education and Disability.