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Shireen Pavri

Shireen Pavri, Ph.D. is Dean of the College of Education and Professor of Special Education at California State University, Long Beach. She served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Education from 2008- 2015. She has coordinated the Education Specialist Preliminary and Intern Credential programs and the Master of Science program in Special Education at CSULB. As the CSULB lead to the CEEDAR Center at the University of Florida, she guided a faculty team in the development of the Urban Dual Credential Program that prepares teachers to work in a multi-tiered system of support framework with all learners in K-8 schools. She recently led the development of an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in Applied Disability Studies.

Dr. Pavri’s expertise and research interests are in the areas of preparing teachers to facilitate the social and emotional functioning of all students including students with disabilities, and the effective assessment of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She is interested in promoting clinical models for educator preparation and has assisted several local school districts in implementing a Response to Intervention model. She has published and presented widely on these topics, with over 50 scholarly presentations and 30 scholarly publications. She has also served as Principal Investigator on 10 federal, state, and foundation grants.  

Dr. Pavri brings an international perspective having taught in cross-categorical and multilingual special education programs, and provided remedial and consultation services to students with learning disabilities and their families in Mumbai, India. She earned her Masters and Education Specialist degrees in School Psychology from Miami University and her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


Ph.D. , University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign , 1999

Ed.S. in School Psychology , Miami University, OH , 1995

M.S. in School Psychology , Miami University, OH , 1993

M.Ed. in Special Education , SNDT Women's University, Mumbai, India , 1992

Professional Licenses and Credentials

School Psychology credential (1995, Ohio)

Special Education credential - Specialization in Learning Disabilities (1992, Mumbai, India)

Research Interests

  • Social and emotional functioning of students with mild/moderate disabilities
  • Loneliness, bullying, friendships, social support
  • Assessment and intervention techniques for culturally and linguistically diverse learners 

Representative Publications

Books and Book Chapters:

Pavri, S. (2016). Relationship between peer victimization and loneliness in children and youth: Promising approaches. In A. Rokach (Ed.). Loneliness and Its Correlates. Bentham Science Publishers.

Pavri, S. (2016). Restorative Practices. In Luanna Meyer (Ed.). Oxford Bibliographies in Education. New York: Oxford University Press.

Pavri, S. (2015).  Loneliness Interventions in Students with Disabilities. In A. Rokach and A. Sha’ked (Eds.), Addressing Loneliness: Coping, Prevention, and Clinical Interventions (pp. 205-217). New York, NY: Routledge.

Pavri, S. (2015). School-based loneliness in students with high incidence disabilities: Looking toward appropriate interventions. In C. Kowalski, A. Rokach, and J. Cangemi (Ed.). Loneliness in Life: Education, Business, and Society (pp. 49 – 62). Dubuque, IA: McGraw Hill.

Pavri, S. (2012). Effective assessment of students: Determining Responsiveness to Instruction. Boston, MA: Pearson Education.

Pavri, S., & Zitzer-Comfort, C. (2008). Historical and cultural perspectives of disability and special education in the United States of America. In T. Tsyrlina, N. Hansuvadha, and C. Zitzer-Comfort (Eds.). With hope for the future and faith in success: Special education in Russia and the U.S.A. Rossi Press: Kursk, Russia.

Pavri, S., & Fowler, S. (2005). Child Find, screening, and tracking: Serving culturally and linguistically diverse children and families. In S. A. Fowler, R. M. Santos, and R. M. Corso (Eds.) Appropriate screening, assessment and family information gathering (3-22). Longmont, CO: Sopris West.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

Reese, L., Richards-Tutor, C., Hansuvadha, N., Pavri, S., & Xu, S. (2018). Teachers for inclusive, diverse urban settings. Issues in Teacher Education, 27, 17 - 27.

Pavri, S. (2015). Loneliness: The Cause or Consequence of Peer Victimization in Children and Youth. Open Psychology Journal, 8, 78-84.

Pavri, S. (2010). RTI in the Social-Emotional-Behavioral Domain: Perspectives from Urban Schools. TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus,6(3) Article 4.

Richards, C., Pavri, S., Golez, F., Canges, R., & Murphy, J. (2007). Response to intervention: Building the capacity of teachers to serve students with learning difficulties. Issues in Teacher Education, 16, 55- 64. 

Pavri, S. (2006). School-based interventions to promote social and emotional competence in students with reading difficulties: Introduction to the special theme issue. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 22 (2), 99- 101.

Pavri, S. & Hegwer-DiVita, M. (2006). Meeting social and emotional needs of students with mild disabilities: The special educators' perspective. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 22 (2), 139 - 153.

Pavri, S., Bentz, J., Fleming-Bradley. J., & Corso, L. (2005). Me Amo Leer_: Reading experiences in a central Illinois summer migrant programme. Language, Culture, and Curriculum, 18 (2), 154-163.

Pavri, S. (2004). General and special education teachers' preparation needs in providing social support : A needs assessment. Teacher Education and Special Education, 27 (4), 433-443.

Pavri, S. (2001). Developmental delay or cultural difference?: Developing effective child find practices in identifying children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Young Exceptional Children, 4 (4), 2- 9.

Pavri, S. (2001). Loneliness in children with disabilities: How can teachers help? Teaching Exceptional Children, 33(6), 52 - 58.

Pavri, S., & Monda-Amaya, L. (2001). Social support in inclusive schools: Student and teacher perspectives. Exceptional Children, 63, 391 - 411.

Fleming, J., Pavri, S., Fell, D., & Bentz, J. (2001). The Tiger Quilt: Using creative activities to facilitate collaboration among youth with special needs. Reaching Today's Youth: The Community Circle of Caring Journal, 5 (2), 39 - 42.

