Current iSHINE Faculty
Emily Lakey is an Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University. She is a licensed speech language pathologist with expertise in childhood language disorders and autism spectrum disorder.
Aftynne Cheek, Ph.D., Co-Project Director.
Aftynne Cheek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education at Appalachian State University. Her research interests include teacher preparation, eCoaching, and literacy instruction for students with severe intellectual disabilities. She has experience teaching students with moderate and servere intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, mental illness, and emotional and behavioral disorders.
David Koppenhaver, Ph.D., iSHINE Faculty.
David A. Koppenhaver is a Professor in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education at Appalachian State University. He holds NC teaching certification in Reading K-12, Middle Grades Language Arts (Grades 6-9), Intermediate (Grades 4-6), and Elementary Education (Grades K-6). His research and service focus on literacy in students with high-incidence disabilities, including those with complex communication needs.
Christopher Van Loan, Ph.D., iSHINE Faculty.
Christopher Van Loan is a Professor in the Special Education program at Appalachian State University. Dr. Van Loan teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in emotional and behavioral disorders, classroom management, and positive behavioral supports. His research interests include teacher-student relationships, cognitive behavioral interventions, and educational services for youth in juvenile corrections and psychiatric schools. Dr. Van Loan has been published in a book chapter and professional journals and his findings and recommendations have been presented at state, regional, national, and international professional conferences. Prior to receiving his Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Florida, he was a special education teacher for 8 years.
Former iSHINE Faculty
Justin D. Garwood, Ph.D., iSHINE Faculty.
Justin D. Garwood is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education at Appalachian State University. He is a licensed teacher in Special Education K-12 and English Education 7-12, with expertise in emotional and behavioral disorders and literacy interventions for students with high-incidence disabilities.
Cate Smith, Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator.
Cate Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education at Appalachian State University. Previously, she taught elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students with intellectual, developmental, and multiple disabilities. Her research interests include supporting learners with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the use of mobile technologies in academic, social, communication, and vocational skill development.