Kathy Ratliffe

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Kathy Ratliffe is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Hawai‘i. She graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Religion in 1978, obtained her Master’s degree at Stanford University in Physical Therapy in 1985 and her PhD from the University of Hawai‘i in Educational Psychology in 1999. She is a licensed physical therapist in Hawaii with a specialty in working with children with disabilities at home and in educational settings. She has been teaching across the Pacific since 1990, and has developed the Related Services Assistant program, teaching educators to support the related services needs of children with disabilities in the Pacific Islands. This is a 30-credit program that has been taught through five community college systems in the islands, and is currently being taught in Chuuk State of the Federated States of Micronesia, anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2012. She also teaches educational psychology at the University of Hawai‘i during the academic year, focusing on teacher education and learning theory. Her research interests include indigenous and immigrant education; family, school and community partnerships; children with disabilities; and culture and education.