Maria L. Hugh

Maria Hugh
  • Assistant Professor
  • School of Education and Human Sciences, Special Education


Dr. Maria Hugh is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Kansas. An early childhood special educator and board-certified behavior analyst by training, Dr. Hugh focuses on improving outcomes for young children with developmental disabilities by partnering with pre- and in-service educators to teach and learn about feasible and effective practices in inclusive early learning contexts. Currently, to support the generalized and sustained use of effective practices for all young children, her research aims to 1) identify usable practices that improve learning opportunities, 2) explore individual and organizational implementation mechanisms, and 3) test professional development supports that facilitate intervention decision-making and implementation. In pursuit of these aims, Dr. Hugh partners with schools and communities using mixed methods approaches.


Postdoc, University of Washington
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Special Education, University of Minnesota
M.Ed., Special Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Vanderbilt University
B.A. in Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University