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Friday photos: Cathy Griffith
Wouldn't you like to have Cathy as a collaborator?
Catherine Aurentz Griffith, who is an associate professor in special education at Clemson University, has so many skills and competencies that I’m fearful I may overlook some in my recitation of them. Not only does she know special education and her focal areas of learning and behavioral interventions, but she also concentrates on systematic, explicit instruction, applied behavior analysis, and research.
Obviously, there is overlap among those interests; they are not mutually exclusive. But that list is not exhaustive. She has a background in neuroscience, she’s studied reading development, and she gives a damn about people (including her students).
I can assert these aspects of Cathy’s work because I had the pleasure of working with her during her doctoral studies at Virginia, before she decamped to South Carolina and took up with Clemson. We’ve kept up with each other a bit. This photo is from one time when we were both attending the Pacific Coast Research Conference and we went a little way north to have lunch on the porch at the Hotel del Coronado (visible in the background).
In addition to all her academic qualifications, Cathy’s simply a wonderful person with whom to work. At Clemson she has been collaborating with the also-quite-competent and -delightful Professor Shanna Hirsch (see also, Friday phots—15). Like Shanna, Cathy is navigating the demands of raising children while performing the academic and instructional duties of higher education.
You can learn more about Cathy by reading an October 2022 feature from Clemson News and by perusing her curriculum vita.