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Elizabeth Matthews, Ph.D

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Elizabeth Matthews, Ph.D


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CWE faculty member Elizabeth Matthews brings with her a desire to share a passion for working with disabled children. "Prof. Matthews brings her real-world life experience and works it into the classroom," Mary Eustace said, one of Matthews' former students. Among the courses she teaches include "Sociology of Education" and "ECE I: Theories of Development Applied to Early Childhood Practice."

Before joining the CWE full time-faculty in fall 2008 as a lecturer, Matthews worked as a developmental specialist in the Neonatal Follow Up Program at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York.  Matthews has always been dedicated to assisting children and this was apparent at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York where she developed assessment and treatment plans for disabled infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Prior to her work at the Children's Hospital, Matthews taught as an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Hunter College.  At Hunter, she mentored teaching candidates in the areas of language, literacy development, curriculum and student teaching. 

Outside of the teaching sphere, Matthews served as an Executive Director of Project HAPPY, a non-profit program that provides recreational programming to children living with disabilities.   Project HAPPY was started at Hunter College in January of 1981 and has been serving children, youth and young adults since that time. 


Matthews has a B.A. in Psychology from New York University, an M.A. in Education from Columbia University Teacher's College and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center.

Courses Taught

Sociology of Education Language & Literacy

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