Elizabeth (Betsey) Howe, PhD

CDC Fellow for the Act Early Response to COVID-19 Project

Elizabeth (Betsey) Howe, PhD

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Elizabeth (Betsey) Howe, PhD, is the AUCD and CDC Fellow for the Act Early Response to COVID-19 Project. In this position, Betsey will support this project's work related to family engaged developmental monitoring and screening for autism and other developmental delays in response to the pandemic. This support will include technical assistance to state Act Early COVID-19 Response Teams, collaboration with project evaluators, summarizing, highlighting, and disseminating the project's work, including lessons learned and reporting results to the funders.

Betsey has extensive experience in the field of early childhood intervention as both a practitioner and a leader. She comes to the Fellow position from her role as the Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC) coordinator, a national technical assistance center funded by the United States Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. In this role, Betsey worked with the center's leadership to provide technical assistance to state teams on the development of comprehensive systems of personnel development.

Betsey holds a Masters of Art in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Colorado at Denver, as well as a PhD in Leadership in Early Childhood Intervention from the University of CT, which is the CT UCEDD. Her prior research focused on the teachers' use of evidence-based practices to support social competence in young children with disabilities. Betsey's paramount area of interest is remediating barriers that impede the actualization of an inclusive early childhood system to support the best developmental outcomes for infants and young children with disabilities and their families.