College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Dr. Grace L. Francis
PhD, University of Kansas
Associate Professor
Helen A. Kellar Institute for Human disAbilities
Sp Ed: Adapted Curriculum
Special Education

Contact Information

Send email to Dr. Francis

Phone: (703) 993-6064
Fax: (703) 993-3681
Email: gfranci4 (@gmu.edu)

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Finley Building 216
4400 University Dr.
MS 1F2
Fairfax, VA 22030

Research Interests

Disability, Family Support, Family-Professional Partnerships, Transition, Adulthood  

Recent Publications

Selected Recent Publications 

Francis, G. L., Duke, J. M., Fujita, M., Raines, A. (2021). Goal setting to support mental wellness among adolescents with disabilities and co-occurring mental health needs. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 53(5), 350-358. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040059920974706

Francis, G. L., Lavín, C. E., Sanchez, J., Reed, A. S., & Mason, L. H. (2021). Inclusive education definitions and practices: Exploring perspectives of education professionals in Mexico City. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 18(1), 58-68. https://doi.org/10.1111/jppi.12356

Howard, M., Reed, A. S., & Francis, G. L. (2021). “It’s my meeting!” Involving high school students with significant disabilities in the Individualized Education Program process. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 53(4), 290-298. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040059920958739

Francis, G. L., Duke, J. M. & Siko, L. (2020). Be Ready, Be Well: A conceptual framework for supporting well-being among college students with disabilities. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 33(2), 129-141. Retrieved from https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ1273675

Francis, G. L., Gershwin, T., Turnbull, H. R., Raines, A. (2020). Social role valorization of caregivers in school systems: The influence of terminology in federal education legislation. Special Educator e-Journal. Retrieved from https://www.naset.org/index.php?id=5733#c43555

Francis, G. L., Reed, A. S., & Howard, M. E. (2020). Interactions with and between families and professionals in college: Perspectives of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Inclusion, 8(2), 163-179. https://doi.org/10.1352/2326-6988-8.2.163

Francis, G. L., Lavín, C. E., Sanchez, J., Reed, A. S., & Mason, L. H. (2020). Inclusive education definitions and practices: Exploring perspectivse of education professionals in Mexico City. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual DIsabilities. Early online release. https://doi.org/10.1111/jppi.12356

Lavín, C. E., Francis, G. L., Mason, L., & Lesueur, R. (2020). Inclusive education in Mexico City: An exploratory study. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education. Early online release: https://doi.org/10.1080/1034912X.2020.1749572

 Francis, G. L., Gross, J. M. S., Lavín, C. E., Casarez, L., & Sheets, N. (2020). Facing double jeopardy: The transition experiences of Latina family caregivers of young adults with disabilities living in a rural community. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 39, 17-34. https://doi.org/10.1177/8756870519879069

Rowe, D. A. & Francis, G. L. (2020). Reflective thinking: Considering the intersection of microcultures in IEP planning and implementation. TEACHING Exceptional. Children, 53(1), 4-6. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040059920952007

Francis, G. L., Duke, J. M., Fujita, M., & Sutton, J. C. (2019). “It’s a constant fight:” Experiences of college students with disabilities. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 32(3), 247-261.

Kyzar, K., Mueller, T. G., Francis, G. L., & Haines, S. J. (2019). Special education teacher preparation for family-professional partnerships: Results from a national survey of teacher educators. Teacher Education and Special Education. Early online release doi: 10.1177/0888406419839123

Francis, G. L., & Chiu, C. (2019). The way to ultimate wisdom: An exploratory qualitative study on Taiwanese students with disabilities attending college. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities. Early online release: doi: 10.1080/20473869.2019.1576408

Francis, G. L., & Reed, A. S. (2019). Rethinking efforts to ground the helicopter parent: Parent experiences providing support to young adults with disabilities. Focus on Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Early online release: doi: 10.1177/1088357619827931

Francis, G. L., Regester, A., & Reed, A. S. (2019). Barriers and supports to parent involvement and collaboration during transition to adulthood. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 42, 235-245. doi: 10.1177/2165143418813912

Francis, G. L., Stride, A., & Reed, A. S. (2018). Transition strategies and recommendations: Perspectives of parents of young adults with disabilities. British Journal of Special Education, 45, 277-301. doi: 10.1111/1467-8578.12232 

Francis, G. L., Gross, J. M. S., Magiera, L., Schmalzried, J., Monroe-Gulick, A., & Reed, S. (2018). Supporting students with disabilities, families, and professionals to collaborate during the transition to adulthood. International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities, 54, 71-104. doi: 10.1016/bs.irrdd.2018.07.004

Haines, S. J., Francis, G. L., Kyzar, K. B., Aldersey, H. M., & Adams, N. B. (2018). Family-professional partnership with refugee families whose children have disabilities. International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities, 54, 35-70. doi: 10.1016/bs.irrdd.2018.07.002

Francis, G. L., Gross, J. M. S., Lavín, C., Casarez, L., & Sheets, N. (2018). Hispanic caregiver’s experiences supporting positive post-school outcomes for young adults with disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 56, 337-353. doi: 10.1352/1934-9556-56.5.337

Francis, G. L., Duke, J. M., Brigham, F. J., & Demetro, K. (2018). Student perceptions of college-readiness, college services and supports, and family involvement in college: An exploratory study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48, 3573-3585. doi: 10.1007/s10803-018-3622-x

Francis, G. L., Gordon, S., Kliethermes, A. J., Regester, A., Baldini, D., & Grant, A. (2018). Developing and implementing a postsecondary education program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Processes and procedures. The Teacher Educators’ Journal, 11, 134-156.

Gross, J. M. S., Choi, H., & Francis, G. L. (2018). Perceptions of Family Engagement and Support in SWIFT schools. Inclusion, 6, 60-74. doi: 10.1352/2326-6988-6.1.60