To Campus with Confidence: Supporting the Successful Transition to College for Students with Learning Disabilities

Nicholas D. Young, Christine N. Michael, Teresa A. Citro

Nicholas D. Young
, PhD, EdD

Dr. Nicholas D. Young has worked in diverse educational roles for more than 28 years, serving as a principal, special education director, graduate professor, graduate program director, graduate dean, and longtime superintendent of schools. He was named the Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year; and he completed a distinguished Fulbright program focused on the Japanese educational system through the collegiate level. He holds numerous graduate degrees including a PhD in educational administration and an EdD in educational psychology. Dr. Young is the recipient of numerous other honors and recognitions including the General Douglas MacArthur Award for distinguished civilian and military leadership and the Vice Admiral John T. Hayward Award for exemplary scholarship.

Dr. Young has served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves combined for over 33 years; and he graduated with distinction from the U.S. Air War College, the U.S. Army War College, and the US Navy War College. After completing a series of senior leadership assignments in the US Army Reserves as the commanding officer of the 287th Medical Company (DS), the 405th Area Support Company (DS), the 405th Combat Support Hospital, and the 399 Combat Support Hospital. Dr. Young transitioned to his current military position as a faculty instructor at the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He currently holds the rank of Colonel.

Dr. Young is also a regular presenter at state, national, and international conferences; and he has co-authored or authored many books, book chapters, and/or articles on various topics in education, counseling, and psychology. Some of his most recent work includes Collapsing Educational Boundaries from Preschool to PhD: Building Bridges Across the Educational Spectrum (2013) and Learning Style Perspectives: Impact Upon the Classroom (3rd ed., 2014). He was also a primary author for The Power of the Professoriate: The Evolving in 21st Century Higher Education (in press), From Floundering to Fluent: Reaching and Teaching Struggling Readers (in press), Educational Entrepreneurship: Promoting Public-Private Partnerships for the 21st Century (2015), Beyond the Bedtime Story: Promoting Reading Development during the Middle School Years (2015), Betwixt and Between: Understanding and Meeting the Social and Emotional Developmental Needs of Students During the Middle School Transition Years (2014), Transforming Special Education Practices: A Primer for School Administrators and Policy Makers (2012), and Powerful Partners in Student Success: Schools, Families and Communities (2012). He has also co-authored several children’s books to include the popular series I am Full of Possibilities.

Christine N. Michael, PhD

Dr. Christine N. Michael is a more than 40-year educational veteran with a variety of professional experiences. She holds degrees from Brown University, Rhode Island College, Union Institute and University, and the University of Connecticut, where she earned a PhD in education, human development, and family relations. Her previous work has included middle and high school teaching, higher education administration, college teaching, and educational consulting. She has also been involved with Head Start, Upward Bound, national nonprofits Foundation for Excellent Schools and College for Every Student, and the federal Trio programs. She has published widely on topics in education and psychology, most recently as a primary author and coeditor for the books Beyond the Bedtime Story: Promoting Reading Development During the Middle School Years (2015), Betwixt and Between: Understanding and Meeting the Social and Emotional Development Needs of Students During the Middle School Transition Years (2014), and Powerful Partners in Student Success: Schools, Families, and Communities (2012). She is currently the program director of low-residency programs at American International College. 

Teresa Allissa Citro

Teresa Allissa Citro is the chief executive officer of Learning Disabilities Worldwide, Inc., and the founder and president of Thread of Hope, Inc. Ms. Citro is a graduate of Tufts New England Medical School and Northeastern University. She has co-edited several books on a wide range of topics in special education and has coauthored a popular children’s series, I Am Full of Possibilities. Furthermore, Ms. Citro is the coeditor of two peer-reviewed journals, Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal and Insights on Learning Disabilities: From Prevailing Theories to Validated Practices. The mother of two young children, she resides in Boston, Massachusetts.