Mary Beth Bruder, Ph.D.
ECPC Project Director | University of Connecticut
Education & Employment:
University of Oregon, Ph.D., Developmental Disabilities, Early Childhood (1983)
Mary Beth Bruder has been in the early childhood intervention field since 1976. She began her career as an early childhood intervention public school teacher in VT. She then received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Developmental Disabilities in 1983. She currently directs the University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service. Since 1986, Dr. Bruder has been at the University of CT School of Medicine where she is a professor in Community Medicine and Health Promotion, Pediatrics and Educational Psychology.
Dr. Bruder has directed over 60 federal and state research and training grants and contracts, and is on the editorial board of several peer reviewed journals in disabilities. She is the editor of Infants and Young Children. She is on the board of the International Society of Early Intervention and is the co-chair of the early childhood special interest group for the AUCD.
Dr. Bruder is a recognized leader in the early childhood intervention and has an extensive history in the UCEDD Network. She is also the parent of children with disabilities.
Primary: Department of Pediatrics
Secondary: Department of Educational Psychology
Current Professional Activities and Organizations:
2014-Present: Editorial Board, Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health
2008-Present: Editor, Infants and Young Children
2002-Present: Editorial Board, Journal of Early Intervention
1998-Present: Member, Connecticut Birth to Three Interagency Coordinating Council
1993-Present: Editorial Board, Mental Retardation
1989-Present: Editorial Board, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education
Honors and Awards:
Recipient of the Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award from the Division for Early Childhood.
Angel in Adoption Award from Senator Christopher Dodd and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
Recent Grant Experience:
Principal Investigator/Director – 2013-2018
University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service, Administration on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Principal Investigator – 2013-2017
National Center for Early Childhood Personnel. U.S. Department of Education
Principal Investigator – 2013-2017
Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders for High Need Infants and Children and Their Families (Leadership Grant). U.S. Department of Education
Director – 2013
Accessible Housing Options in CT, Connecticut Developmental Disabilities Council
Emergency Preparedness Training Project, Connecticut Developmental Disabilities Council
Director – 2013
CT B-3 Autism Service Guidelines MOU. CT Department of Developmental Services
Director – 2010-2013
A Parent to Parent Model of Service Coordination for Families of Preschool Age Children with ASD, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration($900,000)
Connecticut Family-to-Family Health Information Network, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ($191,400)
Director – 2008-2013
University Center for Excellence, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Development Disabilities ($2,666,105)
Director – 2010-2013
Family Professional Partnership/CSHCN, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ($900,000)
Director – 2008-2011
CT Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Other Related Disabilities (LEND) Program, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration ($1,650,000)
Investigator – 2006-2011
The Center for Early Literacy Learning Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education ($50,000)
Principal Investigator – 2003-2008
The Center to Guide Personnel Preparation Policy and Practice in Early Intervention and Preschool Education (Birth to 5), Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education
Investigator – 2003-2008
Center on Outcomes for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities, U.S. Department of Education ($96,800)
Principal Investigator/Director – 2001-2013
University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service, Administration on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ($1,989,865)
Recent Publications – Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:
Bruder, M.B., & Dunst, C.J. (2014). Parental judgments of early childhood personnel practices: Applying a consumer science perspective. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 34(1), 1-11.
Dunst, C. J., Bruder, M. B., & Espe-Scherwindt, M. (2014). Family capacity-building in early childhood intervention: Do context and setting matter? School Community Journal, 24(1), 37-48.
Dunst, C. J., & Bruder, M. B. (2014). Preservice professional preparation and teachers’ self-efficacy appraisals of natural environment and inclusion practices. Teacher Education and Special Education, 37(2), 1210132. doi: 10.1177/0888406413505873.
Bruder, M. B., Dunst, C. J., Mogro-Wilson, C., & Stayton, V. (2013). Predictors of confidence and competence among early childhood interventionists Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 34(3), 249-267. doi: 10.1080/10901027.2013.816806.
Bruder, M.B., Kerins, G., Mazzarella, C., Sims, J., & Stein, N. (2012). Brief report: The medical care of adults with autism spectrum disorders: Identifying the needs. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-012-1496-x
Stayton, V.C., Smith, B.J., Dietrich, S.L., & Bruder, M.B. (2012). Comparison of state certification and professional association standards in early childhood special education. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 32(1), 24-37.
