Shamby Polychronis, PhD
Ph.D. University of Utah
Shamby Polychronis is an Associate Professor at Westminster College. Dr. Polychronis has served on multiple grant projects, co-authored several articles and textbooks, and presented at state and national conferences. Her scholarly interests include post-school outcomes for students, family support services, and teacher education. She serves as chair for the Human Rights Committee of TASH, a national organization to promote the equity, diversity and quality of life for children and adults with disabilities. Dr. Polychronis teaches courses on the Disability Rights Movement, autism (debunking myths and stereotypes), inclusive educational practices, and effective methodologies for individualizing instruction. She advocates for social justice issues including alternatives to guardianship, full inclusion in school and community environments, eliminating aversive interventions, and meaningful employment.
Dr. Polychronis joined the Westminster family in 2006 and organizes several campus events each year to bring attention to disability-related issues. These events include Neurodiversity Week in the spring, Family Fun Day for children with autism, and bringing speakers and advocates to campus. She is a member of the Disability Resource Committee and serves as the faculty mentor for Exceptional Griffins, a student club sponsored by The Associated Students of Westminster (ASW).