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Elizabeth Steed

Associate Professor, Early Childhood Special Education


My story:

After graduating with an undergraduate degree in Psychology, I moved to the East Coast to work full time as a special education teacher and complete my master’s degree. I found my passion for early intervention when working with infants and toddlers with autism during one of my three years of teaching. I worked closely with children’s families and often saw rapid positive changes in the children’s language development and social skills. I became a clinical supervisor for an early intensive behavioral program for young children with autism and did this for several years before receiving my PhD in Early Intervention at the University of Oregon.

I completed an Institute of Education Sciences postdoctoral fellowship in Early Childhood Education at Purdue University and was an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Early Childhood Special Education program at Georgia State University. I have been the Principal Investigator on a number of research grants related to young children’s challenging behavior and currently faculty on the federally funded National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations. I am the first author of a published assessment tool used to measure critical features of program-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports in early childhood settings called the Preschool-wide Evaluation Tool (Steed, Pomerleau, & Horner, 2012).

Classes I teach at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development:

  • Screening and Assessment of Young Children ─ ECED 5200
  • Social Competence and Classroom Supports ─ ECED 5070/7070

My research interests:

  • Young children with challenging behavior
  • Evidence-based social emotional interventions
  • Implementation of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS)/Pyramid Model in early childhood settings
  • Cross-cultural implementation of PBIS/Pyramid Model

My hobbies:

In my free time I like to go hiking and camping with my family, spend time with extended family and friends, and to knit, play tennis and read.

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