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PhD, George Mason University
Associate Professor
Assistive and Special Education Technology
Center for Social Equity Through Science Education
Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities
Sp Ed: General Curriculum
Special Education

Contact Information

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Phone: (703) 993-5256
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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Finley Building 216
4400 University Dr.
MS 1F2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Anya S. Evmenova, PhD is an associate professor in the Division of Special Education and disability Research. Dr. Evmenova teaches master and doctoral courses in special education, assistive technology, and research methods. She is an active contributor to the field of special education and assistive technology research, regularly publishing and presenting at national and international conferences. Her research interests include the use of assistive/instructional technology for cognitive development and access to academic instruction for learners with various abilities and needs; Universal Design for Learning (UDL); and effective online teaching and learning. Development and research of technology-based interventions for academic settings is the primary focus of her work. She has acquired  $5 million in external funding to support her design research endeavors. Dr. Evmenova has been recognized for the use of UDL in her own teaching by the 2017 GMU Teaching Excellence Award for Technology-Enhanced Teaching and 2018 GMU Online Teaching Excellence Award. She is currently serving as the Past President for the Council for Exceptional Children’s Technology and Media (TAM) Division. She is also a research strand advisor for the Assistive Technology Industry Association, and Vice president for Members at the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. Dr. Evmenova is a member of editorial boards for top journals such as Exceptional Children and Journal of Special Education Technology. Finally, Dr. Evmenova also has a strong interest in international education. She has conducted numerous workshops on inclusive education and UDL for international teachers from all over the world. Her recent invited presentations were conducted in Pakistan, Argentina, and Cameroon. 

Research Interests

  • Single-subject/case research
  • Mixed methods research
  • Qualitative research
  • Using assistive and instructional technology to support academic instruction for students with various abilities and needs
  • Supporting content instruction for students with high-incidence disabilities with technology
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Providing effective and engaging online teaching and learning
  • Exploring inclusive education around the world​​​​​​​ - international inclusive education

Recent Publications

Evmenova, A. S. (in press). Preparing teachers to use Universal Design for Learning to support diverse learners. Journal of Online Learning and Research

Regan, K., Evmenova, A. S., Good, K., Leggit, A, Gafurov, G., & Mastropieri, M. (2017). Persuasive writing with mobile-based graphic organizers in inclusive classrooms across the curriculum. Journal of Special Education Technology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0162643417727292

King-Sears, M. E., Evmenova, A. S., & Johnson, T. (2017). Providing accessible chemistry homework for high school students with and without disabilities. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 32, 121-131. doi:10.1111/ldrp.12129

Weiss, M., Evmenova, A. S., Duke, J., & Kennedy, M. (2016). Creating Content Acquisition Podcasts (CAPs): The intersection of content, pedagogy, and technology. Journal of Special Education Technology, 31, 228-235. Doi: 10.1177/0162643416673916

Ainsworth, M. K., Evmenova, A. S., Behrmann, M., & Jerome M. K. (2016). Teaching phonics to groups of middle school students with autism, intellectual disabilities and complex communication needs. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 56, 165-176. doi:10.1016/j.ridd.2016.06.001

Evmenova, A. S., Regan, K., Boykin, A., Good, K., Hughes, M. D., MacVittie, N. P., Sacco, D., Ahn, S. Y., & Chirinos, D. S. (2016). Emphasizing planning for essay writing with a computer-based graphic organizer. Exceptional Children, 82, 170-191. doi: 10.1177/0014402915591697