Jennifer Hurley is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood Special Education who completed her PhD and post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University. Jennifer’s research has evaluated the priorities of families and professionals for inclusive preschool programs. Recently, Jennifer’s research has focused on early intervention and early childhood special education for children and families who are refugees. Jennifer’s other research area is the provision of early intervention services for infants, toddlers and their families who are experiencing homelessness. Jennifer also researches the impact of teacher preparation program activities on the skills and knowledge of early intervention and early childhood special education teacher candidates to serve infants, toddlers and preschool age children who, in addition to having a disability, are also refugees or homeless. Jennifer is the PI on a Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs personnel preparation grant.

Areas of Expertise

Disability and Inclusion; Early Childhood; English Language Learners; Special Education; Teacher Education

Scholarship

Selected Publications

  • Hurley, J. J., Looby, W., Goodrum, A. R., Campbell, E. M., Bonti, G. K., Raymon, B. A., Condon, R., Schwaeber, S. E., Mauceri, M. E., Bourne, E. M., Callahan, E. D., Hardy, D. L. & Mathews, P. (in press). Early intervention for families and children experiencing homelessness. Infants and Young Children  [abstract]
  • Hurley, J. J., Clark, D. W., Fonseca-Foster, K. A., Casey, E., & Warren, R. (2017). Collaboration during IEP and IFSP meetings in a refugee resettlement community: Lessons from cultural liaisons. Multiple Voices: For Ethnically Diverse Exceptional Learners, 17 (2), 1-11.  [abstract]
  • Hurley, J. J., Warren, R. A., Habalow, R. D., Weber, L. E. & Tousignant, S.R. (2014). Early childhood special education in a refugee resettlement community: Challenges and innovative practices. Early Child Development and Care, 184 (1) 50-62.  [abstract]
  • Hurley J. J., Saini, S., Warren, R. A., Carberry, A. J. (2013). Use of the pyramid model for supporting preschool refugees. Early Child Development and Care. 183 (1), 75-91.  [abstract]
  • Hurley, J. J. (2012). Social validity assessment in social competence interventions for preschool children: A review. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0271121412440186
  • Hurley, J., Stewart, E. Medici, A. & Z. Cohn (2011). Supporting preschoolers and their families who are recently resettled refugees. Multicultural Perspectives, 13 (3), 160-166.  [abstract]
  • Hurley, J. J. & Horn, E. M. (2010). Family and professional priorities for inclusive early childhood settings. Journal of Early Intervention, 32(5), 335-350.  [abstract]
  • Hurley, J. J., Wehby, J. H. & Feurer, I. D. (2010). Social validity assessment of social competence intervention behavior goals. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 30(2), 112-124.  [abstract]
  • Hurley, J. (April 2010). Promoting self-determination in students with developmental disabilities: A review. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Selected Presentations

  • Hasan, Z., Banerjee, R., Meyer, L. E., Hurley, J. J. & McLaren, E. M. (October, 2015). Preservice ECSE Teacher Preparation Program Models: Lessons to Learn. Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Hurley, J. J. (October 2015). Early Intervention Services for Homeless Infants and Toddlers: Challenges and Innovative Practices. Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Meyer, E. L., Hasan, Z., Hurley, J. J. & Banerjee, R. (October 2015). Hitting the Streets: Embedding the New DEC RPs in Personnel Preparation. Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Hurley, J. (November 2014). Early Childhood Special Education and Early Intervention Teacher Preparation in a Refugee Resettlement Community: Interactive Paper. Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Hurley, J. & Mueller, P. (July 2014). Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Preparation in a Refugee Resettlement Community. Office of Special education Programs (OSEP) Project Directors Conference, Washington, DC.

Awards and Recognition

  • $ 1,250,000 Preparation of Undergraduate Level Early Interventionists and Early Childhood Special Educators Program from U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs Preparation Combined Priority for Personnel: Jen Hurley is Co-Project Director on this grant with Susan Ryan. Abstract: This application responded to the (CFDA 84.325K) Combined Priority for Personnel Preparation (Focus Area A). The University of Vermont proposes to increase the number and quality of personnel to support the needs of infants, toddlers and preschoolers with disabilities. The primary focus of this project will be the preparation of early intervention (EI), early childhood special education (ECSE) and early childhood education (ECE) providers to support high need children with disabilities including children experiencing poverty, homelessness, Ell, and newly arrived refugees and immigrants. Over the five years of this project, a minimum of 60 students will receive stipends to obtain a baccalaureate degree and a dual EI/ECSE/ECE endorsement. (2013)
  • $800,000 Preparation of Master's Level Early Interventionists and Early Childhood Special Educators Program. from U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs Preparation Combined Priority for Personnel: Jen Hurley is Co-Project Director with Susan Ryan on this grant. Abstract: This application responded to the Combined Priority For Personnel Preparation (CFDA 84.325K) and proposes to increase the number and quality of early intervention/early childhood special education personnel through preservice preparation leading to the Vermont Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education License and masters degree in EI/ECSE. (2009)

Professional Associations

  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Jennifer Jo Hurley

Contact

Email: Jennifer.Hurley@uvm.edu
Phone: (802) 656-4018
Office: Living and Learning C 153
Find me online:

http://www.uvm.edu/~doe/earlychildsped/