Chen, L.J., Bruder, M.B., Chen, Y.C., & Lien, A.S-Y. (2011). To meet the special educational needs – with accommodation and modification. Journal of Taitung Special Education, 33, 1-6.
Bruder, M.B. (2011). A well walked path to program efficacy: The details tell the story. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 31(3), 158-161.
Bruder, M.B., Dunst, C.J. (2011). Infant, toddler and preschool inclusion in community activities. Revista Educacion Inclusiva, 4(3), 21-34.
Bruder, M.B., Dunst, C., Mogro-Wilson, C. (2011). Confidence and competence appraisals of early intervention and preschool special education practitioners. International Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 3, 13-37.
Bruder, M.B., Dunst, C.J., Mogro-Wilson, C., & Tan, T.X. (2011). Continuity of Parental Behavioral Ratings of Children Adopted From China and Parenting Competence, Confidence, and Enjoyment. Adoption and Fostering, 34(4) 4-16.
Karan, O.C., DonAroma, P., Bruder, M.B., Roberts, L. (2010). A transitional assessment model for students with severe and/or multiple disabilities: The competency based community assessment. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 48, 387-392.
Bruder, M.B. & Mogro-Wilson, C. (2010). Student and faculty awareness and attitudes about students with disabilities. The Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 6(2), 3-13.
Bruder, M.B. Mogro-Wilson, C., & Kerins, G.J. (2010). A survey assessing the presence of “medical home” for adults with disabilities in Connecticut. Connecticut Medicine, 74(6), 341-348.
Bruder, M.B., Dunst, C.J., & Mogro-Wilson, C. (2009). Child factors associated with enrollment in Part C early intervention among children adopted from China. Journal of Early Intervention, 32, 54-67.
Bruder, M.B., Mogro-Wilson, C., Stayton, V.D., & Dietrich, S.L. (2009). The national status of in-service professional development systems for early intervention and early childhood special education practitioners. Infants and Young Children, 22(1), 13-20.
Stayton, V.D., Dietrich, S.L., Smith, B.J., Bruder, M.B., Mogro-Wilson, C., & Swigart, A. (2009). State certification requirements for early childhood special educators. Infants and Young Children, 22(1), 4-12.
Bailey, D.B., Hebbeler, K., Olmstead, M.G., Raspa, M., Bruder, M.B. (2008). Measuring family outcomes: Considerations for large-scale data collection in early intervention. Infants and Young Children, 21(3), 194-206.
Bruder, M.B., & Dunst, C.J. (2008). Factors related to the scope of early intervention service coordinator practices. Infants and Young Children, 21(3), 176-185.
Select Publications – Invited Articles
Bruder, M.B. (2010). Early childhood intervention: A promise to the future of children and families. Exceptional Children, 76(3): 339-355.
Bruder, M.B. (2001). Reviewing the inclusion agenda: Attending to the right variables. Journal of Early Intervention, 23(4), 223-230.
Bruder, M.B. (1997). Inclusion for infants, toddlers and preschoolers: Participation in natural environments. National Center on Educational Restructuring and Inclusion Bulletin.
Bruder, M.B. (1997). Inclusion for pre-school age children: A collaborative services model. In First steps: Stories on inclusion in early childhood education (pp. 111-122). Paris, France: UNESCO.
Select Publications – Book Chapters:
Bruder, M.B. (in press). Transitions for children with disabilities. In SL Kagan (Ed), Transitions in the early years: Creating a system of continuity. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company.
Bruder, M.B. (2010). Coordinating services with families. In R.A. McWilliam (Ed.), Working with families of young children with special needs. New York: The Guilford Press (pp. 93-126).
Bruder, M.B. (2005). Service Coordination and integration in a developmental systems approach to early intervention. In M.J. Guralnick, (Ed.), The developmental systems approach to early intervention. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company (pp. 29-58).
Wolraich, M.L., Gurwitch , R.H., Bruder, M.B., & Knight, L.A. (2005). The role of comprehensive interdisciplinary assessments in the early intervention system. In M.J. Guralnick, (Ed.), The developmental systems approach to early intervention. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company (pp. 133-150).
Bruder, M.B. (2005). Early intervention services for infants and their families. In W. Nehring (Ed.), Core curriculum for specializing in intellectual and developmental disabilities: A resource for nurses and other health care professionals (pp. 109-122). Boston, MA: Jones and Bartlett, Inc.
|Mailing Address||Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities | UConn Health|
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