Melissa Grabner-Hagen

Course Instructor


Dr. Grabner-Hagen holds a Ph.D in Special Education from Indiana University. Her dissertation focused on Differences in spelling strategies used by children. She currently teaches in the Purdue Online Masters in Special education online program. Where she focuses in helping aspiring special educators hone their assessment skills. She is currently writing and researching about gamification in special needs classrooms.


  • Ph.D Educational Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • B.A. Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington.


  • 2010 Indiana University Kokomo Trustees Teaching Award
  • 2009 Distinguished Service Award, United Way of Greater Lafayette