Amy Santos, PhD

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Amy Santos, PhD

FD Early Intervention Project LeaderUniversity of Illinois

Amy Santos, PhD

As a professor in the Department of Special Education and currently in her role as Associate Provost for Faculty Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Amy engages in professional development every day.  For over two decades, Amy has worked in various settings as a special educator, teacher educator, and researcher. Her research activities focus on understanding the unique needs and strengths of families of young children with disabilities and how best to train providers to work with families from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Her passion and commitment to strengthening the capacity of professionals and family members to support their young children has helped in her role as one of the Principal Investigators of the MFLN FDEI Concentration Area, along with Micki Ostrosky. Amy assists in planning and implementing the yearlong professional development activities offered by MFLN-FDEI, along with providing fiscal and management oversight of the project.

Especially during her busy days, Amy tries to carve out time to go on long walks for both her mental and physical health. She enjoys the challenge of Soduko. Amy especially loves to spend time with her family. Her child’s school and after-school activities keep her on her toes after work hours and on weekends!