Assistant Professor of Special Education; Chair of Special Education
Office: Peterson Hall 411
Education: BA, Pacific Lutheran University, 1982; MAEd., Pacific Lutheran University, 1998; PhD, University of Washington, 2008. At SPU since 2009.
Debby Hudson received her PhD in special education, specializing in autism and severe disabilities, from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in early childhood special education with an emphasis in sociology from Pacific Lutheran University. Before coming to Seattle Pacific University, Dr. Hudson spent nearly 20 years in the public school system as a general education elementary teacher, physical education specialist, early childhood special education teacher and Headstart special education consultant. Dr. Hudson commutes to SPU from Poulsbo on the Kitsap Peninsula.
At SPU, Dr. Hudson teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in special education. Included in her course load is a University Seminar class entitled, "The Wonderful World of Autism" and a Special Topics in Special Education course providing a more advanced class in autism.
Dr. Hudson’s teaching and research interest focus on the investigation of improving conversation skills among young children with autism and exploring the direct effects on potential socialization skills and play partners. The conversation skills are emphasized by training typically developing peers to prompt conversation among their peers with autism.
Please view Dr. Hudson's C.V. (PDF) for a list of publications.
Why I Teach at SPU
Debby Hudson, Assistant Professor of Special Education; Chair, Special Education
"I teach at SPU because here my passion and dedication to educate children with special needs – with strengths, interests, and the ability to learn – may be taught to SPU students under the guidance and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Here, I may include the wisdom and strength of the Holy Scripture in lessons to enhance the understanding and inclusion of all children, regardless of disability or illness, in our schools and society as a whole."