Associate Professor

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.

Publications

Blanchard, S. B., Acar, S., Hurley, J.J., Cummings, K. & Duran, L. (in press). Family-centered assessment of young children who are refugees. Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series.

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. (2018). Early intervention for families and children experiencing homelessness. Infants and Young Children, 31 (1), 20-36.

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.

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.

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.

Hurley, J. J. (2012). Social validity assessment in social competence interventions for preschool children: A review. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 32 (3), 64-74.

Hurley, J. J., Stewart, E. Medici, A. & Cohn, Z. (2011). Supporting preschoolers and their families who are recently resettled refugees. Multicultural Perspectives, 13 (3), 160-166. doi: 10.1080/15210960.2011.594400

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. doi: 10.1177/027112140935942

Hurley, J. J. & Horn, E. M. (2010). Family and professional priorities for inclusive early childhood settings. Journal of Early Intervention, 32(5), 335-350.

Awards and Recognition

Hurley, J. J. & Velleman, S. L. (spring 2019-spring 2024). Interprofessional Education (IPE) Project. U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs Preparation Combined Priority for Personnel: $1,250,000.

Joan Bordon Award for the Integrated Arts Academy Elementary School 5th Grade Parent who has made extraordinary contributions, Presented by the Parent Teacher Organization, Burlington, VT, May 2016.

Joseph A. Abruscato Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, University of Vermont, College of Education and Social Services, May 17, 2015.

Hurley, J. J. & Ryan, S.M. (spring 2013-spring 2018). Preparation of Undergraduate Level Early Interventionists and Early Childhood Special Educators Program. U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs Preparation Combined Priority for Personnel: $1,250,000.

Hurley, J. J. & Ryan, S.M. (Co-Primary Investigators) (spring 2009- spring 2014). Preparation of Master’s Level Early Interventionists and Early Childhood Special Educators Program. U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs Preparation Combined Priority for Personnel: $800,000.

Education Alliance Fellow, BRITE (Brown’s Response to Improving Teacher Education) U.S. Department of Education, Brown University, Providence, RI, July 2010-July 2012.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, July 2003-July 2004.

Associations and Affiliations

Council for Exceptional Children Division of Early Childhood

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Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Early intervention
  • Homelessness and poverty

Education

  • Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University
  • M.A.T in Special and Art Education from Trinity University

Contact

Phone:
  • 802-656-4018
Office Location:

Living and Learning C 153