Dana Childress, Ph.D.

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Dana Childress, Ph.D.

2022 EI Webinar Series Presenter

Dana Childress, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Early Childhood Special Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk VA. She has worked in the field of early intervention (EI) for more than 27 years as an early interventionist, service coordinator, supervisor, training facilitator, author, and consultant. Prior to working in higher education, she was a member of the Virginia EI Professional Development Center developing resources and conducting web-based and in-person training. She was the lead author on VA’s Early Intervention Strategies for Success blog and continues to co-host the EI on the Fly Podcast. Dana is the author of the book, Pause and Reflect: Your Guide to a Deeper Understanding of Early Intervention Practice (2021), and a co-author of the book, Family-Centered Early Intervention: Supporting Infants and Toddlers in Natural Environments (2015). Her interests include adult learning and EI service delivery, family centered practices, supporting family implementation of intervention strategies, and finding ways to bridge the research to practice gap through interactive professional development for in-service EI practitioners. She regularly consults with state and local programs on EI professional development topics.