DepartmentSchool of Education
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • PhD., Chapman University
  • Multiple Subject Credential, Hope International University
  • M.A., Cal State Fullerton
  • B.A., Cal Poly Pomona

Member of


Denise Reid has her Ph.D. from Chapman University, an M.S. from California State University, Fullerton, and a B.A. from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Reid holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and has decades of experience in providing educational accommodations to students with disabilities. While equal access to quality education for students with disabilities is of concern, her recent research has focused on tensions experienced by college students as they negotiate their disabled and non-disabled identities. Past research includes strategies for the successful transition from high school to college and college success contributes to her concerns that students with disabilities acquire self-advocacy skills and academic success during their K-12 experience. Since 1998, Reid has served as an adjunct instructor at various universities. Whether educating teachers on academic accommodations, attentively listening to a parent share concerns regarding a diagnosis or meeting the needs of the less fortunate, her greatest desire is to help others mature in their walk with Christ.


  • American Education Research Association (AERA)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Association Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)

Publications (Selected)

  • Hunter, D., Reid, D. P., & Nishimura, T. (2014). Postsecondary education for students with disabilities. In K. Storey & D. Hunter (Eds.). The road ahead: Transition to adult life for persons with disabilities (3rd ed., pp. 177-198). Amsterdam, Netherlands: IOS Press.
  • Reid, D. P. (2014). Stuck between a rock and a hard place: Exploring the lived experiences of college students who do not request accommodations. Dissertation, Chapman University.
  • Reid, D. P. (in review). Book review: A touch of greatness: The history of Tennessee State University, Journal of Negro Education.
  • Reid, D. P. (in review). Disproportionality in special education: The persistent reality for African American students. Journal of Justice, Spirituality, and Education.
  • Gabel, S. L., Reid, D. P., Pearson, H., Ruiz, L., & Hume-Dawson, R. (in review). Disability and diversity on CSU websites: A critical snapshot click study. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education.


9th Annual Black Family Forum, Paramount High School. Presented on "Taking Ownership of Your Child’s Academic Achievement ," and "The Role of Parents in the Motivation of their Student." February 2016.

ACSI NEXUS 2015: Stronger Together. Presented on "Classroom & Behavioral Management," and "Educational Accommodation." November 2015.

College and Career Preparation Workshop, Friendship Baptist Church, Yorba Linda. Presented on "How to Apply to and Complete Graduate School." October 2015.

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