Dr. Coughlin graduated from the University of Miami with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in special education. She began teaching children with special needs right after college. She obtained her master’s degree in special education from NSU and started a career as an adjunct professor in the Exceptional Student Education program for the next twenty years at NSU. In 1990 when the American for Disabilities Education Act was passed, it was necessary for NSU to establish a department to address the needs of students with disabilities. Dr. Coughlin was asked to create that program that has since expanded and continues to meet the needs of undergraduate students with special needs. In May of 2001, Dr. Coughlin received an award for quality teaching and curriculum development in exceptional student education. These two areas continue to be her primary focus. She is dedicated to her students’ success and the ongoing developing of cutting edge curriculum in the field of special education. Dr. Coughlin also received an award in 2001 for her contribution to the successful attainment of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for the undergraduate exceptional student education. She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Student Education, the National Association of Special Education Teachers, and the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Her research interests are in the area of families with children with disabilities, and mathematical problem solving for students with learning disabilities.