Texas Tech University

Rona Pogrund, Ph.D.

Special Education

Email: rona.pogrund@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-3865 (office)

Phone: 806-252-8026 (cell)

Office: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Austin, TX Building 605, Room 135


Rona Pogrund is a Professor in the Special Education Program in the College of Education. She has been Coordinator of the Program for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments in the Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Sensory Disabilities since joining the Texas Tech faculty in 2005. She has over forty years of experience in the field of visual impairment as a teacher of students with visual impairments, as an orientation and mobility specialist, as a special education administrator, as a staff development trainer, and as a faculty member. Dr. Pogrund was previously the Director of the Orientation and Mobility Program at California State University, Los Angeles for six years prior to moving to Texas in 1991. She has been a Principal or Co-Principal Investigator for multiple state and federal grants totaling over $7,450,000 and presents regularly at the state, national, and international levels. Dr. Pogrund offices in Austin at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. 

Rona Pogrund, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. from University of Southern California in 1982- Special Education and Educational Administration
  • M.A. from California State University, L.A. in 1975- Special Education- Orientation and Mobility
  • B.S. from University of Texas at Austin in 1972 Elementary/Special Education-Visual Impairment                    

Areas of Expertise

  • Service Delivery Systems and Program Models for Students with Visual Impairments
  • Teacher Effectiveness and Certification Standards
  • Assistive Technology for Students with Visual Impairments
  • Early Intervention for Students with Visual Impairments
  • Orientation and Mobility

Selected Publications

Pogrund, R.L. & Griffin-Shirley, N. (2015). Fostering collaboration among professionals serving older people with vision loss. In N. Griffin-Shirley & L. Bozeman (Eds.), Orientation and mobility for older persons with visual impairments: Issues and strategies. New York: AFB Press.

Pogrund, R.L., Darst, S.D., & Munro, M. (2015). Initial validation study for a scale used to determine service intensity for teachers of students with visual impairments. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 109(6), 433-444.

Depountis, V.M., Pogrund, R.L., Griffin-Shirley, N., & Lan, W. (2015). Technologies that facilitate the study of advanced mathematics by students who are blind: Teachers' perspectives. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 109(4), 265-278.

Pogrund, R.L. & Cowan, C. (2013). Perceptions of a statewide mentor program for new itinerant vision professionals. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness107(5), 351-362.

Pogrund, R.L., Darst, S., & Boland, T. (2013). Evaluation study of short-term programs at a residential school for students who are blind and visually impaired. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness107(1), 30-42.

Pogrund, R., Sewell, D., Anderson, H., Calaci, L., Gonzalez, C., Cowart, M.F., Marsh, R.A., & Smith, B. (2012).TAPS: Teaching age-appropriate purposeful skills: An orientation and mobility curriculum for students with visual impairments, Third Edition. Austin: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Pogrund, R.L. & Smith, D. (2012). A short-term training model on assistive technology:Perceptions of preservice teachers of students with visual impairments. Insight: Research and Practice in Visual Impairment & Blindness, 5(2), 100-110.

Grimmett, E., Pogrund, R.L., Griffin-Shirley (2011). A national study of parental perspective of the dual-certified vision professional service delivery model. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness4, 211-221

Parker, A.T. Pogrund, R.L. (2009). Literacy research for students with visual impairments and additional disabilities: An examination of relevant studies. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness103, 635-648.

Griffin-Shirley, N., Pogrund, R.L., Deumer, L., & Smith, D. (2009). A three-phase qualitative study of dual-certified vision education professionals in the Southwest. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness,103: 354-366.

Pogrund, R.L. & Wibbenmeyer, K.A. (2008). Interpreting the meaning of the terms certified and highly qualified for teachers of students with visual impairments. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, 102: 5-15. 

Pogrund, R.L. & Fazzi, D.L. (2002). Early Focus: Working with young children who are blind and visually impaired and their families, Second Edition.  New York: AFB Press.

Pogrund, R.L. & Rosen, S.T. (1989). The preschool blind child can be a cane user.  Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness83:431-439.