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San Diego State University


Christopher Brum, PhD

Dr. Brum began his career as a special education teacher for Boston Public Schools and eventually received his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with focus on Special Education from Boston College. He was selected for a doctoral fellowship with the National Leadership Consortium on Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD). NLCSD, an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) funded personnel preparation program, sponsored thirty scholars from across the nation in the areas of deafness, blindness and deafblindness for doctoral studies and an on-going enrichment program. Dr. Brum’s areas of interest include deafblindness, low-incidence disabilities, autism, literacy instruction and communication development. Currently, Dr. Brum is working as a Site Coordinator and Literacy Coach for the Center on Secondary Education for student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA), as well as researching how literacy can support communication development for individuals with congenital deafblindness.


Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction, Special Education/Deafblindness

Sep. 2010 - Aug. 2016


M.Ed. Severe Disabilities / Deafblindness

Passed Master’s Comprehensive Examination with Distinction

Apr. 2007 - Dec. 2008


Northeastern University, Boston, MA

B.S. Psychology

Minor in Biology and coursework in Physical Therapy.

Sep. 2001 – Apr. 2005

Selected Publications:

  • Bruce, S., Sacks, S., & Brum, C. (2016). Assessment of students who have visual impairments and additional disabilities. In S. Sacks and M. Zatta (Eds.), Keys to Educational Success: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities. New York: AFB Press. 
  • Bruce, S., Brum, C., & Nannemann, A. (2015). Communication programming implications for individuals with genetic causes of severe disability and visual impairment. Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 24, 94-105. 

Christopher Brum

Christopher Brum, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Special Education
College of Education, SDSU
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-1170
Office Location:  NE 97
Office phone: 619-594-4814