Dr. Tournaki has taught at the college level for over 20 years. She is dedicated to inclusive education. To that effect, she opened and directed one of the first inclusive preschool in Athens, Greece.  She currently sits in the Board of Directors of the Lavelle Preparatory Charter School, the first Charter school designed to teach students with special needs in inclusive classrooms.

Her research has two areas of focus. The first area is mathematics.  More specifically, she evaluates strategies and tools (e.g., manipulatives, technology) to improve mathematics achievement for students with and without disabilities.  The second area is teacher efficacy and effectiveness.  In this area she has examined differences in efficacy between special and general education teachers; the effects of different approaches to graduate level teacher preparation programs on teacher efficacy and effectiveness; the effects of professional development on teacher effectiveness.  Her research has been consistently supported by grants from PSC-CUNY.  

Given her strong background in psychometrics she is the internal evaluator for STEAM an NSF-STEP grant at the College of Staten Island.


Ph.D., New York University, Educational Psychology, Special Education

Scholarship / Publications


1. Lyublinskaya, I., & Tournaki, N. (2011).  The effect of teaching and learning with Texas Instruments handheld on student achievement in algebra.  Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science  Teaching, 30(1), 5-35.

2. Tournaki, N., Lyublinskaya, I., & Carolan, B. (2011).  An on-going professional development program and its impact on teacher effectiveness.  The Teacher Educator, 46(4), 1-17.

3. Lyublinksaya, I., & Tournaki, N. (2011). The effects of teacher content authoring on TPACK and on student achievement in algebra: Research on institution with the TI-Nspire handheld.  In R. N. Ronau, C. R. Rakes, & M. L. Niess (Eds.), Educational Technology, Teacher Knowledge, and Classroom Impact: A Research Handbook on Frameworks and Approaches (295-322). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.      
4. Lyublinskaya, I., & Tournaki, N. (2010). Preparing qualified elementary school teachers. In J. Yamamoto, J. Kush, R. Lombard, & C. J. Hartzog (Eds.), Technology Implementation and Teacher Education: Reflective Models (pp. 203-227).  Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

5. Tournaki, N., Lyublinskaya, I., & Carolan, B. (2009).  Pathways to teacher certification: Does it really matter when it comes to efficacy and effectiveness? Action in Teacher Education. 30(4), 96-109.