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Chris Sampson
Christina Sampson Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor



For almost 50 years, I have been interested in the area of disabilities. Throughout my education, my focus has always been on the normalization of experiences for people with disabilities. I have been a public school teacher, coordinator, educational consultant, parent advocate, state department coordinator, and college professor.

I began working with individuals with special needs while in junior high school by volunteering at Western State School and Hospital formerly in Canonsburg, Pa.

Ed.D, Special Education and Leadership Studies, West Virginia University
M.A, Special Education, West Virginia University
B.A., English and Speech, West Liberty State College
Additional studies at the University of Kansas

Areas of Passion & Research
I am very interested in social justice issues as they relate to individuals with disabilities. My areas of research include stigma and disabilities as well as social interactions and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Personal interests
Reading, independent films, music of all types, and great food experiences.

Favorite quote, book, or movie … why?
There are too many books to single out just one … “A Confederacy of Dunces,” “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” “Man’s Search for Meaning,” “In Search of Excellence,” “The Birds of Opulence,” “Pink and Say,” and the list goes on. Why? Because each of them has brought me laughter, an appreciation of beautiful writing, or a deeper understanding of others and myself.

Fun facts
I have a fascination with tattoos and the stories behind the artwork.

Volunteer Work
Church treasurer
Special Olympics volunteer
Academic tutoring and social coaching