With origins in Louisiana, Karen obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Her introduction to Special Education came from her early work as a member of a diagnostic team and her work in early intervention. A Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill formalized Karen's focus and specialty in the field of Special Education. She has been a part of the IHD/AzUCD efforts in the field of disabilities since 1978, currently devoting half of her time to the position of Preservice Coordinator. Karen has held a faculty position with the College of Education since 1995, currently as Associate Professor. Topics that she teaches include special education, early childhood special education, low incidence disabilities, and interdisciplinary approaches in developmental disabilities. Her research interests focus on early childhood special education and cultural issues in special education. Karen directs the Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies program, UAP/IHD Trainees, Project ImpACT, a Low Incidence Personnel Prep Program, and Interdisciplinary Field Placements. Other activities in which Karen is actively involved include creating other certificate programs, guest lectures, curriculum development, formalizing curriculum, implementation of curriculum, supervision of training activities, grant writing, and research.
Office Number: 165/CEE
Phone Number: 928-523-9276
Email Address: Karen.Applequist@nau.edu
Projects: Arizona University Center on Disabilities
Improving Arizona's Capability to Teach
Interdisciplinary Certificate in Disability Policy and Practice