Kirsten Bonifacio is a Graduate Assistant at the Early Childhood Center within the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University. Kirsten is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program in the W.W. Wright School of Education at Indiana University.
Bonifacio completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Child Development at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI. During her undergraduate career, much of her research was focused around CHARGE Syndrome. CHARGE Syndrome is a rare developmental disability which is the leading cause of congenital deaf blindness in the world. Bonifacio’s research examined communication systems for children with CHARGE and the difficulties surrounding communication for these individuals. Kirsten also studied preschool children’s perceptions of race and skin color and their implications in early education.
As a graduate assistant, Bonifacio is looking to soak in as much information and knowledge of the field as possible. She has a special interest in preschool special education and the importance of early intervention.
In the future, Kirsten aspires to work in academia with the possibility of working at a place like the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. Her ultimate goal is to influence the lives of children and families of children with disabilities.