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Assistant Professor


  • B.S. – Pennsylvania State University, 1991 – Elementary Education
  • M.S. – Pennsylvania State University, 2006 – Special Education
  • Ph.D. – Pennsylvania State University, 2011 – Special Education

Teaching Areas

  • ECSP 112 Typical and Atypical Child Development
  • ECSP 340 Introduction to Classroom and Behavior Management
  • EDEX 222 Methods of Teaching Reading to Persons with Disabilities
  • EDEX 321 Methods of Teaching Language Arts to Persons with Disabilities
  • EDUC 240 Pre-student Teaching and Clinical Experience for Early Childhood/Special Education
  • EDEX 425 Strategic Assessment and Instruction in Expository Text
  • EDEX 460 Family Perspectives On Disability
  • Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experience I Coordinator for Early Childhood Special Education Majors

Professional Interests and Certifications


  • Elementary K – 8
  • Special Education K – 12


  • Writing and Reading for individuals with disabilities
  • Students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders in inclusive and alternative settings
  • High incidence disabilities and the inclusive classroom
  • Peer mediated learning in inclusive classrooms
  • Transitions from Elementary to Middle School

Research Interests

Dr. Cramer’s research explores effective strategy instruction for writing, with particular interest in peer mediated interventions. Specifically, she is interested in exploring the generalizability of skills developed during peer mediated academic interventions to settings and events outside of the immediate academic task. Additionally, Dr. Cramer is interested in exploring the elementary to middle school transition for students with disabilities, and inclusive and alternative settings for students with emotional behavioral disorders.

Selected Publications

Mason, L., Meadan, H., Hedin, L. & Cramer, A. (2010). A qualitative examination of intervention effects on students’ motivation for reading and writing. Reading and Writing Quarterly.

Mason, L.H., Kubina, R.M., Valasa, L.L. & Cramer, A.M. (2010). Evaluating effective writing instruction of adolescent students in an emotional and/or behavioral support setting. Journal of Behavioral Disorders, 35, 140-156.

Mason, L.H. & Cramer, A.M. (2008). Rarely had the words poured: Teaching persuasive Writing. Learning Disabilities Worldwide, 5, 25-39.

Selected Presentations

Cramer, A. M. (September 2012). Evaluating effective writing instruction for fourth and sixth-grade students with ADHD in a Summer Treatment Program. 2012 International Child and Adolescent Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Mason, L.H., Cramer, A.M. & Benedek Wood, E.B. (April 2009). Effects of self-regulated strategy development instruction on Quick Writing skills. Council for Exceptional Children, Seattle, WA.

Mason, L.H., Taft, R. & Cramer, A.M. (April 2008). Improving Quick Writing Skills of Middle School Students with Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children, Boston, MA.

Mason, L.H., Cramer, A.M. & Benedek Wood, E. (February 2010). Rarely had the words poured: Teaching persuasive writing. Learning Disabilities Association, Baltimore, MD.

  • Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services Department
  • Davis Hall, Room 203
    570 South Eleventh Street
    Indiana, PA 15705-1087
  • Phone: 724-357-2450
  • Fax: 724-357-7716
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.