Doreen Ferko, Ph.D.

Professor of Special Education
Coordinator of Mild/Moderate Education Specialist Credential

Office Phone: (951) 343-4238
Office Location: YCTR B235
Office Hours:

Degree Major Emphasis Institution Year
Ph.D. Special Education/Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Purdue University 2001
M.A. Special Education/Specific Learning Disability California State University at Northridge 1995
B.A. Psychology University of California at San Diego 1988
  • Courses Taught

    ECH 340, 350, 365, 375, 385, 525
    EDU 341, 411, 511, 541, 525, 541
    SPE 520, 546, 550, 551, 555, 558
    HED 520

  • Academic Areas & Scholarly Interests

    Dr. Ferko's research interests are in the following areas:

    * the use of Applied Behavior Analysis to address challenging/violent behaviors
    * cultural influences on behavior
    * science instruction for individuals with disabilities
    * service provision for individuals with disabilities in correctional settings

  • Teaching Experience at Institutions Other than CBU

    * California State University at Fullerton, 2001-2008
    * Purdue University, 1995-2001
    * Dubnoff Center for Child Development, 1990-1995
    * Ulysses S. Grant High School, 1993

  • Research, Presentations, & Publications

    Lee, D. L., Therrin, W., Hua, Y., Ferko, D. J. K., & Hoodak, G. (2012, October). Accepted. “Setting neutral” solutions for modifying content area instruction for students with EBD. To be presented at the 36th Annual TECBD Conference On Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth, Tempe, Arizona.
    Lee, D. L. & Ferko, D. J. K. (2011, October). Why students with EBD don’t do homework. Presented at the 35th Annual TECBD Conference On Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth, Tempe, Arizona.
    Ferko, D. J. K. (2011, May). The effect of student teacher rapport on student shoice of academic behaviors. Presented at the 37th Annual Convention of the Association of behavior Analysis International, Denver, Colorado.
    Ferko. D. J. K. & Ferko, T. (2011, February). Teaching science by linking inquiry-based activities to current events. Presented at the 48th Annual International Conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, Jacksonville, FL.
    Lee, D. L., Hua, Y. & Ferko, D. J. K. (2010, October). Some contributions of Applied Behavior Analysis to Teaching Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Presented at the 34th Annual TECBD Conference On Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth, Tempe, Arizona.
    Sylva, J., Ferko, D. J. K., & Robinson, S. (2010, May). Beyond "I Got It": Moving from Acquisition to Adaptation. Presented at the 36th Annual Convention of the Association of Behavior Analysis International, San Antonio, Texas.
    Ferko. D. J. K., Prins, B., & Ferko, T. (2010, February). Living Science Activities for Teachers, Parents, and Students Presented at the 47th Annual International Conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, Baltimore, MD.
    Ferko, D. J. K., & Jung, W. S. (2009, April). Korean Parent’s Participation in the IEP Process. Presented at the Annual Convention for the Council for Exceptional Children, Seattle, WA.
    Ferko, D. J., K., & Jung. W. S. (2009, April). Korean's Perceptions of Disabilities and Appropriate Education for People with Disabilities. Presented at the 2009 Association for Educational Research Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
    Jung, W., Stang, K., Ferko, D. J. K., & Han, S. (submitted). Cultural influences on the ratings of behavioral problems, emotional problems and school adjustment, for Korean and Korean American adolescents. Journal of Comparative Education
    Jung, W. S., Stang, K., Ferko, D. J. K., & Han, S. (2011). A commentary on cultural influence impacting the education of Korean American adolescents. American Secondary Education, 40,31-38.
    Ferko, D. J. K., Jung, W., & Kim, S. S. (2010). Korean Americans’ perceptions and attitudes toward people with disabilities: Determination of inclusion issues. Journal of International Special Needs Education,13, 23-31.
    Ferko, D. J. K., Jung, W. S., & Huang, S. (2008). Beliefs about early intervention services for students with disabilities among Taiwanese and Taiwanese Americans. Journal of International Special Needs Education, 4, 1-32.
    Ferko, D., & Jung, W. (2007). A qualitative study of Korean Immigrant parents’ participation in the IEP process: Their perceptions and barriers. The Asia-Pacific Journal of Inclusive Education,4, 1-32.
    Ferko, T., & Ferko, D. J. K. (2009, February). Doing Science: Science Activities for Teachers, Parents, and Students Related Science Standards. Presented at the 46th Annual International Conference of the Learning Disabilities Association of America, Salt Lake City, UT.
    Ferko, D. J., K. (2009, January). 20 Ways to Address Challenging Behavior. Presented at the Joni and Friends Disabilities Ministry Summit, Pasadena, CA.

  • Church Membership & Activities

    Member of Cornerstone Bible Church, Garden Grove, CA
    From 2002-2008 I served in the Pebbles ministry (birth to age 5). In 2008 I began serving in the Children’s ministry (pre-school to 6thgrade) as the 2ndgrade (7 & 8 year olds) and I currently teach the K-1 class. I also taught for our vacation bible school from 2008-2010 and helped with food set up and distribution from 2010-2012. Beginning in 2010 I served as a coordinator of food service for our annual Harvest Festival and Vacation Bible School. As needed, I participate in the Meals on Wheels (MOW) ministry that provides meals to new moms and their families or families that have other needs and may benefit from some extra meal assistance. I am a Care Group co-leader andFinally, I have faithfully and consistently attended Sunday morning worship, weekly bible studies, and annual church retreats (Heb. 10:24 & 25).

  • Community Service & Involvement

    * American Education Research Association
    * National Association of Christians in Special Education
    * Council for Exceptional Children
    * Association for Behavior Analysis
    * California Association for Behavior Analysis

    Community Service
    * Liaison to Stokoe Elementary
    * Board Member for the Access Center, Riverside
    * Riverside-Erlangen Sister City Committee for the city of Riverside.
    *Help with Cub Scout Pack 703

  • Interests & Hobbies

    Outdoor Activities

    Czech Republic

    Married with two children

  • Personal Philosophy

    According to the Westminster Shorter Catechism “Man's chief end is to glorify God, [a] and to enjoy him forever” ( If we are to glorify God and enjoy Him, we must know Him or learn about Him, and do this forever. In light of this, my philosophy stands on three “chief or aims.” The first chief aim is developing effective teacher learners. To do this I need to first be a learner myself. I need to assess where students are at, then use the assessment data to inform how I facilitate their pursuit of where they need to be. The second aim of my philosophy of teaching involves developing teacher scholars. Scholars are seekers/learners who are critical consumers of the literature related to their field. As a result they stay informed of current and validated practices so that they are on the cutting edge of their fields. Scholars are also masters of their discipline and contributors to their field. Whether it is a parent conference, school site in-service, conference presentation or journal publication, scholars are experts who people can turn to. The third pillar of my philosophy is developing the teacher leader. Leaders are a diverse group of individuals and leadership may be formal or informal however, the development of teacher leaders begins with the attitude that change can be teacher-driven. Teacher leaders are individuals who accept the responsibilities available for improving the educational success of students. This may begin within one’s direct sphere of influence but as one takes the initiative to lead, one’s sphere of influence grows. Whether this influence is formal, by way of leading a group or writing an important document, or informal, by way of the day to day interactions teacher has with others. Teacher leaders are also individuals who are grounded, influenced by a stable source of truth that helps them to understand the people and situations that they encounter.

    “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire” (Yeats, 1865-1939)
    Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.