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Lori Desautels

Office: Oldenburg Hall, Room 159
Phone: 317.955.6761
E-Mail: ldesautels@marian.edu

Lori Desautels

Faculty

Ph.D., Philosophy/Cognate in Adolescent Thought Formation

M.S., Counseling Psychology and School Counseling

B.S., Special Education (Cognate/Endorsement in Emotional and Learning Disabilities)

Area of Expertise: Educational Neuroscience/Special Education

 

“If we cannot reach them, we cannot teach them"

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Counseling Development.
  • American Mental Health Counseling Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi in Gamma, Marian University and Butler University
  • Member of American Holistic Health Association
  • Member of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners

Awards

  • Outstanding Contributions in the field of disabilities by the Emotionally Handicapped Parent Support Group
  • Recipient of a School Project Award for the Effective Teaching of Reading
  • Outstanding Student Award, Butler University

Experience and Service

  • Seven years of teaching emotionally handicapped children in a self-contained class, (inclusion used when appropriate)
  • Co-owned and operated Indianapolis Counseling Center, specializing in behavioral disorders and school related issues for students and families
  • Worked as a school counselor in Wayne Township, Maplewood Elementary, assisting children with social skills, appropriate role modeling and family dynamics
  • School liaison for children and adolescents who were hospitalized for short-term treatment at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis within the Adolescent Psychiatric Behavioral Care Center
  • Shadow board member for the Educational Board of Mar Elias Educational Institutes in Ibillin, Israel
  • Created “Mentor Me at Marian” a collaborative program and effort matching undergraduate Marian University students with first generation seniors from Lighthouse Academy in Indianapolis, 2012, 2013
  • Faculty in Residence at Crooked Creel Elementary,  co-teaching with fifth grade team applying  research and principles of educational neuroscience, 2013
  • Working with seventh and eighth grade students in a study/research group (thought formation/metacognition), Fall Creek Valley Middle School in Lawrence Township in Indianapolis, 2006, 2007

Presentations and Publications

  • Currently working on the publication of a second book co-authoring with Michael McKnight from Cape May New Jersey (Contemplative Education) Teaching the Whole Student
  • Published book, “How May I Serve You? Revelations in Education” Park East Press, 2012
  • Presenter to Read-Up Americorps training educators on the brain compatible strategies and components of working with students who are struggling readers
  • Annual Presenter at Dyslexia Institute of Indiana
  • Meridian University,  International Conference on Transformative Learning, San Francisco November 2012
  • Quarterly Guest of WGN Radio in Chicago with Bill Moller
  • Professional Development with Washington Township Administrators, quarterly in-services, 2012, 2013
  • Monthly Radio Guest on Catholic Radio in Lexington Kentucky with Leo Brown
  • Behavioral Institute for Children and Adolescents Conference- Presenter (Social and Emotional Research and Strategies in the Classroom).  Minneapolis, 2012
  • Co- Chair for Educational Neuroscience Conference, 2013
  • Chair for Social and Emotional Education Conference for Educators and Parents, 2012
  • Recruited The Hawn Foundation of Mindful Learning Practices to Marian University and hosted a two day neuroscience workshop/conference, 2011
  • Created and taught “Teaching from the Heart” a course designed from my doctoral thesis engaging and connecting teachers and students embracing, “Emotional Intelligence and The Courage to Teach” - Graduate students attending IUPUI  in Indianapolis, Indiana, 2007
  • Guest Blogger for Edutopia, 2013
  • Provide spiritual/psychological articles for children and adults in Branches magazine, 2005-present
  • Authored articles published in Indy’s Child, a local parenting magazine.
  • Authored articles for Branches, an Indiana  Holistic Health  Magazine, based in Indianapolis
  • Published poem, “Ferris Wheel” by Ten Speed Press in an international anthology, entitled "Illuminations" with over 100 artists and writers to include Desmond Tutu and Marianne Williamson

Personal Interests

I love to spend time with my children, read, run, meditate and practice yoga. I love to learn in all moments!

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