Doctoral Leadership Program in Early Childhood Intervention


A Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology through the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education with a concentration in special education-early childhood.

A Post Doctoral Fellowship with a concentration in interdisciplinary early childhood personnel preparation: research and development.

Both opportunities will focus on:

  • Interdisciplinary Training

    Partnerships with other schools and departments within UConn

  • Competency-Based Curricula

    Emphasis on the research base for early childhood intervention for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities and their families

  • Areas of Study

    Personnel preparation, research, scholarship, policy application, and community engagement

  • Program Components

    Graduate coursework, interdisciplinary seminars, supervised internships, supervised and independent research opportunities, and mentorships

  • Internships in Federally Funded Centers

    Opportunities to work in research, training and technical assistance centers, including the UConn UCEDD, Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC), Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and the Center for Behavioral Education and Research (CBER)

Funding is available for eligible full time doctoral students, who are U.S. citizens, including tuition assistance and graduate assistantships. Funding is also available for full time Post Doctoral Fellowships.

Faculty and Management Plan

The management team will include all five faculty. They will be instrumental to the integrity of the project. The demands of a high quality leadership project demands strict attention to the administrative mechanisms of the project. Dr. Bruder and Dr. Sugai will have primary responsibility for co-managing the project.

Mary Beth Bruder, PhD (Co-PI) is a tenured professor in the Depts. of Pediatrics and Community Medicine in School of Medicine at the University of CT 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 Neag Endowed Chair in Behavior Disorders and professor with tenure.

Carl J. Dunst, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at the Puckett Institute, Asheville, NC., and research consultant at the Pappanikou Center. He received his doctorate degree in developmental psychology from George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University and his masters degree in early childhood special education from George Washington University.

Kathleen Hebbeler, Ph.D. has over 30 years of experience in research and evaluation of education, health, and social programs for young children and their families. Currently, Dr. Hebbeler directs the Early Childhood Outcomes Center, a 10-year effort to build the capacity of states to report high quality data on outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families.