Clinical Associate Professor of Special Education
Office Hours: Tuesday 3-6 PM by appointment
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I am a leading faculty member with the programs in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education where I am engaged in teaching, field supervision, professional development, program administration, as well as development and field-based research. Prior to joining the NYU faculty in 2003, I was Director of the Head Start Disabilities Services Quality Improvement Center for federal region II (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands), where for 20 years where I supported the implementation of services to support children with disabilities in Early Head Start and Head Start. I have been a Mayoral appointee to the NYC Early Intervention Coordinating Council (1994 - 2013), an adviser to the New York State Education Department and the New York State Early Intervention Program under the Department of Health, a Board Member of New York Zero to Three, and an active member of the NYS Association for Early Childhood Teacher Education, engaging in activities related to the NYS Regents review of Early Childhood Special Education Certification. I am on the editorial review board of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.
I have been actively engaged in providing training and presentations at international, national, regional, and local events for over 30 years and have co-authored chapters on Head Start and early childhood special education. Over recent years I have been engaged with an intensive consultation process with the NYS Early Childhood Direction Center in Manhattan to support training to NYC Early Learn programs on effective inclusion of children with disabilities.
My most recent research initiatives have been focused on an intervention to reduce early childhood behavioral problems through the development of "healthy sleep" in collaborations with Dr. Karen Bonuck of Yeshiva University. This is a research/program development initiative that provides training for young children (pre-K and K) in schools, their teachers, and families. The goal of this initiative is to enable children to develop "healthy sleep patterns" that will lead to a reduction in behavioral manifestations that result from limited night time sleep. Pilot research was conducted in the summer of 2012 and papers are currently under development.