PhD, Special Education, University of Illinois (2015)
Cohort Four Fellow

Academic Mentor
Rosa Milagros-Santos
Professor, Department of Specical Education, University of Illinois

Policy Mentor
Carol Trivette
Associate Director of Research, Center of Excellence for Early Childhood Learning and Development and Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning Early Childhood Education, East Tennessee State University

Current Institutional Affiliation
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care Systems, Early Childhood Education and Initiatives, Families and Family Systems, Home Visiting and Maltreatment Prevention, Maternal Health, Mental Health and Well-Being, Program Evaluation, Case Study Research, Content Analysis, Mixed Methods, Participatory Action Research, Infants and Toddlers, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Preschool-aged Children, Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups, Disability, Children with Disabilities


Catherine Corr, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois. Dr. Corr is interested in supporting the well-being of young children with disabilities (birth-8 years old) and their families. Dr. Corr addresses issues of maltreatment, abuse, neglect, trauma, toxic stress, and poverty in the context of early childhood special education research, policy, personnel preparation, and practice.

Prior to the University of Illinois, Dr. Corr was a Research Associate in the Department of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. Currently, she was the project coordinator for a multi-site randomized control trial examining the use of the Practiced Based Coaching model with preschool teachers to support embedded instruction practices in classrooms for children with disabilities. She has extensive experience working with infants, toddlers, and their families through her role as an infant toddler teacher and as an Early Intervention professional. Through her work as a consultant for Erikson Institute, the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, and the Early Intervention Training Program at the University of Illinois she has developed comprehensive curricula and professional development opportunities for early childhood and child welfare professionals who support vulnerable and underserved infants and toddlers.