Curriculum and Teaching
Annie George-Puskar completed her Ph.D. in educational psychology with a specialization in early childhood intervention leadership from the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education. George-Puskar began her career in early childhood intervention during her undergraduate studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and continued it through her post-graduate certification in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at Penn State University. Her areas of focus are children ages birth-5 with disabilities and developmental delays, early childhood transitions into preschool, using data-based decision-making instruction, and personnel preparation. George-Puskar currently runs a research lab that is studying the transition practices of preschool teachers in New York City and has presented at multiple national and international conferences.
George-Puskar serves as the chair of the Doctoral Planning Committee for the Graduate School of Education and is the program coordinator for the Early Childhood/Childhood and Special Education online programs. She is also the project coordinator for the ECO Grant Personnel Preparation Grant (OSEP). George-Puskar is currently the co-chair for the Leadership Community of Practice for the Division for Early Childhood under the Council for Exceptional Children, an editorial board member for Education Research Quarterly; and a reviewer for the journals Infants and Young Children; International Child Care and Education Policy; Young Exceptional Children; and Child:Care, Health & Development.
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Special Education - University of Connecticut (2018)
Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, Pennsylvania State University (2011)
M.A. in Psychology, The Catholic University of America (2010)
B.A. in Psychology, The Catholic University of America (2009)
Pansé-Barone, C., George-Puskar, A., & Ziegler, L. (2021). Personnel Preparation in Engaging Families: A Systematic Literature Review. Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Fort Worth, TX.
George-Puskar, A., Beavers, E., Sopko, K.M. (under revision). Building Leadership Capacity in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education.
George-Puskar, A. (under review). Navigating the Preschool Transition: The Support of Service Coordination.
George-Puskar, A., Pansé-Barone, C., Acharya, N., & Ziegler, L. (under review). Transition Practices for Children with Autism and Developmental Delays: A Scoping Review of the Literature.
George-Puskar, A. (2018). Perceptions of Service Coordinator Practices and Transition Related Outcomes for Children and Families. Doctoral Dissertation, The University of Connecticut.
Bruder, M.B., Baril, E., & George-Puskar, A. (2015). Acquisition and Use of Knowledge and Skills. In S.A. Raver., & D.C. Childress (Eds.) Family-Centered Early Intervention (pp. 136-166). Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Co.
George-Puskar, A., Gandhi, J., & Acharya, N. (2021, November). Supporting the Transition into Preschool for Children with IEPs: Teacher Reports and Experiences. 1-hour session, National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, (virtual).
Pansé-Barone, C., George-Puskar, A., Zeigler, L. (2021, November). Preservice Preparation Instruction and Curricula to Increase Family-Professional Collaboration for Special Educators: A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review. 1-hour session, Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Fort Worth, Texas.
George-Puskar, A., Beavers, E., Wiegand, S., Hankins, S., Binakonsky, B., & Sopko, K.M. (2021, September). Building Leadership through Self-Reflection: Inspiring Change with Action. 3-hour Pre-Conference Workshop, Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference, (virtual).
George-Puskar, A. (2021, January). The Transition for Children with ASD and DD in Early Childhood: A Systematic Review. Poster Session, Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference, (virtual).
George-Puskar, A., Bruder, M.B., Childress, D., & Nicols, S. (2019, October). The State of Service Coordination Across the Country. Panel Presentation, Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.
George-Puskar, A. & Bruder, M.B. (2019, October). Judgements of Service Coordinator Practices and Transition-Related Outcomes for Children and Families. Poster Session, Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.
Freyre-Calish, G., George-Puskar, A., Howe, E., Pansé, C., & Bruder, M.B. (2019, October). Lessons Learned: Implementing an Interdisciplinary Training for Early Intervention Professionals. Poster Session, Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.
CTGE 6192: Research in Teaching
CTGE 5421: Planning and Instruction for Young Children with Disabilities
CTGE 5411: Perspectives and Issues in Early Childhood Special Education
CTGE 5233: Early Learning through Play
CTGE 5155: Foundations for Special Education
PSGE 6417: Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
PSGE 5316: Psychology of Child Development and Learning