Biography

Beverly Barkon holds a PhD from Northwestern University in communication disorders, field of learning disabilities, a master of studies in law (MSL) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in the fields of education and disability law, and an MA in communication studies from the University of Kansas. She has been a faculty member in the school of education program in Special Education since 2002 and currently holds the rank of professor.  Her courses include the topics of inclusion, teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities, school law, assessment and transition to adulthood for individuals with disabilities at both graduate and undergraduate levels. She is currently developing and teaching a number of special education courses for the online environment.

Dr. Barkon served as the educational liaison in the pediatric neuro-oncology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh from 2001-2002 and remains an adjunct member of the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. She is an advocate for transition issues for survivors of pediatric brain tumors and other cancers. 

Prior to her appointment to the faculty at Carlow University, Dr. Barkon was a professor in the department of special education at New Jersey City University where she was the director of the learning disabilities teacher consultant master’s program and a faculty member of Project Mentor, a support program for college students with learning disabilities. Dr. Barkon holds National Certification for Educational Diagnosticians (NCED) and New Jersey certification as a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant in addition to certification as a special educator.  She served as a member of the NCED board of directors from 2008-2011.  She was the editor in chief of The Learning Consultant Journal, a publication of the Association of Learning Consultants in New Jersey from 1995-2009, where she remains a reviewer.  She has been a lead program reviewer for Council for Exceptional Children/ National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (CEC/NCATE) since 1994.

Dr. Barkon has presented at the Council for Exceptional Children International Conventions, Conferences for Teacher Education Division of Council for Exceptional Children, the Council for Educational Diagnostic Services and numerous other local, state,  national and international meetings. 

Dr. Barkon has a number of publications that represent the range of her research interests, including support for college students with learning disabilities, educational needs of survivors of pediatric brain tumors and investigation of ePortfolio options.  Her current research interests include designing support for students with disabilities in Jewish Day Schools and designing transition support for survivors of pediatric cancers.