Special Education

Graduate School of Education

Leslie  J. Munson, PH.D

Associate Professor

Text Box: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
After 15 plus years as a speech-language pathologist, Leslie completed her doctorate in the area of early childhood special education with an emphasis in infant development. Her research interests include care-giver-infant interaction, screening and assessment of caregiver and infant behaviors, and a teachers grief related to the death of a student.
Currently, she is developing a tool to assess behaviors of caregivers and infants during play and feeding.  In addition, she is collaborating on the development of a tool to screen and monitor the social-emotional development of infants.

1n 1999, Leslie joined the PSU Special Education faculty. She coordinates the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EI/ECSE) Program as well as teaches courses in EI/ECSE and the Special Educator Program. She is also very involved with the Infant/Toddler Mental Health Graduate Program.
When not working at the university on various projects, Leslie enjoys reading, traveling, and hiking/walking. She has three grown daughters, seven grandchildren who are visitors in her classes, and a cocker spaniel. Her husband is a Professor of Chemistry at Concordia University.

Mailing address

Graduate School of Education


Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR  97207-0751

Contact Information

Office 204-F ED

Phone: 503-725-4687
Fax: 503-725-5599
E-mail: munsonl@pdx.edu