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Annie George-Puskar

Ph.D.

Dr Annie George-Puskar

Assistant Professor
Curriculum and Teaching

Dr. George-Puskar completed her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Early Childhood Intervention Leadership from the University of Connecticut 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 through her post-graduate certification in Applied Behavior Analysis at Penn State University. Her areas of focus are on children ages birth-5 with disabilities and developmental delays, supporting children with autism spectrum disorders and their families, transitions into preschool, using data-based decision-making instruction, and personnel preparation.

Dr. 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, and a reviewer for the journal Infants and Young Children and the journal International Child Care and Education Policy.

Education

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)

Selected Publications

George-Puskar, A. & Bruder, M.B. (in process). Judgments of service coordinator practices and transition-related outcomes for children and families. International Case Studies Journal

Reichow, B., George-Puskar, A., Lutz, T., Smith, I.C., & Volkmar, F.R. (2015). Brief report: A systematic review of Rett syndrome in males. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. DOI 10.1007/s10803-015-2519-1

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.

Selected Presentations

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.

George-Puskar, A. & Bruder, M.B. (2018, October). Perceptions of Service Coordinator Practices and Transition Related Outcomes for Children and Families. Poster Session, Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Bruder, M.B., George-Puskar, A.,  & Gundler, D. (2017, August). Lessons Learned - Building Leadership Competencies to Collaborate with State Early Childhood Systems. 1 hour Q & A Session, Office of Special Education Program (OSEP) Leadership Conference, Washington D.C.

George-Puskar, A., Davidson, A.M., & Bruder, M.B. (2016, October) State Early Learning Development Standards and Children with Disabilities: Are they included? 3 hour pre-conference workshop, Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.

George-Puskar, A., Davidson, A.M., Ellis, D., Bruder, M.B. (2016, October) ECPC: Lessons Learned- Building Leadership Competencies to Collaborate with State Early Childhood Systems. 1 hour Q & A Session, Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.

Bruder, M.B. & George-Puskar, A. (2016, August) ECPC: Building an Integrated Comprehensive System of Personnel Development at the State Level. Poster Session, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Project Directors Conference, Washington D.C.

Bruder, M.B., George-Puskar, A., Buck, D., & Reid, C. (2016, August) ECPC: Building State Level Leadership Competence in Personnel Development. Discussion Roundtable, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Project Directors Conference, Washington D.C.

George-Puskar, A. & Bruder, M.B. (2016, April) State Early Learning Development Standards and Children with Disabilities: Are they included? 1 hour Q & A Session, The Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo, St. Louis, MO.

Bruder, M.B. & George-Puskar, A. (2016, April) ECPC: Building Leadership Competencies to Collaborate with State Early Childhood Systems. Poster Presentation, The Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo, St. Louis, MO.

Bruder, M.B., Davidson, A.M., & George-Puskar, A. (2016, April) ECPC: Building a Comprehensive System of Personnel Development. 1 hour Q & A Session, The Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo, St. Louis, MO.

George-Puskar, A. & Bruder, M.B. (2015, November) State Early Learning Development Standards and Children with Disabilities: Are they included? Poster Presentation, The Association for University Centers on Disabilities, Washington, D.C.

Bruder, M.B. & George-Puskar, A. (2015, October) Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC): Building Leadership Competencies to Collaborate with State Early Childhood Systems. 1 hour Q & A Session, Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Dunst, C. J., Bruder, M.B., Brookfield, J., George-Puskar, A., Lockman-Dougherty, L. (2015, October) Metasynthesis of Inservice Research: Implications for ECI from ECPC. Poster Presentation, Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

 

Courses

CTGE 5144: Perspectives and Issues in Early Childhood Special Education

CTGE 5155: Foundations of Special Education

CTGE 5230: Framework for Education of All Young Children

CTGE 5421: Planning Instruction for Young Children with Disabilites

CTGE 6192: Research in the Teaching Process