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Mail Stop: 4225
Office Phone: (979) 845-8257
Other Title: Assistant Director, Center on Disability
Primary Emphasis Area: Learning Sciences
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Short Bio
Laura Stough's professional career has been spent addressing disparities in the provision of educational and social services for people with disabilities. Her current research investigates the psychological and social effects of disaster on individuals with disabilities. Dr. Stough serves as the Assistant Director of the Center on Disability and Development and is a Fellow at the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University. Dr. Stough directs Project REDD: Research and Evaluation on Disability and Disaster, which has investigated the impact of disasters, including Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike, and the Bastrop County Complex Wildfire, on individuals with disabilities. Project REDD also has conducted large scale evaluation studies of organizations that provide disaster services and produced disaster-related publications, workshops, and resources. She published "Disability and Disaster: Explorations and Exchanges" together with Dr. Ilan Kelman of University College London. The book is the first that focuses on disasters and disability and features narratives written by authors with disabilities across the globe, providing a critical analysis of assumptions about disaster vulnerability. Dr. Stough's research has been supported by research grants through the Centers for Disease Control, the Association for University Centers on Disability, the Department of Education, and the National Disability Rights Network. Dr. Stough provides leadership to the State of Texas as Chair of the Disability Task Force for the Texas Division of Emergency Management, as well as through presentations and workshops on disaster and disability throughout Texas. At the national level, Dr. Stough serves as the Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Special Interest Group for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.
Research Interests
Developmental Disabilities
Disaster and Disability
Grounded Theory Methodologies
Intellectual Disabilities
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Sweet, K., LeBlanc, J., Stough, L. M., & Sweany, N. (2019). Community building and knowledge sharing by individual with disabilities using social media. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 1-11. doi: 10.1111/jcal.12377 [5-yr IF=3.055]

2. Stough, L. M., Kang, D. & Lee, S. (2018). Seven school-related disasters: Lessons for policymakers and school personnel. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 26(100). [5-yr IF=3.138]

3. Ducy, E. M., & Stough, L. M. (2018). Teacher perspectives on grief among children with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Loss and Trauma. 10.1080/15325024.2018.1434859 [5-yr IF=1.05]

4. Stough, L. M., & North. C. S. (2018). The association of adverse mental health effects with repeated exposure to disasters. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, 30(1), 17-24

5. Stough, L. M., Ducy, E. M., & Kang, D. (2017). Addressing the needs of children with disabilities experiencing disaster or terrorism. Current Psychiatry Reports, 19(24), 1-10. doi:10.1007/s11920-017-0776-8

6. Stough, L. M., Ducy, E. M., & Holt, J. M. (2017). Changes in the social relationships of individuals with disabilities displaced by disaster. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 24, 474-481. *

7. Stough, L. M., & Kelman, I. (2017). People with disabilities and disasters. In H. Rodriguez, J. Trainor, & W. Donner (Eds.), Handbook of Disaster Research (2nd ed. pp. 225-242). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

8. Kaya, F., Stough, L. M. & Juntune, J. (2016). The effect of poverty on the verbal scores of gifted students. Educational Studies, doi:10.1080/03055698.2016.11485585. (authored with student) *

9. Kaya, F., Stough, L., & Juntune, J. (2016). Verbal and nonverbal intelligence scores within the context of poverty. Gifted Education International, 1-16. doi:10.1177/0261429416640332

10. Stough, L. M., Sharp, A. N., Decker, C., & Wilker, N. (2015). Barriers to the long term recovery of individuals with disabilities following disaster. Disasters. doi:10.1111/disa.12161

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts
No current grants/contracts
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Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Christy Roberts (Fall, 1998), Ph.D.
Amy Nelson Sharp (Fall, 2002), Ph.D.
Tina Herzberg (Summer, 2006), Ph.D.
Linda Eastwick Covington (Spring, 2009), Ph.D.
Corinna Villarr Cole (Spring, 2009), Ph.D.
Alyn Kristin Abbs (Fall, 2009), Ph.D.
Marcia Lynn Montague (Fall, 2009), Ph.D.
Faith Kaya (Spring, 2013), Ph.D.
Jonathan Kotinek (Summer, 2013), Ph.D.
Elizabeth Ducy (Spring, 2014), Ph.D.
Hector Ramos Garcimartin (Fall, 2015), Ph.D.
Suzanna Jeyanthi Ramos (Fall, 2015), Ph.D.
Kayla Sagebiel Sweet (Fall, 2017), Ph.D.
Dong Hyun Kang (Summer, 2019), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Editor (2007 - ). International Journal for Qualitative Studies in Education

Editorial Board Member (2007 - ). Review of Educational Research

Editorial Board Member (2006 - 2016). Journal of International Special Needs Education

Editorial Board Member (2006 - 2016). The Review of Disability Studies

Professional Leadership/Service (International/National)

(2015). Program Coordinator.  Learning Sciences Program

Professional Leadership/Service (State)

(2017-2017). Chair, Disability Task Force on Emergency manageme. 


(2014). CEHD Internal Award.  UG Student Research Initiative Award Fall 2014 and Spring 2014

(2013). Outstanding AFS Teacher Award.  College of Education

(2006). Fellow.  Disaster Mental Health Research Mentoring Program

(2005). Montague Center for Teaching Excellence. 

(2003). Entry in 58th Ed. Who's Who in America. 

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