About Dr. Joanna Abramo

​​Dr. Joanna Abramo began her career in a special education classroom connecting with the students facing the greatest challenges.

Over the course of her two decades of experience, Dr. Abramo has taught students in PreK-12 public schools and college-level students as a professor at public and private universities. As an administrator, she has overseen local education departments and worked on state-level education policy, and as a special education instructional coach and district-level administrator, she supports 2,500 students with IEPs in over 25 school sites. 

Dr. Joanna Abramo is certified and trained to help you succeed.

In addition to her classroom experience in primary education, Dr. Abramo is an instructor of Special Education courses at Fordham University Graduate School of Education and Kean University, and a supervisor of clinical interns at Monmouth University. She also remains at the forefront of contemporary education techniques through her collaborative research at Fordham University. She has presented results of ongoing cyberbullying research at conferences hosted by the Council for Exceptional Children and National Association of School Psychologists.

“I have twenty years of experience teaching students with challenging unique needs. I have the keys to unlock their success.”

Special education and neurodiversity is personal to Dr. Abramo. She has close loved ones diagnosed with ADHD, and has overcome her own invisible disabilities. Her education has provided knowledge, but her experience with these conditions provides her insight for pragmatic solutions. Combining both her formal education and practical experience, Dr. Abramo offers a unique perspective whether your needs are for a private client tutoring or institutional training.

Dr. Abramo earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Saint Peter’s University and holds her Master’s degree in Childhood Special Education and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Fordham University. She is certified by the State of New Jersey in Elementary Education, Students with Disabilities, Supervisor, Principal, and School Administrator. Through the Rutgers University Center for Executive Leadership in Government, she completed a Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Certificate. She is a licensed life and career coach through Rider University's Board Certified Coach training program and a Certified Human Resources Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). 

She is an active member of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).


Saint Peter’s University
Doctorate of Education
Fordham University
B.S. Psychology
Fordham University
M.S. Childhood Special Education


Rider University
Life and Career Coaching Organizational Leadership
New Jersey City University
Supervisor Certification
University of Colorado
Queering Identities LGBTQ+ Sexuality and Gender Identity Certificate
Society for Human Resources Management
Certified Professional
Rutgers University
Center for Executive Leadership in Government: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Certificate
Center for Credentialing & Education
Board Certified Coach Candidate
New Jersey Department of Education
Elementary (K-6) Students with Disabilities Supervisor, Principal, School Administrator
"Joanna provides comprehensive special education tutoring for our eight-year-old son. Her thoughtful and wise recommendations and guidance has improved his academic engagement and tolerance, and given us language and strategies to impact his public school’s individualized education program."
Parent of Child with Disabilities

Diversity Statement

Abramo Advising is built on a foundation of ensuring all students have access to the opportunities for success. I apply my prior professional and personal experiences to create an environment that encourages collaboration and advocacy for all, using the latest systems and techniques to support diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Diversity in educational and professional settings depends on not only ensuring race, gender, religion, age, and sexual orientation are acknowledged, but also including people with physical, cognitive, mental health, learning, hearing, seeing, or communication impairments, and acknowledging there are both visible and invisible disabilities.  

Throughout my career, I have advocated for and executed initiatives and programs that promote the success of students with different needs. I launched Abramo Advising to ensure access and improve outcomes for all these students. For me, this commitment began on the personal level. I know first hand how having a family member with unique needs can impact their lives and the people around them. 

Striving towards inclusion is essential work, and we’re honored to have the opportunity to assist students with special needs.