Edlyn Vallejo Peña, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership

Profile

Dr. Peña earned her Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Higher Education in 2007 from the University of Southern California (USC).  After teaching graduate level courses at USC for several years, Dr. Peña joined the California Lutheran University (CLU) faculty in 2009. As an Associate Professor in Higher Education Leadership at CLU, Dr. Peña teaches a number of research methods and content courses in the area of higher education.  She also chairs dissertations for Doctor of Education students.  Her research currently focuses on social justice issues for students with disabilities, particularly autism, in the preschool through higher education pipeline.

Please visit www.edlynpena.com for more information on research and resources.

 

 

Education
  • Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Southern California
  • M.Ed. in Postsecondary Education and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California
  • B.A. in Psychology with Highest honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz
Expertise
  • College students with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities
  • Inclusion and communication needs of P-20 students with autism
  • Equitable educational outcomes for college students
Publications

Select Publications

  • Brown, K., Peña, E.V.,  & Rankin, S. (in press, 2017).  Unwanted sexual contact: Students with autism and other disabilities at greater risk.  Journal of College Student Development.
  • Austin, K. & Peña, E.V.  (in press, 2017).  Exceptional faculty members who responsively teach students with autism spectrum disorders.  Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability.
  • Brennan, E. & Peña, E.V.  (in press, 2016).  Autism, inclusion, and communication in higher education.  Developments.
  • Peña, E.V., Stapleton, L. D., Schaffer, L.M. (2016). Diverse and critical perspectives on disability identity.  In E.S. Abes (Ed.).  Diverse and Critical Perspectives on Student Development Theory. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Peña, E.V. (2016). Review:Allies for Inclusion: Disability and Equity in Higher Education.  Review of Higher Education.
  • Spence, M. & Peña, E.V. (2015).  Intersections of autism, race, and class: A new social justice agenda for inclusive leadership practices.  In K. Esposito & A. Normore (Eds.) Inclusive Practices for Special Populations in Urban Settings: The Moral Imperative for Social Justice Leadership.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Peña, E.V.  (2014). Marginalization of published scholarship on students with disabilities in journals of higher education.  Journal of College Student Development, 55(1), 30-40.
  • Peña, E.V. & Kocur, J. (2013). Parenting experiences in supporting the transition of students with autism spectrum disorders into community college.  Journal of Applied Research in Community Colleges, 20(2), 5-12.
  • Peña, E.V. (2012).  Review: Disability and Campus Dynamics: New Directions for Higher EducationJournal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 25(2), 203-205.

 

Select Conference Presentations

 

  • *Spence, M. & Peña, E.V. (2016).  Intersections of Autism, Race, and Class: A Social Justice Agenda for Inclusive Leadership Practices.  Symposium paper presented at American Education Research Association (AERA). Washington, D.C.
  • Stapleton, L., Brown, K. Kimball, E., Peña, E.V., Rankin, S. Wells, R., Milam, C. & Bittinger, J. (2015).  High School Through College: Academic Climates and Students with Disabilities.  Paper presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). Denver, CO.
  • Broido, E., Brown, K., Peña, E.V. Rankin, S., Stapleton, L, & Stygles, K., (2015).  Understanding and Researching Disability in Higher Education: Emerging Perspectives.  Paper presented at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Tampa, FL.
  • Broido, E., Brown, K., Peña, E.V., Rankin, S., Stapleton, L., & Stygles, K. (2014).  Researching Disability in Higher Education: Emerging Perspectives. Paper presented at Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).  Washington, D.C.
  • *Austin, K. & Peña, E.V. (2014).  Leaders in Support: College Faculty who Responsively Teach and Advise Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Paper presented at Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).  Washington, D.C.
  • Peña, E. V. & Peña, D. A. (2014).  Inspiring and Transforming Colleges Toward Inclusion of Students with Autism.  Invited session presented at NASPA Western Region Conference.  Anaheim, CA.
  • Kocur, J. & Peña, E.V. (2014).  Parents’ Perceptions of Challenging College Skills for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Association (WPA). Portland, OR.
  • Kocur, J. & Peña, E.V. (2013). Parents’ Experiences in the Transition of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders to College.  Poster presented at the American Psychological Association (APA).  Honolulu, HI.
  • Peña, E.V., Cirino-Paez, V., & Peña, D. (2013). Brainstorming Effective Programs to Support Students with Autism.  Roundtable presented at NASPA.  Orlando, FL.
  • Peña, E.V. (2012).  Uncovering the Invisibility of Published Scholarship on Students with Disabilities in Top-Tier Higher Education Journals. Paper presented at Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).  Las Vegas, NV.
  • *Sorter, B. & Peña, E.V. (2012).  A Qualitative Case Study Exploring the Academic and Social Experiences of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder on Their Transition Into and Persistence at a Four-Year Public University.  Paper presented at Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).  Las Vegas, NV. 
  • Peña, E.V., Peña, D.A., & Cirino-Paez, V. (2012). Strategies to Promote Inclusion of and Awareness about Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Social Justice Conference, California State University, Channel Islands.
  • Peña, E.V. (2011). The Marginalization of Published Scholarship on Students with Disabilities in Higher Education Journals.  Paper presented at American Education Research Association (AERA).  New Orleans, LA.
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