Joanne Robbins, Ph. D.
...Joanne Robbins is Associate Director of Morningside Academy in Seattle, WA.Joanne
has had over twenty years of experience in program development, curriculum design, teaching and supervision for children with special needs.Joanne's experience has been in both educational and mental health settings.She
developed programs for Pre-K through college level.In addition to the gratifying work as Principal of Morningside Academy, Joanne is a founder of P.E.E.R., Partnerships for Educational Excellence and Research.
This work has taken the form of professional development and coaching in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Prior to moving to Seattle, Joanne
lived in Chicago for many years.While there, she was the Activity Therapy supervisor for a 120 bed children's psychiatric facility, served as an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department at Northeastern Illinois University, and designed and implemented problem solving and thinking skills programs, study skills programs, and learning acceleration programs for inner-city children and college students for the University of Illinois at Chicago and the City Colleges of Chicago.She also served as program developer and instructor in the federally funded Nation of Tomorrow program, training Chicago teachers how to use computer technology in their classrooms.Joanne served as a research assistant in the Instructional Research and Development Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago.Joanne was a board member and Vice President of the Illinois Art Therapy Association.She is currently a member of the Association for Behavior Analysis.She
founded and co-chairs the Spectrum Alliance
, a community group advocating for the Seattle public school's highly capable students.
An expert in the teaching of critical thinking skills, Joanne
is the author of Talk Aloud Problem Solving: A Script for Teachers, and co-author of Fluent Thinking Skills: A Generative Approach.She
is a frequent presenter at professional meetings and has published experimental work in human clinical decision-making.Joanne has served as an instructional design consultant to private industry in the production of instructional video and interactive laser disks including Learning-to-Learn, Inc. in Cambridge, MA, and Focus International, Inc. in Huntington, NY.Prior to moving to Chicago, Joanne earned an MA in Behavioral Sciences (Art Therapy concentration) from the University of Houston, Clear Lake Campus.A native of New York, she earned a BA in Sociology from the State University of New York at New Paltz.Joanne completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago under the mentorship of Dr. Sue Markle, Dr. Phil Tiemann and Dr. Herbert Walberg.