Doreen Arcus, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Research Methods and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Lowell
Dr. Arcus is recognized for her unwavering commitment to our most vulnerable children. As a developmental psychologist, she has partnered with school systems and organizations to advocate for children with disabilities, and with child welfare agencies to promote the well-being of children in foster care.
Dr. Arcus applies her academic and professional expertise to address children's needs, and inspires her students to enhance their UMass experience by blending academics, research, and service to nurture young lives.
Associate Professor Arcus' Biography:
Dr. Arcus began her career as a speech-language pathologist specializing in neurologically based language and articulation disorders in early childhood with a specialization in swallowing and oral-motor dysfunction in children and infants. She worked in public schools, private practice, university clinics, and, just before leaving to return to graduate school, the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Her Ph.D. work led her back to studies of typically developing children and the biological and social bases of the individual differences they display. She continued this research as a MacArthur post-doctoral fellow and a clinical fellow in psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School.
She arrived at UMass Lowell in 1997 and began a study of temperamental profiles in at risk children. Her research and outreach evolved to focus on children in foster care and children with disabilities, and on the complex overlap between various categories of risk in these complicated children. She has become very interested in community level indices of well being relevant to education, and in the families of children with disability or trauma history.
Dr. Arcus served on the Massachusetts Special Education Advisory Council from 1999-2005, chairing the Council from 2003-2005. From 1999-2003, Dr. Arcus ran MUMMY, a mentoring program in collaboration with Lowell DSS pairing UML students with teens in foster care and is currently working to resurrect that program. In 2005, she began directing the UMass Lowell Honors Program and she serves on the Institutional Review Board.
She teaches courses in research methods and child development.