Nicole Adams

Nicole B. Adams
Assistant Professor
Department of Special Education, Early Childhood & Prevention Science
Room 145 - College of Education and Human Development
Office: 502-852-6421

Nicole Adams's curriculum vitae [PDF]

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Special Education, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2021
  • M.Ed., Early Childhood Special Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2010
  • B.A., Psychology, University of North Carolina, Asheville, NC 2004

Research Experience

  • Project Coordinator - Special educators’ use of culturally responsive family-professional partnership practices with refugee families: National multiple methods research project [internally funded]. PIs: Nikki Adams & Dr. Amy Santos, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC) [2020-2021]
  • Graduate Research Assistant - Research on Academic eMpowerment of Students (RAMS) Lab. PIs: Drs. Chin Chih Chen and Yaoying Xu, Virginia Commonwealth University [2020-2020].
  • Research Mentor - James Scholar Undergraduate Research Mentor, Juliana Friedland, Morgan Kang, Emilie Peterson, Special educators’ use of culturally responsive family-professional partnership practices with refugee families, UIUC [Spring 2021]

Educational Honors and Awards

  • Fellowship, Project Family Individualization, Mobility, Poverty, Adversity, Culture and Trauma (IMPACT): Federally funded personnel leadership grant, UIUC [2017-2021]
  • Hardie Dissertation Award ($1,617), College of Education, UIUC [2021]
  • Literacy for All, Venable Elementary School PTO ($375), Charlottesville City Schools [2017].
  • Number Ninjas Pre-Kindergarten Grant, Edgar and Eleanor Shannon Foundation for Excellence in Public Education: Charlottesville/Albemarle ($5000), Charlottesville City Schools [2015-2016].
  • Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) Division of Early Childhood (DEC) Leadership Cohort [2020-2021]


  • McGuire, S. N., Folkerts, R., Meadan, H., Adams, N. B., Lee, J., & Kaza, M. (Accepted). Cross cultural caregiver perceptions of challenging behaviors and responses. Early Childhood Education Journal
  • Adams, N. B., & Santos, R. M. (2021). A call for more support for refugee families and their children with disabilities. Exceptionality, 1-15.
  • Adams, N. B., & Santos, R. M. (2021). Resettlement education case managers’ roles supporting refugee families with children with disabilities. Journal of Special Education,00(0), 1-10.
  • Braun, M. T., Adams, N. B., O’Grady, C. E., & Miller, D. L. (2020). An exploration of physical restraints used in youth mental health residential treatment facilities. Children and Youth Services Review, 110.