Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Disorders & Special Education

Dana Childress PhD

100 Lions Child Study Center
Norfolk, 23529

Dana Childress, PhD is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Early Childhood Special Education at Old Dominion University. She has worked in the field of early intervention (EI) since 1995 as an early interventionist, service coordinator, supervisor, training facilitator, author, and consultant. 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, service coordination, 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.

Research Interests

Implementation of family-centered early intervention (EI) practices that support caregiver and child learning

Application of adult learning theory to EI service delivery

Identity, preparation, and professional development of EI special instructors and other EI/ECSE personnel

eLearning practices and effectiveness of in-service professional development