Naima Bhana, Ph.D.

Supporting Caregivers and Promoting Equity and
Diversity in Special Education

About Me

Areas of Specialization

Dr. Naima Bhana (she/her/ella) is an assistant professor of special education at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY. Her scholarship is focused on developing methods to increase social-communication opportunities for young children with developmental disabilities by training natural communication partners such as family members, teachers, and paraprofessionals. Her research also seeks to improve the quality of life outcomes of non-English-speaking, ethnically, and racially diverse teachers and families and expanding services for children with disabilities in Spanish speaking countries.

Naima received her doctorate in special education from Penn State University and her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University. She has published and presented at national and international conferences in English and Spanish on the topics of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

Speaking Engagements, Community Outreach, and Consulting

I am available for private parent coaching sessions (via Telehealth or in person) and for speaking engagements on any of the following topics:

Autism Spectrum Disorders (e.g., communication, inclusion, behavior management, social skills development)

Academic programs for students with moderate to severe disabilities

Early Intervention for learning, communication, and literacy for children with and without disabilities.

Assistive Technology and Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Applied Behavior Analysis

Caregiver Implemented Interventions for children with developmental disabilities.