Kathryn Welby is the director of teacher preparation programs and a faculty member at Merrimack College. Dr.
Welby teaches a wide variety of special education courses. Her current research and professional goal is to
improve distance learning for children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). Other research includes
the investigation of schools located in opioid crisis regions and the impact the epidemic is having on students,
school districts and educators. Additionally, she has an extensive background presenting research and
professional development nationally for teachers and administrators. Dr. Welby holds Massachusetts licensures
as a special education administrator, principal, moderate disabilities teacher, and an elementary teacher and
brings years of practitioner experience into her course development, teaching, publishing, research, and