Lara-Jeane Costa

Lara-Jeane Costa

Ph.D.

Project Manager

Research Specialist for the Department of Allied Health Sciences



Lara is a research specialist for the UNC-CH Department of Allied Health Sciences. She earned her bachelor’s degree in 2001 at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Special Education: Behavioral and Emotional Disabilities. Upon graduation, she began her teaching career at Trask Middle School in Wilmington, NC as a special education teacher. Due to the composition of her class, during her second year of teaching Lara appended her teaching license to include learning and developmental disabilities. She has worked with students with disabilities as a classroom teacher, camp counselor, and clinician.  During her graduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she received training as part of the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders (LEND) and Maternal and Child Health Bureau Leadership programs.  In May 2015, she earned her Ph.D. from UNC-CH School of Education in Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation program after completing her dissertation which examined the relations among the development of written language and executive functions in elementary aged students.

When Lara is not directing the Middle School Writing Project or writing grant proposals, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their four year-old son. During her free time, she likes cooking with her mom, camping with her friends, and reading a book at the beach.
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