- Ph.D. in education, Virginia Commonwealth University
- M.S.W. in social work, West Virginia University
- B.S. in physical therapy, University of Maryland
Interdisciplinary training of professionals in childhood neurodevelopmental disabilities, teacher preparation of master’s degree students in the area of special education adapted curriculum (significant/severe disabilities), preparation of paraprofessionals for special education teacher certification, federal policy affecting transition services from secondary education for students with intellectual disabilities, use of one-stop career centers by adults and youth with disabilities under the Workforce Investment Opportunities Act
- Co-directing the severe disabilities concentration of VCU’s M.Ed. in special education program
- Serving as assistant director of the Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Va-LEND)
- Served as director of faculty and student support for VCU’s Department of Counseling and Special Education, supporting the department’s administration in coordinating curriculum changes and course scheduling, among other duties
- Served as project coordinator and state liaison for the Social Security State Partnership Initiative, a federally-funded initiative aimed at addressing the barriers to employment experienced by supplemental security income and disability insurance beneficiaries
- Principal investigator for the Recruiting Family Mentors to Become LEND Trainees and Future Faculty Members grant, funded by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities
- Academic adviser for VCU’s post-secondary education program, ACE-IT in College — part of the U.S. Department of Education’s Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities initiative
- Principal investigator for the Traineeship for Education of Special Education Personnel grant, funded by the Virginia Department of Education
- Project director of The Vocational Rehabilitation Act – Transition Outcomes and Effects research study, funded by the National Council on Disability
For more than 40 years, Dr. Beth Bader has administered programs and provided direct service, consultation and technical assistance in higher education, as well as within developmental disability, health, mental health and other disability-related state and local agencies. She currently is the co-coordinator of the severe disabilities concentration within the School of Education’s M.Ed. in special education, and coordinator of the school’s Certificate in Disability Leadership.
In addition, Dr. Bader serves as the assistant director of Virginia Leadership Education in Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Va-LEND), a federally-funded, interdisciplinary training program that involves preparing students and community professionals from 13 different disciplines.
Dr. Bader also assists in the academic advising and individualized curriculum development for VCU’s federally-funded Transition and Postsecondary Program for Students with Intellectual Disabilities project.