Corina Gilden

Expected Graduation: 2019

  • Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship

Specialization(s):

Early Childhood Education

Research Interest(s)

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

Advisor(s):

  • Steve Eidelman

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 Studies, 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 eight-year-old 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

  • Recently completed a pre-doctoral thesis investigating the impact of parent observation of their children with disabilities in school
  • Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, “Starting at Home: Incorporating a parent-child interaction intervention into Early Head Start home visiting;” 2015-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-present)
  • National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities; assists in data analysis, development of reports, and articles (2016-present)

Recent Publications

  • Gilden, C. (in preparation). Enhancing the IEP team: Mothers’ in-school observations of their children with disabilities
  • Ye, A., Cutler, L, Gilden, C., Xie, Y., Yun, Y., Gaviria, J. (in preparation). Investigating the bidirectional relationship between home environment and student achievement: A cross-lagged longitudinal analysis

Recent Presentations

  • Gilden, C. (2017, April) 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
  • 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

  • Instructor, HDFS 167 Self-Discovery and College Success, Summer 2017
  • Member of the Parent Information Center of Delaware Board of Directors, 2016-present
  • 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-present
  • Coalition Coordinator 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

  • 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.

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