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Dr. Beth M. Phillips is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at the College of Education at Florida State University and a faculty associate of the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR).
Her current research interests include the overlap between early literacy and behavioral development, particularly self-regulation and approaches to learning, preschool curriculum and instruction, professional development of early childhood educators, and parental influences on learning. She is the principal investigator on a project, recently funded by Institute of Education Sciences (IES), to develop a new vocabulary intervention for at-risk preschool children. Dr. Phillips is co-investigator on four federally funded (IES, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development), large-scale randomized preschool intervention projects that are investigating the benefits of evidence-based early childhood curricula and instruction geared toward improving children’s school readiness in areas of literacy, language and mathematics. She is a co-investigator on the recently funded Southeast Regional Education Lab at FSU, and on the recently renewed Learning Disabilities Research Center, both five year, large-scale projects.
She is also the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on other projects investigating children’s approaches to learning and professional development for early childhood educators. Previously, she was the principal investigator of FCRR’s Florida Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) Technical Assistance Project, concerned with the development of standards, curricular policy and professional development for VPK providers, and is co-investigator on a project to develop assessment measures for the VPK program. She continues to consult with the state regarding the VPK and other early childhood education programs.
Furthermore, Dr. Phillips has authored and co-authored many articles for academic journals such as the Scientific Studies of Reading, and the Journal of Learning Disabilities. Her most recent article “IRTs of the ABCs: Children’s Letter Name Acquisition” is currently in press for the Journal of School Psychology and will be published in 2012.
As a Professor at FSU, she teaches a course titled Methods in Educational Research and a seminar titled Family Involvement in Education. Dr. Phillips is also a Faculty Associate of the Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training graduate fellowship program at FCRR.
Dr. Phillips was the recipient of a Head Start Scholars Graduate Fellowship and an IES/American Psychological Associate Postdoctoral Fellowship. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from FSU in 2003.