Dr. James Cressey is the Education Department Chair and the coordinator of the Chris Walsh Center for Educators and Families of MetroWest at Framingham State University. He teaches courses in special education, inclusive practices, and social-emotional learning. He worked previously with children and families for several years as a licensed special educator and nationally certified school psychologist. Dr. Cressey’s research and service are focused on inclusion and equity through evidence-based inclusive practices such as universal design for learning, social-emotional learning, culturally responsive practices, positive behavioral interventions and supports, and multi-tiered systems of support. He lives here in Framingham with his husband and daughter and enjoys spending time with his family and friends, singing and playing musical instruments, cooking, and knitting.