Mary Beth Bruder, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research,
Education, and Service
University of Connecticut
A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education, and Service
263 Farmington Avenue, MC 6222 Farmington, CT 06030-6222
University of Oregon, Ph.D., Developmental Disabilities, Early Childhood (1983)
Mary Beth Bruder received her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Developmental Disabilities – Early Childhood. Dr. Bruder has been in the early intervention field, including the design, provision and evaluation of early intervention services within a number of states and across a variety of agencies including Early Intervention, Special Education, Child Care and Head Start since 1975.
Currently, Dr. Bruder is the Director of the University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (Center) and Professor of Pediatrics, at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Bruder also directs a number of federally funded pre-service, in-service, demonstration, and research projects, and she is the Editor of Infants and Young Children.
Dr. Bruder has won several awards, including the Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award from the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) and the Angel in Adoption Award from Senator Christopher Dodd and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
Since 1986, Dr. Bruder has been a member of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, having been promoted to Professor of Pediatrics in 1996. She had a joint appointment in the NEAG School of Education and was a UCEDD faculty at the NEAG School from 1986-1996. To date, Dr. Bruder has brought in over $45 million to the Health Center. Dr. Bruder is a recognized leader in the early childhood field and has an extensive history in the UCEDD Network. She is also the parent of children with developmental delays.
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Department of Pediatrics
Department of Educational Psychology
Summary of Relevant Activities and Interests
Dr. Bruder focuses on persons with disabilities, including the aging population.
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
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
Dunst, C. J., Trivette, C. M., Masiello, T. L., Hamby, D. W., Roberts, R., Meehan, T., Moylan, J. A., McLean, M., Bruder, M. B., & Raab, M. (in preparation). Influences of contrasting approaches to promoting young children's participation in everyday natural learning environments.
Bruder, M.B., Dunst, C.J., Mogro-Wilson, C., & Stayton, V.C. (accepted for publication). Preservice and inservice predictors of early childhood practitioner confidence and competence. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.
Chen, L.J., Bruder, M.B., Chen, Y.C., & Lien, A.S-Y. (in press). To meet the special educational needs – with accommodation and modification. Journal of Taitung Special Education, 33.
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.
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.