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Lillian Duran

College of Education, Special Education
Phone: 541-346-2502
Office: 230 HEDCO Education Bldg


Lillian Durán has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota and is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences at the University of Oregon. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from Antioch College and a M.A. in Education and Human Development from the George Washington University. Her research is focused on improving instructional and assessment practices with multilingual children.  She is currently involved in multiple efforts developing Spanish language and literacy assessments from preschool to 6th grade.  She also is the project director on several Office of Special Education Programs training grants focused on preparing master’s and doctoral students to serve traditionally marginalized populations with disabilities with a focus on equity and improving educational outcomes. Dr. Durán frequently delivers presentations nationally on the topic of recommended practices in language and literacy practices with multilingual learners and she has served on multiple equity and diversity councils including the National Association for Young Children and the Division for Early Childhood. Prior to Dr. Durán’s work in higher education she worked for 9 years as an early childhood special education teacher. 


Ph.D., 2008, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Major: Educational Psychology
M.A., 1999, The George Washington University, Washington D.C.
Major: Education and Human Development
B.A., 1995, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, OH
Major: Elementary Education

Honors and Awards

2014 Special Education and Rehabilitation Department Researcher of the Year Award at USU

2013 Special Education and Rehabilitation Department Teacher of the Year Award at USU

2012 Women and Gender Research Institute Faculty Travel Grant, USU ($500)

2010 Women and Gender Research Institute Faculty Travel Grant, USU ($500)

2009 American Speech and Hearing Association Multicultural Award

2009 New Faculty Initiative Award at Minnesota State University, Mankato

2009 The Douglas R. Moore Lectureship from Minnesota State University, Mankato for exemplary research and scholarship ($4,000)

2006 Bush Leadership Fellowship from the Bush Foundation of Minnesota for outstanding leadership potential ($80,000)

1999 “Shifting Paradigms” 95% scholarship at The George Washington University for three years of study.


Durán, L. & Pollard-Durodola, S. (accepted). Effective bilingual language interventions for young dual language learners with disabilities, Young Exceptional Children

Lund, E. M., Kohlmeier, T. L., & Durán, L. K. (2017). Comparative language development in bilingual children with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review. Journal of Early Intervention, 39, 106-124.

Durán, L. K., Hartzheim, D., Lund, E. M., Simonsmeier, V., & Kohlmeier, T. L. (2016).  Bilingual and home language interventions with young dual language learners: A research synthesis. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools, 47, 347-371.

Pyle, D., Pyle, N., Lignugaris, B., Durán, L., & Akers, J. (2016). Academic Effects of Peer-Mediated Interventions with English Language Learners A Research Synthesis. Review of Educational Research, 0034654316653663.

Durán, L. K., Gorman, B., Kohlmeier, T.,* & Callard, C.* (2015). The development of a Spanish-English early language and literacy curriculum. Early Childhood Education Journal, 44 (5), 453

Pratt, A.,* Justice, L., Durán, L. K., & Perez, A. (2015). Impacts of parent-implemented early-literacy intervention for Spanish-speaking children with language impairment. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 50 (5), 569-579.

Brodhead, M.*, Durán, L., & Bloom, S. E. (2014). Cultural and linguistic diversity in recent language acquisition research. The Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 30 (1), 75-86.


  • The assessment of early language and literacy skills in Spanish-speaking preschoolers
  • Multi-tiered systems of support with dual language learners
  • The development of a Spanish-English supplemental preschool language and literacy curriculum
  • The effects of bilingual preschool instruction on language and literacy development