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Having earned a Ph.D. in Special Education at UCR, I've decided to post my curriculum vitae online. The most complete version of my CV may be viewed by clicking here. The CV listed below may not be as up-to-date.


Jeffry P. La Marca, Ph.D.


Education

Ph.D. Education (Special Education), University of California, Riverside, 2014

Dissertation title: "Neurofeedback as an Intervention to Improve Reading Achievement in Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Inattentive Subtype"

M.A.   Elementary Education, Fine Arts Curriculum, California State University,
San Bernardino, 1988

B.A.    Behavioral Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1982

Certificate in Visual Basic .NET Programming, University of California, Irvine, 2003

Certificate in Internet and Web Technologies
, University of California, Irvine, 2003

Certificate in Fundamentals of Applied Information Systems, University of California, Irvine, 2003

Orff Schulwerk Instructor Internship, California State University, Los Angeles, 1992

  • Only classroom teacher in the nation to appear on the American Orff-Schulwerk Association’s List of Approved Instructors for graduate-level teacher training courses.

Orff Schulwerk Teacher Certification, Chapman College, 1988 to 1990

Multiple Subject Clear Professional Teaching Credential with a Supplementary Authorization in Music, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 1987

Work Experience

Lecturer, University of California, Irvine, 2014

  • EDUC 128: The Exceptional Learner

Instructor, University of California, Riverside, 2012 to 2013

  • EDUC 280L: Foundations in Education: The Learner (Theories of Learning)
  • EDUC 116: The Exceptional Child

Language Lab Administrator, Soka University of America, 2002 to 2012

  • Designed, developed, and responsible for all operations of a state-of-the-art multimedia foreign language laboratory.

Curriculum Analyst, ArtsBridge Project, University of California, Irvine, 2002 to 2003

  • Analyzed, evaluated, and wrote reports on exemplary arts education lessons designed by grant recipients participating in this national program.

Instructor, Education Extension, University of California, Riverside, 1992 to present

  • Instructor, Approaches for Developing Participation and Creativity in Music
  • Instructor, Introduction to Orff Schulwerk.

Music Specialist, Capistrano Unified School District, 1996 to 2000

  • General Music Teacher, Grades K to 6

Adjunct Faculty, Child Development Department, Victor Valley College,
1993 to 1999

  • CLDDEV 45: Music and Movement Experiences for Young Children
  • CLDDEV 44: Math and Science Experiences for Young Children

Classroom Teacher, Victor Elementary School District, 1989 to 1996         

  • Master Teacher (Supervised Student Teachers)
  • Mentor Teacher Selection Committee, 1992 to 1994
  • Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Committee

Classroom Teacher, San Bernardino City Unified School District, 1987 to 1989

Teacher, Riverside County Department of Education, 1987

  • Long-term substitute for an elementary “trainably mentally handicapped” (intellectually disabled) class.

Recreation Therapy Assistant, Methodist Hospital of Southern California, 1980 to 1984   

  • Worked in Occupational Therapy Department and administered therapeutic activities to adult psychiatric patients.

Bassoonist and Contrabassoonist, La Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, 1979 to 1980          

  • Performed as musician with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Extensive international travel and performed for many heads of state

Publications

La Marca, J. P., & O'Connor, R. E. (2016). Neurofeedback as an intervention to improve reading achievement in students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, inattentive subtypeNeuroRegulation, 3(2), 55-77. doi:10.15540/nr.3.2.55

La Marca, J. P. (2014). Neurofeedback as an intervention to improve reading achievement in students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, inattentive subtype (Doctoral dissertation). University of California, Riverside.

La Marca, J. P. (2011). Neurofeedback training for the enhancement of attention in ADD/ADHD children. Journal of Neurotherapy, 15(4), 437-438.

La Marca, J. P. (2011). Neurofeedback Training for the Enhancement of Attention in ADD/ADHD Children. Research poster sessions presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference (April 2011) and the University of California Center for Special Education, Disabilities, & Developmental Risk Conference (May 2011)

La Marca, J. P. (1996). Southern Section. California Music Educators Association CMEA News, February/March 1996, 40.

La Marca, J. P. (1995). Window to the Past – Door to the Future: A Glimpse at an American Genealogy. Yorba Linda, CA: Shumway Family History Services.

La Marca, J. P. (1995). American Orff-Schulwerk Association Publicity-Public Relations Manual. Unpublished guidelines distributed to all chapters of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association on developing effective strategies for promoting Orff Schulwerk at the local level.

La Marca, J. P. (1994). Orff Schulwerk: Supplemental, Essential, or Enrichment. The Orff Beat: Orff-Schulwerk Society of South Africa, 17-21. (Reprint of article that appeared in The Orff Echo.)

La Marca, J. P. (1993). Orff Schulwerk: Supplemental, Essential, or Enrichment. The Orff Echo, Fall, 13-15.

