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Dr. Larsen earned her doctorate at the University of Maryland after teaching elementary, middle, and high school special education for six years. Since joining Brandman University in 2004, Dr. Larsen has served as the lone full-time faculty for the Riverside campus, served as the university’s Faculty Personnel Committee vice-chair, and was promoted to Associate Dean in 2010 and Associate Professor in 2011. As Associate Dean, she oversees programs in special education, school psychology and counseling, CLAD/CTEL, early childhood, and the Master of Arts in Education program. She was awarded Brandman University’s Outstanding Faculty of the year for service to the university and was the first education adjunct faculty to be awarded the Non-Senate Faculty Researcher/Lecturer Collaborator of the Year, at the University of California, Riverside. She has been involved in numerous scholarly presentations and publications in the areas of pre-service teacher assessment, program assessment, program development, and faculty evaluation. She was also involved in the development of the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT). She teaches and develops courses for the Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership as well as for the special education masters and credential programs.
In addition to her work for the university, Dr. Larsen is committed to outreach in the community. She serves as a voting member of the Riverside Chambers of Commerce Business Education Partnership Committee and Downtown Board. She has run numerous Christian education programs, and founded a performing arts program for school-aged children. In addition, she has served for nine years as coach and district coordinator for Odyssey of the Mind, an international creativity program. The teams coached with her husband Paul have won numerous regional and state titles, with four teams advancing to the World Finals.