Heather Walter

Heather Walter
Visiting Assistant Professor, Special Education and Disability Studies

Dr. Heather Walter, Visiting Instructor of Special Education and Disability Studies and Clinical Field Placement Liaison for the Early Childhood Special Education Graduate Program, teaches graduate courses and oversees field experiences for graduate students in the ECSE Program.

Dr. Heather Walter is currently a Visiting Instructor and Clinical Field Experience Liaison for the Early Childhood Special Education Graduate Program at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University. She earned her Ed.D. in Special Education and Disability Studies at the George Washington University, and holds an Ed.S degree as a funded scholar through the LEEAD program, which prepares administrators and teacher leaders for inclusive early intervention/early childhood special education settings, and M.A. in Elementary and Inclusive Education and Dis/ability Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in Jewish Education from The University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Dr. Walter was trained in early and elementary general and special education, special education administration, as well as teacher coaching and mentoring, most recently in mental health coaching. Dr. Walter taught in many general, special education, and early intervention settings with both children, families and educators.

Currently, Dr. Walter’s research interests include educational practices that support prosocial interactions, self-regulation, and overall healthy social emotional development for children with and at risk for disabilities. Dr. Walter’s most recent research is in school-based wellbeing and the identification of non-academic variables that contribute to both student social emotional and academic success, and teacher retention. Dr. Walter integrates mixed methods, and participatory research practices into her research. Dr. Walter is currently involved in the GSEHD Wellbeing Initiative at GW. This interdisciplinary team explores interactions among individual wellbeing, and social, cultural, and community level wellbeing for graduate students.

In the past. Dr. Walter has taught undergraduate and masters level courses, has mentored and supervised preservice teachers at multiple universities, and has consulted with local school districts, charter schools, and universities.

In the News

Ph.D. candidate Hallie Fox (Education and Inequality CRT), along with Drs. Beth Tuckwiller, Elisabeth Kutscher, and Heather Walter, published a paper in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies called "What makes teachers well?