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Michelle Adrianne Carter Hicks

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  • Ph.D. in Special Education and Disability Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University (May 2024)
  • Master of Science: Education - Teaching Reading, Old Dominion University (December 2007)
  • Bachelor of Science: Psychology, Hampton University (May 1995)

Line of research

My ine of research is in visual impairments. I examine how improving the skills of pre- and in-service teachers of the visually impaired in the areas of Braille and transition will help produce better post-secondary outcomes for students.

Research and scholarship

  • Rosenblum, L.P., Herzberg, T.S., Wild, T., Botsford, K.D., Fast, D., Kaiser, J.T., Cook, L.K., Hicks, M.A.C., DeGrant, J.N., & McBride, C.R. (2020). Access and Engagement: Examining the Effect of COVID-19 on Students Birth-21 with Visual Impairments, Their Families, and Professionals in the United States and Canada. American Foundation for the Blind.


Michelle Adrianne Carter Hicks is a current doctoral student in the special education and disability policy program at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education. She received her master’s degree in education from Old Dominion University. Michelle holds her teaching certifications in the areas of specific learning disabilities, specific emotional disabilities. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Hampton University. Previously, she worked as a special education teacher in public schools in Maryland and Virginia for 25 years.

What does the Holmes Scholars Program mean to you?

The Holmes Scholars program means that I have support as I traverse the waters to take my place in academia. Also, I look forward to a time when I am able to return the favor and sow into the next generation of Holmes Scholars once I have earned my Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae


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