Assistant Professor


Dr. Cindy Head is an Assistant Professor in department of Literacy and Special Education in the College of Education. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Head served as a general education math teacher for five years, a graduate research/teaching assistant at Auburn University for three years, and a special education teacher for seven years. Dr. Head received her Ph.D. from Auburn University in 2016. Other educational degrees were received from Auburn in 2001 (B.S. in social science education) and 2004 (M.Ed. in special education) as well as from the University of West Georgia in 2007 (Ed.S. in special education). Dr. Head's research interests include literacy and improving achievement and behavioral outcomes for students with disabilities, especially those with autism and behavior disorders.

Education / Degrees

  • B.S., Education, Auburn University, 2001
  • M.Ed., Education, Auburn University, 2004
  • Ed.S., Education/Leadership, University of West Georgia, 2007
  • Ph.D., Education, Auburn University, 2016
  • Publication List

    Kotis, J., Smith, L., Fisher, L., Helling, R., Hughes, R., Nelson, C., Tazewell, D., & Willis, J. (2009). Vocational assessment of the hard of hearing transitioning student. Vocational Evaluation and Career Assessment Professionals, 5(2).

    Shippen, M.E., Patterson, D., Dunn, C. Derzis, N., Nelson, C., & Houchins, D. An examination of written expression skills of incarcerated males. Journal of Correctional Education, 61(3).

    Hill, D., Martin, D., Nelson-Head, C. (2011). Examination of case law (2007-2008) regarding students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Preventing School Failure, 55(4).

    Nelson-Head, C., Hill, D., & Flores, M.M. (2012). Case study on the implementation of a video story-based intervention with self modeling treatment package to reduce stereotypical spitting behavior in a young girl with autism. Journal of Special Educatio

    Flores, M.M., Nelson, C., Hinton, V., Franklin, T.M., Strozier, S.D., Terry, L., & Franklin, S. (2013). Teaching reading comprehension and language skills to students with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities using direct instruction.

    Nelson-Head, C., Flores, M.M., Shippen, M.E. (in progress). The effects of Direct Instruction of reading comprehension skills of students with autism and/or developmental delay.