Patricia Rice Doran

Professor and Department Chair

Patricia Doran

Contact Info

Psychology Building, Room 313


Ed.D. 2011 George Washington University, Special Education (bilingual special education emphasis)

M.A. 2001 University of Michigan, Literature and Language

B.A. 2000 University of Notre Dame, English (music and education minors)

Areas of Expertise

Bilingual Special Education; Language and Cultural Diversity; Culturally Responsive Practice; Brain Development and Disorders


Dr. Patricia Rice Doran is Chair of the Special Education Department and Professor of Special Education. She is currently PI on a $2.6 million teacher professional development project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition. She has published and presented widely on teacher professional development related to multilingual learners and assessment and instruction for multilingual learners with disabilities. In addition, she is active in scholarship and teacher professional learning related to neuroimmune disorders and supporting students with health impairments in school settings. 

Selected Funded Projects

Principal Investigator, English Learners Moving to Proficient Outcomes with Engagement and Rigor (EMPOWER). United States Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition, National Professional Development Grant, September 2017-August 2022. $2,221,723. Co-PIs, Dr. Elizabeth Neville and Dr. Gilda Martinez-Alba.

Principal Investigator, Collaborative Planning and Effective Interventions for All. Maryland State Department of Education Institution of Higher Education IDEA Grant, July 2016-September 2017. $28,500. Co-PI, Dr. Amy Noggle.

Principal Investigator, Collaborative Planning for All Learners: A Professional Learning Initiative. Maryland State Department of Education Institution of Higher Education IDEA Grant Award, July 2015-September 2016. $30,000. 

Selected Publications

Hoppin, K. & Rice Doran, P. (2023). PANDAS and PANS. In Perfect, M., Riccio, C. & Bray, M. (Eds.). Health-related disorders in children and adolescents: A guidebook for understanding and educating. American Psychological Association.

Hong, H. & Rice Doran, P. (eds.) (2022). Preparing teachers for young and adolescent multilingual learners: The use of reflective narratives. Springer. 
Hong, H., Knollman, G. & Rice Doran, P. (2022). Exploring alternative perspectives on millennial teachers’ beliefs of and engagement with cultural and linguistic diversity: the use of reflective practice. Reflective Practice 23(3), 409-421, DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2022.2040011 

Rice Doran, P., Noggle, A., with Wayson Wilson, H.,Lucas Zillich, J & Knollman, G. (2019). Supporting English learners with exceptional needs. TESOL International Press.

Rice Doran, P. and O’Hanlon, E. (2019). How parents of children with PANDAS and PANS perceive the educational process. Journal of the American Association of Special Education Professionals, Fall 2019, 48-62.