Lori Erbrederis Meyer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of Vermont where she teaches in the Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education programs. Dr. Meyer’s research focuses on young children with disabilities and their families within the context of pre-kindergarten and early elementary experiences. Specifically, she is interested in contemporary classroom environments and processes used by administrators and teachers to meet the social-emotional needs of young children with delays or disabilities. As a former inclusive early childhood teacher, Dr. Meyer is dedicated to increasing the use of evidence-based/recommended practices in the field of early childhood intervention and translating research into practice.

Areas of Expertise

Curriculum and Instruction; Disability and Inclusion; Early Childhood; Special Education


Selected Publications

  • Meadan, H., Meyer, L. E., Snodgrass, M. R., Halle, J. W. (2013). Coaching parents of young children with autism in rural areas using internet-based technologies: A pilot program. Rural Special Education Quarterly, 32(3), 3-10.  [abstract]
  • Yu, S., Meyer, L. E., & Ostrosky, M. M. (2013). Creating accepting classroom environments: Promoting children’s positive attitudes toward peers with challenging behaviors. In M. M. Ostrosky & S. R. Sandall (Eds.), Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series No. 15: Addressing Young Children’s Challenging Behaviors (pp. 14-28). Los Angeles, CA: The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children.
  • Meyer, L. E., & Ostrosky, M. M. (2013). An examination of research on the friendships of young children with disabilities. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0271121413513038 Topics in Early Childhood Special Education.  [abstract]
  • Santos, R. M., Ostrosky, M. M., Yates, T., Jeans, L. M., & Meyer, L. E. (2012). Inventory of practices: Evidence-based strategies to support the communication and language development of young children. Champaign, IL: National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Awards and Recognition

  • J. David Sexton Doctoral Student Award from the Division for Early Childhood (DEC): The J. David Sexton Doctoral Student Award is given to a doctoral-level student or recent graduate who is a Division for Early Childhood (DEC) member and has made contributions to young children with special needs and their families through their efforts in research, higher education, publications, policy, and information dissemination. (2014)
  • Hardie Dissertation Award from the College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: The College of Education at the University of Illinois grants several competitive dissertation awards to doctoral students to support the completion of their dissertations. These awards are funded through the generosity of the alumni and friends of the College, including the Hardie Endowment. (2014)

Professional Associations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD)

Lori Meyer


    • Ph.D. in Special Education from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


    Email: Lori.Meyer@uvm.edu
    Phone: (802) 656-1367
    Office: Living and Learning, Suite C-154

    Courses Taught in the Last 5 Years

    Curriculum in EI/ECSE ; Early Childhood Practices ; Intro to Early Education ; Seminar in EI/ECSE