University at Buffalo

Elisabeth Etopio

Elisabeth Etopio

Assistant Dean, Teacher Education

Clinical Associate Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Curriculum and Instruction; Access and Equity; Early Childhood Education; Equity and Poverty; Music Education; Urban Education; Virtual Reality

Contact Information
501 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-4034

Education and Training:
  • PhD, University at Buffalo, Elementary Education (2009)
  • EdM, University at Buffalo, General Education (2000)
  • BM, Ithaca College, Music Education (1995)
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Lamb, R. and Etopio, E. (2020). Virtual reality: A tool for preservice science teachers to put theory into practice. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 29, 573-585.
Book Chapter:
  • Chang, C., Etopio, E., Kearney, E., Mawer, D. (2021). VR immersion in the ELA classroom: Supporting the professional development of novice teachers. In Rice, M., and Moran, C. (Eds.) Augmented and Virtual Reality in English Language Arts. Lanham, MD: Rowman.
  • Lamb, R. & Etopio, E. (2020). Therapeutic extended reality. In Kaduson, H. and Schaefer, C (Eds.) Play Therapy with Children: Modalities for Change. Chicago: APA.
  • Lamb, R. & Etopio, E. (2020). Virtual reality for preservice teachers. In Bradley, E. (Ed.) Games and Simulations in Teacher Education. New York: Springer Nature.
Recent Presentations:
  • Etopio, E., Zhai, L., Gorlewski, J., Kearney, E., Rosenblith, S., Seccia, A., Stone-Johnson, C., Winkelsas, A., (2021, April). Reflecting on Culturally and Linguistically Relevant Teaching Practice: A One-Year Teacher Residency Program. [Roundtable Session]. AERA Virtual Annual Meeting.;
  • Kearney, E., Seccia, A., Gorlewski, J., Etopio, E., Rosenblith, S. N. & Stone-Johnson, C., Winkelsas, A., Zhai, L.. (2021, April). Creating a Context for Change: Teacher Residency Coursework and Curriculum as Transformational. [Paper Session]. AERA Virtual Annual Meeting.;
  • Winkelsas, A., Stone-Johnson, C., Rosenblith, S., Etopio, E., Gorlewski, J., Kearney, E., Seccia, A., Zhai, L. (2021, April). Identity and Professional Socialization in an Urban Teacher Residency Program. [Paper Session]. AERA Virtual Annual Meeting.;
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Publications Commission Chair for Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) oversee editorial and review activities for GIML publications
Professional Service:
  • Vice-President for Convention: Early Childhood Music and Movement Association
  • New York State School Music Association; Research Committee
  • Northeast Regional Representative for ECMMA (Early Childhood Music and Movement Association)

Contact Information

501 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-4034