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Mary Carlson
Mary Carlson, Ph.D.Marquette University

Schroeder Complex, 113G

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-4548

Clinical Associate Professor

Educational Policy and Leadership

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D., Marquette University
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Educational Psychology
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Exceptional Education
  • Life License, WI DPI, Exceptional Education

Courses Taught

  • Teaching Exceptional, At-Risk, and Diverse Students,
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology in a Diverse World,
  • Introduction to Theory and Assessment
  • The Psychology of Exceptional Children
  • Teaching in Middle School

Professional Affiliations

Marquette Autism Initiative

The Marquette Autism Initiative (AI) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers, clinicians, stakeholders, and students at Marquette University and in the community.  We aim to coordinate 1) research, 2) programming, 3) education, and 4) outreach efforts to improve the lives of people on the autism spectrum* and their families, while providing high quality training and educational opportunities for the next generation of professionals serving this population. Our work is anchored in the knowledge that collaboration across disciplines is best practice in the world of autism care and research, which simultaneously provides inter-professional, team-, sensitivity, and knowledge-building educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate students. We are funded via a 2018-19 Explorer Challenge award from Marquette University’s Office of Research and Innovation.

Recent Publications

Carlson, M. (2016). Can the Church Be a Virtuous Hearer of Women? Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Vol. 32, No. 1 (Spring 2016), pp. 21-36

Carlson, M. (2014). Aquinas on inclusion: Using the good doctor and Catholic Social Teaching to build a moral case for inclusion in Catholic schools for children with special needs. Journal of Catholic Education, 18(1), 62-78.

Honors and Awards

  • The Way-Klingler 2013 Teaching Award to develop a cross-curricular course on Autism Spectrum Disorders


  • Wisconsin DPI Institute of Higher Education Grant to improve knowledge and skills in Response to Intervention (RtI)

Recent Consulting

  • SOAR--Catholic Schools Racine, WI

Consulting Interests

  • Teaching Exceptional, At-Risk and Diverse Students
  • Behavior Management and Instructional Techniques
  • Teacher Formation and Mentoring/Supervising Veterans and Rookies
  • Special Education in Catholic Schools
  • Marginalized groups in schools, Church and society