Leslie J. Munson, PhD, is an associate professor in special education and the current chair of the Department of Special Education. She was a speech-language pathologist for more than 15 years before completing her doctorate in the area of early childhood special education, with an emphasis in infant development. Dr. Munson joined the PSU special education faculty in 1989. She coordinates the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) Program and teaches courses in EI/ECSE. She is also very involved with the Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduate Program.
Her research interests include caregiver-infant interaction, screening and assessment of caregiver and infant behaviors. She also does work in teacher grief related to the death of a student. Currently, she is developing a tool to assess behaviors of caregivers and infants during play and feeding. In addition, she is collaborating on the development of a tool to screen and monitor the social-emotional development of infants.
When not working at the university on various projects, Dr. Munson enjoys reading, traveling, and hiking/walking. She has three grown daughters and seven grandchildren who are visitors in her classes, and a cocker spaniel.
Leslie J. Munson, PhD
Portland State University
Graduate School of Education
PO Box 751
1900 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97207-0751