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Professor DeHaas joined Juniata in 1997 after completing her work as an associate professor of special education at the University of Northern Colorado. She earned a Ph.D. in special education and human development and family studies from Penn State University, M.Ed. in special education/educational leadership from Providence College, and her B.S. in special and elementary education from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. DeHaas teaches Adolescent Development, Assessment in Special Education, Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders, Differentiated Instruction, Adaptations for Students with Exceptionalities, and Issues in Special Education.

Her interests focus on pedagogy for both general and special education teacher candidates related to working effectively with students with diverse needs. She is also interested in the impact of disabilities on the social and emotional development of young girls. Dr. DeHaas has published numerous articles and book chapters and has given many professional presentations.

Professor DeHaas is certified to teach elementary education and special education in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. She holds Director of Special Education and Elementary Principal certificates in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.