  • Philosophical discussion on the role that Orff Schulwerk should play in American schools
  • Comparison of pedagogical practices found within Orff Schulwerk to Gardner’s Theory of the Multiple Intelligences

(Selected) Presentations and College Courses Taught

Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB)

Eighth Annual International Conference on the Health Risks of Youth

  • “Application of a Biofeedback Strategy to Improve School Performance in Students with Attention Deficits,” Eighth Annual International Conference on the Health Risks of Youth, Cancun, Mexico, January 2017

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)

International Society for Neurofeedback & Research

Biofeedback Society of California

International Society for Neurofeedback & Research

American Educational Research Association

  • “Overview of the First Study on Neurofeedback as an Intervention to Improve Reading Achievement in Students with ADHD, Inattentive Subtype,” Paper presented at 2013 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, April 2013

International Society for Neurofeedback & Research

  • “Neurofeedback Training for the Enhancement of Attention in ADD/ADHD Children,” Research Poster Session, International Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, September 2011        

University of California Center for Special Education, Disabilities, & Developmental Risk

  • Research Poster Session, State Conference, Los Angeles, California, May 2011

Council for Exceptional Children

  • “Neurofeedback Training for the Enhancement of Attention in ADD/ADHD Children,” Research Poster Session, National Conference, National Harbor, Maryland, April 2011

University of California, Riverside Office of Extended Education

  • Presentations, Summer Institute for the Study of the Multiple Intelligences, numerous since 1994

American Orff-Schulwerk Association National Conference

  • Presentation, 2000 National Conference, Rochester, New York
  • Presentation, 1998 National Conference, Tampa, Florida
  • Instructor, Introduction to Orff Schulwerk Course, 1996 National Conference, Memphis, Tennessee

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Office, Child Development Services Department

  • Presentations, Rainbows Conference, 1994 to 1996

Chapman University and the San Diego County Office of Education

  • Instructor, Introduction to Orff Schulwerk, July 1995
  • Instructor, Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Courses, Level I, July 1995

California State University, San Bernardino and the Victor Elementary School District

  • Instructor, Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Course, Level I, 1995

California State University, San Bernardino

  • Instructor, Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Courses, Levels I & II, July 1994
  • Instructor, Orff Schulwerk Teacher Training Course, Level I, July 1993
  • “Orff Schulwerk: Music to Your Ears,” Workshop for Intern Teachers, April 1992

California Music Educators Association State Conference

  • "Applications of the National Standards in Arts Education for the Primary Grades," March 1994
  • "Orff Schulwerk Experiences for the Elementary Student,” March 1994

California Association for the Gifted

  • Presentation, 1993 State Conference, San Jose, California

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Office  

  • Presentation, Oasis 1998 - High Desert Spring Conference (Early Childhood Education), April 1998
  • Presentation, Arts Sampler Conference, October 1993
  • Presentation, Teacher Effectiveness Conference, November 1992

California State University, San Bernardino and the Victor Elementary School District

  • Instructor, "Manipulative-based Math Programs for the K-1 Classroom," 1991

Victor Elementary School District

  • Presentations, High Desert Effective Schools Conferences, 1990  & 1991

California State University, San Bernardino and the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Office

  • Presentation, Arts Across the Curriculum Conference, 1990

Professional Growth Workshops and Presentations (since 1988) for numerous school districts including:

  • Barstow Unified, Beaumont Unified, Capistrano Unified, Chino Unified, Morongo Unified, Murock Unified, Ontario/Montclair Unified, Palmdale Unified, Rialto Unified, San Bernardino City Unified, Victor Elementary, and Yucaipa Joint Unified.

Awards, Grants, and Honors  

ProQuest Most-Accessed Dissertations and Theses: My doctoral dissertation has appeared several times on the monthly list of the top 25 Most-Accessed Dissertations and Theses across all subjects, based upon total PDF downloads. (There are approximately 3 million dissertations in the ProQuest database.) Specifically, my dissertation appears as:

International Society for Neurofeedback & Research, Student Research Grant

  • Funding provided for support of dissertation research (“Neurofeedback as an Intervention to Improve Reading Achievement in Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Inattentive Subtype”)

University of California, Riverside, Recipient of Eady-Hendrick Learning Disabilities Grant

  • Partial tuition for 2011-2012 Academic School Year

United States Department of Education, Special Education Leadership Fellow, (2012-2013)

  • Full tuition for 2012-2013 Academic School Year
  • Funding to attend National Conferences on Special Education
  • Partial reimbursement for research materials pertaining to dissertation

Who’s Who in the World, Listee

  • 2008 (25th Edition) to present

Who’s Who in America, Listee

  • 2007 (61st Edition) to present

Orange County Music and Arts Administrators Association

  • Grant for Using Music Technology in the Classroom, 1999
  • Orange County Music Teacher of the Year, Nominee, 1998

Kiwanis Club of Victorville

  • Grant which provided funding for materials from the Young Astronaut Program for my Kindergarten students. 1990

Woodman of the World

  • Full Scholarship to attend a course on Space and Technology in the Curriculum at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. July 1990

Leadership Positions Held in Professional Organizations     

Region II Representative, National Board of Trustees, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, 1992-1996

  • Served two terms on the board as a representative for the following states: Arizona, California, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. 
  • Chairperson of the Publicity/Public Relations and Nominating Committees
  • Membership on the Media and Research Committees.
  • One of the two classroom teachers ever elected to serve on the board in AOSA's history (founded 1967) and the only classroom teacher to ever serve two terms.

Member, National Advisory Board, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, 1989 to 1992

President, California Music Educators Association - Southern Section, 1995 to 1997

  • Only classroom teacher ever elected to this position.
  • Past President, 1997 to 1999
  • First Vice President, 1993 to 1995
  • Representative, Board of Directors, 1991 to 1993

Founding Member and First President, Inland Counties Chapter, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, 1989 to 1992

  • Past President, 1992 to 1995

Professional Affiliations        

  • American Educational Research Association, 2008 to present
  • American Orff-Schulwerk Association, 1988 to present
  • Attention Deficit Disorder Association, 2010 to present
  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, 2008 to present
  • Council for Exceptional Children, 2008 to present
  • Inland Counties Chapter, American Orff-Schulwerk Association, 1988 to present
  • International Society for Neurofeedback & Research, 2011 to present
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America, 2004 to present

Other Experience

  • Significant accomplishments as an advocate for special needs children in public schools
  • Extensive freelance work as a bassoonist and contrabassoonist

References

Available upon request.

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