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
502 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)
Awards and Honors:
  • Distinguished Professor; LAI Graduate Student Association; 2015-05-02;
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.
  • Lamb, R. Antonenko, P., Etopio, E., & Secciai, A. (2018). Comparison of virtual reality and hands on activities in science education via functional near infrared spectroscopy. Computers & Education, 124, 14-26.
  • Lamb, R., Etopio, E., Lamb, R.E. (2018). Virtual reality play theory. International Journal of Play Therapy, 13(1), 22-25.
Book Chapter:
  • Lamb, R., & Etopio, E. (2019). VR has it: A framework for virtual reality integration into therapy. In J. Stone (Ed.), Integrating Technology into Modern Therapies: A Clinician’s Guide, New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Lamb, R., & Etopio, E. (2019). Preservice science teacher preparation using virtual reality. Proceeding for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education 2019. 162-167.
Recent Presentations:
  • Croce, K., Watson-VanDiver, M., Hong, H., Rice-Moran, R., Miller, B., Martin, C., Lamb, R., Etopio, E., Firestone, J., & Kalman, C. (2020, March 15-18). Developing science literacy and the potential for conceptual change. [Panel Presentation]. NARST Annual Conference, Portland, OR [Conference cancelled].;
  • Lamb, R., and Etopio, E. (2020, January 9-11). Measurement of virtual reality based science teacher preparation simulations [Paper Session] ASTE Annual Meeting San Antonio, TX.;
  • Lamb, R., Etopio, E., Hand, B. & Yoon, S. (2020, Apr 17 - 21) Stimulation of Argumentative and Summary Writing in Science Using Virtual Reality Environments [Roundtable Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA (Conference Canceled);
  • Rosenblith, S., Gorlewski, J., Stone-Johnson, C., Winkelsas, A., Etopio, E. (2019, October 29-31). Dare we adopt a justice-oriented approach to teacher education? Re-centering students, schools, and communities. [Panel Presentation]. AESA Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.;
  • Winkelsas, A., Zhai, L., Etopio, E., Gorlewski, J., Rosenblith, S. N. & Shafaei, N. (2020, Apr 17 - 21) "We're Here, but Y'all Don't Make It Easy": Barriers and Opportunities for Diversifying the Profession [Paper Session]. AERA Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA (Conference Canceled);
Recent Grants:
  • Collaborating to Create Virtual Reality Experiences for Shaping Teacher Candidates’ Professional Dispositions; State; SUNY: Teach NY Implementation Fund; Awarded; (12/01/2019-06/30/2021)
  • University at Buffalo Teacher Residency Program; Federal; US Department of Education: Teacher Quality Partnership; Awarded; (07/01/2019-06/30/2025)
  • Teacher education using immersive virtual reality environments.; State; Innovative Instruction Technology Grant; Awarded; (04/12/2017-06/30/2017)
  • TeachLivE: Enhancing Pedagogical Practice within a Simulated Environment; Local; GSE SEED grant; Awarded; (06/01/2016-06/15/2017)
  • Magic of Music for Head Start; Local; Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo; Awarded; (08/01/2014-06/15/2015)
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

502 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-4034