Dr. Zurheide holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.A. in Learning and Instruction from the University of San Francisco. She began teaching through the Teach for America program and taught for 9 years in urban public, charter, and therapeutic schools in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay area, primarily working with middle and high school students with emotional and behavioral disabilities.
Dr. Zurheide earned her Ph.D. in Special Education along with an M.Ed. in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her dissertation focused on measuring the quality of relationships between teachers and students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Her current research interests focus on preparing teachers to more effectively work with students with challenging behavior.
Dr. Zurheide has published and presented nationally at conferences including the Council for Exceptional Children Convention, the Pacific Coast Research Conference, and the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders.