Dr. Temple Lovelace, Duquesne University
Temple S. Lovelace, Ph.D., is an associate professor and co-director of the special education program in the School of Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Her research is centered on the intersection of disability, race and gender, with particular interest in creating innovative, culturally affirming supports for Black neurodiverse girls. Her recent research has examined the use of ecobehavioral assessment and technology to identify and ameliorate environmental risk factors that lead to the overrepresentation of Black students in exclusionary school spaces. In 2018, she launched eXiLab, a cooperative incubator for emancipatory research and development that focuses on advancing equitable learning opportunities that are accessible to learners across a variety of contexts. During her tenure in Pittsburgh, Lovelace has worked to support advocacy efforts for youth, educators and families in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Through three organizations, Youth Leading Change, Education Uncontained and Girlhood Rising, she has supported educators at the intersection of innovation and liberatory practice to support student learning and social-emotional well-being. Over the last 13 years, her work with teachers, youth and families has been reflected in several publications, including Achieving Educational Equity for African American Students with and without Exceptionalities; Creating a Schoolwide Culture to Support Practitioner Research; Community-University Partnerships as Vehicles of Radical Leadership, Service and Activism; Parent and Teacher Ratings of Preschool Inattention and Hyperactivity/Impulsivity: An Exploratory Study of the Relationships with Early Literacy in Head Start, and Experiences of African American Mothers of Sons with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Lessons for Improving Service Delivery.