Delia (Dee) Malone
Dr. Malone retired in May 2019.
Dr. Delia G. Malone earned her Ph.D. at Georgia State University in Education of Students with Exceptionalities, with a concentration in Early Childhood Special Education and a cognate in typical and atypical development. While at Georgia State University she was a Graduate Research Assistant and the manager of the grant for the Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Initiative, a statewide project to provide needs assessment and training to multidisciplinary service providers. Her master’s degree is in Intellectual Disabilities and her undergraduate degree is in Music Education.
Prior to earning her Ph.D., Dr. Malone devoted her career to public education. She held district-wide positions in a large school district serving as Preschool Special Education Coordinator/Child Find Coordinator and Consultant for Special Education Curriculum. In these positions she had responsibility for directing the preschool special education program including hiring multidisciplinary staff: teachers, teacher assistants, occupational and physical therapists, and psychologists. Her ongoing responsibilities included directly supervising teachers, observing and consulting within classrooms, conducting weekly screening clinics, assisting families through referral and placement, and collaborating with a number of agencies within the community. Prior to assuming administrative roles, she taught Special Education in the areas of moderate Intellectual Disabilities and Autism, Learning Disabilities, and Emotional and Behavior Disorders. Dr. Malone holds a current South Carolina Educator’s Certificate in the following areas: Psychology, Special Education (including mild and moderate Intellectual Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities), Music Education–Piano, Elementary Principal, and Elementary Supervisor.
Dr. Malone’s research interests are in early identification of disabilities, early referral and access to services, and remediation/prevention of learning problems. She has presented in various venues including national/international conferences, and has published in peer-reviewed journals. At Georgia State University she received the Fund for Education Award, and the Outstanding Dissertation in Special Education Award in the College of Education, and the resulting article published in Journal of Early Intervention (JEI) was chosen as one of the top ten articles of the year for that journal. She has served on various boards and committees related to children’s services, especially for children with delays or disabilities.