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Marilyn Likins, Ph.D.

Reseach Associate Professor - Mild/Moderate Coordinator
Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

  • Mild/Moderate Disabilities
  • Preparation programs for teachers and paraeducators
  • Building career pathways and state infrastructures for paraeducators
  • Behavior Analysis
  • Facilitating collaborative relationships at local, state and national levels


For the last twelve years, Marilyn Likins has served as the Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Paraeducators in Education and Related Services (NRCP), Department of Special Education at Utah State University, Logan, UT.  As a research associate professor, Dr. Likins also directs the Mild/Moderate Alternative Teacher Preparation Program, Department of Special Education and Related Services at Utah State University (2001-present).  Marilyn began working in the field of education, as a teacher's aide working with young adults with moderate/severe disabilities.  After three years, she took a job as a behavior specialist at Children's Behavior Therapy Unit (CBTU) in Salt Lake City to teach children with severe emotional/behavioral needs. Following graduate school, Dr. Likins research efforts have concentrated primarily on teacher and paraeducator preparation.  Through a number of federal staff development initiatives, Dr. Likins work has focused on building state infrastructures for paraeducators on a local and national level.  This effort has centered primarily in the areas of state and national policy, training for paraeducators, teachers and administrators, and building career pathways at the district, community college and university level. She has authored several book chapters and articles and designed curriculum and video-based instructional materials.