Pavri, S., & Luftig, R. L. (2000). The social face of inclusive education: Are students with learning disabilities really included in the classroom? Preventing School Failure, 45, 8 - 14.

Bentz, J. & Pavri, S. (2000). Curriculum-based measurement in assessing bilingual students: A promising new direction. Diagnostique, 25, 229 - 248.

Pavri, S. & Monda-Amaya, L. (2000). Loneliness and students with learning disabilities in inclusive classrooms: Self-perceptions, coping strategies, and preferred interventions. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 15, 23-34.

Recent Conference Presentations:

Pavri, S., Grutzik, C., & Grace, L. (2018, March). Preparation for day one: Re-conceptualizing clinical practice in a teacher education program. Paper presented at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education annual meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Carbaugh, T., Pavri, S., & Arreygue, A. (2017, August). Cross-sector collaboration and the Long Beach Promise: Lessons Learned. Presentation at the California Promise: Pathways to Student Success conference, Sacramento, CA.

Pavri, S., Russell, S., & Sindelar, P. (2017, June). The perfect storm: Leveraging resources across the Golden State. Presentation at the CEEDAR Cross State Convening, Chicago, IL.

Sindelar, P., Richards-Tutor, C., & Pavri, S. (2016, November).  Dual credential preparation: California State University-Long Beach’s vision for equity and excellence in education. Paper presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (TED) National Conference, Lexington, KY.

Pavri, S., (2016, November). What do we know about teacher competencies and practices related to social and emotional learning? Paper presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (TED) National Conference, Lexington, KY.

Hougen, M., Pavri, S., & Larsen, L. (2016, October). Creating cross-state partnerships to transform teacher preparation. Paper presented at the California Council for Teacher Education Conference, San Diego, CA.

Pavri, S. (2016, April). Bullying and loneliness in middle school students. Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Annual International Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Hansuvadha, N. & Pavri, S. (2016, March). Teacher preparation for inclusive schools: A blended general and special education certification program. Paper presented at the California Council for Teacher Education Conference, San Jose, CA.

Courey, S., Graf, V., Pavri, S., Ricci, L., Larsen, L., & Torgerson, C. (2016, January). High leverage practices within a multi-tiered system of support and teacher preparation in special education. Paper presented at the California Educator Excellence Summit, Sacramento, CA. 

Pavri, S., & Hansuvadha, N. (2015, November). What do administrators look for when hiring beginning special educators?: Impact of the changing legal and policy landscape. Paper presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (TED) National Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Richards-Tutor, C., Pavri, S., & Hansuvadha, N. (2015, November). Development of a dual certification program: Preparing candidates to teach all students in urban settings. Paper presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (TED) National Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Pavri, S., Reese, L., & Hansuvadha, N. (2014, November). The Intersection between Competing Agendas: Developing a  Collaborative Dual Certification Program. Paper presented at the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional  Children (TED) National Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Pavri, S., Richards-Tutor, C., & Leafstedt, J. (2010, April).  Examining response to intervention: The case of one urban school. Poster presented at the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference, Nashville, TN.

Madden, K., & Pavri, S. (2010, April). The relationship between self concept and academic achievement. Poster presented at the International Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Conference, Nashville, TN.



Campus Leadership

California State University, Long Beach


2017-18  Search Committee, Vice President for University Relations and Development

2017-18  Search Committee, Vice-Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies

2016-17 Faculty Personnel Policies Council

2015- 2016 Curriculum and Education Policies Council

2015- 2016  Academic Senate

2013 - Search Committee, Associate Dean and Executive Director for International Programs

2013- Search Committee, Associate Dean of College of Engineering

2012 – 2015- University Teacher Preparation Committee

2012 - University Admissions Implementation Committee

2010 – 2015 -University Research Advisory Committee


2008 – 2015  Chair, Graduate Programs Committee 

2010- 2014 - Chair, Ad Hoc Committee on Student Success


2016 - Chair, Department Curriculum Committee

2015 - 2016 - Department Professional Review Committee


2013 – 2015 - Advisory Board, University Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

2011 – 2014- Faculty Advisor, College of Education Graduate Student Association

Leadership in Professional Associations

California Commision on Teacher Credentialing, Board of Institutional Reviewers

CSU Deans of Education, Executive Committee

Recent Service to the Profession

Member, California State Leadership Team, CEEDAR Center

Editorial Review Board, Sage Open

Consulting Editor for Insights on Learning Disabilities: From Prevailing Theories to Validated Practices an international journal published by Learning Disabilities Worldwide.

Editorial Board for journal, Reading and Writing Quarterly

Peer review panel for Teaching Exceptional Children, a practitioner journal distributed to members of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)  

Guest reviewer for the following peer reviewed journals:

  • Educational Psychology: An International Journal of Experimental Educational Psychology
  • International Journal of Disability, Development, and Education
  • Language, Culture, and Curriculum

Reviewer for Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Annual Conference Proposals - Division of Research

Current Projects

2016- 2019, Principal Investigator, Next Generation of Educators Initiative.  S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation. Total dollar amount $1,200,000

2016- 2017, Principal Investigator, Math Science Teacher Initiative. CSU Chancellors Office. Total dollar amount $180,000

2013- 2017, Principal Investigator, Project CEEDAR. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, sub-contract through California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. 

2012 - 2014, Principal Investigator: Education Specialist Preliminary Credential Program, Long Beach Cohort.  Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network. 

2011- 2014, Co-Principal Investigator: IGERT: Person Centered Technologies and Practices for Individuals with Disabilities. Division of Graduate Education, National Science Foundation. Total dollar amount: $3 million.