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Doctoral Leadership Program in Early Childhood Intervention

This leadership program provides learning opportunities that include coursework, seminars, supervised internships, and individual mentoring across the core responsibilities of higher education faculty: education, research, scholarly outputs (e.g., writing for journals and books, presenting original work and research at state, regional, and national conferences, grant writing), and community engagement and outreach to improve intervention practice and policy.

Students will focus on the following areas of specialized study of children age birth through 5:

  1. Interventions and instructional integrity for high need populations
  2. Inclusionary early childhood service delivery and system design
  3. Collaborating with families and others to enhance children’s learning

The doctoral students will benefit from established partnerships between UConn and high needs early childhood intervention programs in high poverty urban schools districts in CT.


A core group of faculty at UConn represent a formal collaboration across two schools, the Neag School of Education (Department of Educational Psychology which contains the Special Education Department) at the UConn Storrs Campus and the School of Medicine (Department of Pediatrics and Community Medicine) on the UConn Health Farmington Campus.

Mary Beth Bruder, Ph.D. (Co-PI) is a tenured professor in the Dept. of Pediatrics and Community Medicine in the UConn School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Neag School of Education.

Dr. George Sugai (Co-PI) received his M.Ed. in 1974 and Ph.D. in 1980 at the University of Washington. Currently at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Sugai is the a tenured professor and a Neag Endowed Chair in Behavior Disorders.