Meet the Team
Associate Professor, Higher Education Leadership
Director of Doctoral Studies
Director and Co-Founder of the Autism and Communication Center
Office: SBET 211
Phone: (805) 493-3021
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 faculty in 2009. As an Associate Professor in Higher Education Leadership at Cal Lutheran, her research currently focuses on social justice issues for students with disabilities, particularly autism, in the preschool through higher education pipeline. Dr. Peña is a Founding Co-Director of the Autism and Communication Center at California Lutheran University.
Coordinator of Professional Development
Office: SBET 227
Phone: (805) 493-3087
Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education
Director of Special Education Programs
Co-Founder of the Autism and Communication Center
Office: SBET 108
Phone: (805) 493-3687
Dr. Brennan earned her Ph.D. in Special Education in 1997 from Kent State University. Dr. Brennan joined the California Lutheran University faculty in 2011 as an Associate Professor. She currently serves as Associate Dean and Director of Special Education Programs in the Graduate School of Education. Dr. Brennan has worked in supervision and research at Family Child Learning Center in Ohio (a collaborative of Kent State University and Akron Children’s Hospital), as a site coordinator (San Francisco State University) with the Early Childhood Research Institute on Inclusion, and as the Special Education Program Director at Saint Mary’s College of California. Dr. Brennan is a Founding Co-Director of the Autism and Communication Center at California Lutheran University.