Meera R. Mehtaji, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Counseling and Special Education

Meera R. Mehtaji, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in special education and disability policy, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.Ed. in special education with a concentration in general education, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.Ed. in special education with a concentration in learning disabilities, S.N.D.T University
  • B.A. in English, Mumbai University

Research interests

  • Peer victimization of students with disabilities
  • Classroom social dynamics and its implication of teaching practice

Recent Publications/Projects

Farmer,T., Daws, M., Hamm, J.V., Mehtaji. M, Hoffman, A.S., Brooks, D.S., & Huneke, M. (2017) Classroom Social Dynamics Management: Why the Invisible Hand of the Teacher Matters for Special Education. Remedial and Special Education. doi: 10.1177/0741932517718359

Dawes, M., Chen, C. C., Zumbrunn, S. K., Mehtaji, M., Farmer, T. W., & Hamm, J. V. (2016). Teacher attunement to peer‐nominated aggressors. Aggressive Behavior, 43, 263-272. doi: 10.1002/ab.21686

Farmer, T. W., Chen, C. C., Hamm, J. V., Moats, M. M., Mehtaji, M., Lee, D. L., Huneke, M. R. (2016). Supporting teachers’ management of middle school social dynamics: The scouting report process. Intervention in School and Clinic, 52, 67-76. doi: 10.1177/1053451216636073

Farmer, T., Wike, T. L., Alexander, Q. R., Rodkin, P. C., & Mehtaji, M. (2015). Students with disabilities and involvement in peer victimization theory, research, and considerations for the future. Remedial and Special Education, 36, 263-274. doi: 10.1177/0741932515572911

Chen, C. C., Hamm, J. V., Farmer, T. W., Lambert, K., & Mehtaji, M. (2015). Exceptionality and peer victimization involvement in late childhood subtypes, stability, and social marginalization. Remedial and Special Education, 36, 312-324. doi: 10.1177/0741932515579242


Dr. Meera Mehtaji is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Education and teaches courses in the . She is also co-coordinator of the adapted curriculum concentration within the School of Education’s  program. In addition, Dr. Mehtaji serves as the co-training director of Virginia Leadership Education in Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Va-LEND), a federally-funded, interdisciplinary training program that involves preparing students and community professionals from 13 different disciplines. Her research interests focus on classroom social dynamics, bullying involvement of students with disabilities, and the impact teachers can have supporting students with disabilities in mainstream classrooms.

Curriculum Vitae

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