Dr. Bruno’s research focuses on improving transition outcome for youth with disabilities. More specifically she focuses on (1) improving the preparation of pre-service and in-service educators’ ability to implement evidence-based practices related to transition; (2) using the Universal Design for Learning framework (including the use of assistive technology) to improve post-school outcomes of youth with disabilities; and (3) post-secondary educational opportunities for youth with intellectual and development disability. Lauren also focuses on the shortage and high attrition rates of special educators.
Dr. Bruno teaches courses in special education and creates engaging learning environments by using the principles of UDL across all of her courses – giving students opportunities to apply what they learn to their future professions. She is dedicated to the development of pre-service teachers to use evidence-based practices and create inclusive learning environments. Lauren has experience teaching students with low-incidence disabilities at the high school level, which has influenced her interest in providing all students the greatest opportunities for transition.