Corina Gilden

Expected Graduation: 2019

  • Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship
  • Spark! Initative National Survey Grant, 2018

Specialization(s):

Early Childhood Education

Research Interest(s)

Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, IEP Process, Parenting, Special Education

Advisor(s):

  • Steve Eidelman, Advisor

Corina Gilden

Corina (Cory) Gilden graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English in 2000 from the University of Delaware, where she returned to earn her master’s degree in Education in 2006. Currently working on a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences, Cory’s studies focus on relationships between families and schools, with a particular concentration on families with children in special education. Her current work centered around parent participation on the IEP team is inspired by her school-age son, Casey, who has autism. Cory has been an elementary school educator, coalition director, journalist, curriculum writer, and parent mentor. She works closely with organizations such as the Parent Information Center of Delaware, Talk About Curing Autism, and Autism Delaware promoting awareness and advocacy for people with disabilities.

Research Projects

  • National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, “Investigating catalysts and barriers to self-directed service delivery for adults with disabilities,” 2018
  • National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, Longitudinal study evaluating the impact of the National Leadership Institutes, 2016-present
  • North Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council Supported Living Grant through Vaya Health, 2017-present
  • New Directions Early Head Start Program, “The Family Map Inventory: Assessing needs and strengths of home- and school-based Early Head Start families,” 2016-2017
  • Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, “Starting at Home: Incorporating a parent-child interaction intervention into Early Head Start home visiting,” 2015-2017
  • Upon entry into the program, completed a pre-doctoral thesis investigating the impact of parent observation of their children with disabilities in school

Recent Publications

  • Gilden, C. (in review). Enhancing the IEP team: Mothers’ in-school observations of their children with disabilities
  • Liu, C., Penn, M. L, Wang, M., & Gilden, C. (in review). Influence of cultural values on attitudes toward corporal punishment in Beijing, China
  • Ye, A., Cutler, L, Gilden, C., Xie, Y., Yun, Y. (in preparation). Investigating the bidirectional relationship between home environment and student achievement: A cross-lagged longitudinal analysis

Trade Publications

  • Gilden, C. (2017, July) Talk to your child early and often about human sexuality. The Sun, Statewide Newsletter of Autism Delaware
  • Gilden, C. (2016, July) Teaching your child’s classroom about autism. The Sun, Statewide Newsletter of Autism Delaware
  • Gilden, C. (2016, January) Participating in Research. The Sun, Statewide Newsletter of Autism Delaware

Recent Presentations

  • Gilden, C. & Bailey, C. (2018, July) Advancing leadership of organizations that provide services and supports for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Presentation at 2018 ARC National Convention, Philadelphia, PA
  • Gilden, C. (2018, June) Parents’ in-school observation of their children with disabilities: cultivating trust and belonging on the IEP team. Poster Presentation at 2018 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO
  • Gilden, C. (2018, June) Leadership as a catalyst for change: How focusing on leadership supports transformation. Presentation at 2018 American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO
  • Gilden, C. (2018, April) Enhancing the IEP Team: Mothers’ in-school observatinos of their children with disabilities. Roundtable Presentation at 2018 AERA Annual Meeting, New York, NY
  • Gilden, C. (2017, April) Enhancing the IEP team: Mothers’ in-school observations of their children with disabilities. Paper Presentation at 7th Annual Graduate Research Forum, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Ye, A., Cutler, L, Gilden, C., Xie, Y., Yun, Y., Gaviria, J. (2017, April). Investigating the bidirectional relationship between home environment and student achievement: A cross-lagged longitudinal analysis. Poster Presentation at 2017 AERA Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX
  • Gilden, C. (2016, September) Enhancing the IEP team: Mothers’ in-school observations of their children with disabilities. Paper Presentation at Partners in Policy Making Training, DE Developmental Disabilities Council, Dover, DE
  • Gilden, C. (2016, June) Catching a glimpse: In-school parent observations of children with disabilities. Presentation at 6th Annual Cross University Collaborative Mentoring Conference, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • Gilden, C. (2016, April) Catching a glimpse: In-school parent observations of children with disabilities. Poster Presentation at Sixth Annual Graduate Research Forum, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Professional Experience

  • Graduate Research Assistant, National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, 2017-present
  • Instructor, HDFS 201 Life Span Development, Summer 2018
  • Instructor, HDFS 167 Self-Discovery and College Success, Summer 2017
  • Member of the Parent Information Center of Delaware Board of Directors, 2016-2018
  • Guest Lecturer
    • HDFS 402 Child and Family Policy, 2016-present
    • HDFS 470 Families and Children at Risk, 2016-present
    • EDUC 651 Diversity and Family School Collaboration, Spring 2017
  • Instructor, HDFS 270 Families and Developmental Disabilities, Summer 2016
  • Graduate Assistant, New Directions Early Head Start, 2015-2017
  • Intern, Parent Information Center of Delaware, 2016
  • Coalition Director and Prevention Specialist, The Southwest Council, Inc., 2012-2015 and 2006-2007
  • Curriculum Writer, American Reading Company, 2007-2008
  • Editorial Assistant, Journal of Special Education, 2003-2005

Honors & Awards

  • Lynn R. Okagaki Graduate Tuition Scholarship in Human Development, University of Delaware, $30,000, 2018-2019
  • Professional Development Award, Office of Graduate and Professional Education, University of Delaware, $1,000, 2018
  • Spark! Initiative National Survey Grant, UnitedHealth Group, $50,000, 2018.
  • Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship, $1,000, 2017-2018.
  • Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship, $1,000, 2016-2017.
    Awarded by Autism Delaware to select students who are pursuing a career that has a special interest in people with autism spectrum disorder.

Professional Memberships

Past Education

  • M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Delaware, 2005
  • Elementary Education Teaching Certification, University of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • B.A. Journalism, University of Delaware, 2000