Mark Innocenti, PhD, (Center for Persons with Disabilities: UT UCEDD) Elected to Council for Exceptional Children Board of Directors

November 23, 2009

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Dr. Mark Innocenti was elected to the Council for Exceptional Children Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large this fall.

Dr. Innocenti is the Associate Director of the Early Intervention Research Institute at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. He is a researcher with over 25 years of experience working with children who are at risk and their families.

He is a past president of the CEC's Division for Early Childhood Board, and he served on the DEC Board for eight years.

"I think having an early childhood perspective on the CEC Board is important," he said. "I think we need strong organizations to lead the field and CEC is a strong organization." His appointment is voluntary, and as he serves he plans to continue emphasizing evidence-based practices in early intervention and special education.

His term begins January 1.

As a board member he will be involved in policy making and administration of the CEC. The council is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities, gifts and talents.

The CEC works to enhance professional development among its members, who include teachers, administrators, students, parents, paraprofessionals and support service providers. It also publishes cutting-edge information and research.

More about Dr. Innocenti--

Dr. Innocenti is Associate Director of the Early Intervention Research Institute and Assistant Director of the Research and Evaluation Division at the Center for Persons with Disabilities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. He holds an appointment as a Research Associate Professor in Psychology at Utah State University. Dr. Innocenti has over 25 years of experience working with infants and young children at-risk as well as with disabilities and their families through multiple research and model demonstration projects. His approach to issues is based on an interdisciplinary model that recognizes the contribution of different disciplines and stakeholders. He has served as Principal Investigator on a number of research projects including the ten year Longitudinal Institute on the Effects and Costs of Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities and currently the Bilingual Early Language and Literacy Support (BELLS) Project. Other research projects have examined various aspects of intervention and outcomes for families and children in early intervention, in Head Start, and in "at-risk" environments. Dr. Innocenti also has extensive experience in model demonstration and training projects that have examined areas such as social interaction, child transition, naturalistic intervention, parent-child interaction, and service systems. Dr. Innocenti has published articles, book chapters, books and curricula, and serves on a number of editorial boards for professional journals. He serves on a variety of advisory boards for both local and national groups. He is currently the President-Elect for the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Past-President of the Interdisciplinary Council of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and a tri-chair of the Early Childhood Council for the state of Utah. He was a midcareer fellow with Zero to Three from 1999-2000.