The Early Intervention Program at the University of Oregon has an outstanding faculty and staff. Each of the faculty members has made a significant contribution to the field of Early Intervention through research, publications, outreach, and program development.
Jane Squires - Director
Office: 351 CSB
Dr. Jane Squires has an extensive background in the delivery of services to children who are disabled. Dr. Squires teaches master’s and doctoral level graduate courses in EI/ECSE and advises students. She is director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and serves on the Research Council and as a consultant to the Early Intervention Section, Oregon State Department of Education. She has worked with state level planners throughout the nation to develop child find and monitoring systems. Dr. Squires is actively involved in outreach and research projects involving Head Start, Early Head Start, and substance-exposed newborn populations and in international projects in several countries including Chile, China, Scotland, Canada, and Thailand.
Jantina Clifford - Faculty
Office: 303 CSB
Jantina Clifford began working with young children in 1988 and received her Ph.D. from the Early Intervention Program at the University of Oregon in 2006. She currently teaches the Methods and Applications sequence in the Early Intervention Master's degree Program and is also involved in several research studies focused on the development of assessment measures for young children. Dr. Clifford is also involved in technical assistance and outreach, and has provided training both nationally and internationally on the implementation of developmental screening and Activity-based Intervention. Her professional interests include personnel preparation, the development and evaluation of early childhood assessment measures, and issues pertaining to the healthy development of internationally adopted children and support for their families.
Linda Albi - Master's Supervisor
Office: 304 CSB
Linda Albi is currently the Early Intervention Program's practicum coordinator and instructor of several graduate courses. Ms. Albi has a Master's degree in Early Intervention/Special Education and experience as an interventionist in community-based sites. She is also the supervisor of master's level students, co-coordinator of the rural master's program, Director of BOOST (Building on Opportunities for Summer Teaching) the EIP summer preschool classroom. She serves on the TSPC licensure committee and parent advisory board.
Misti Waddell - Sr. Research Assisstant
Office: 301 CSB
Misti Waddell, M.S., is a Senior Research Assistant/Supervisor in the Early Intervention Program at the University of Oregon. Since the early 1980s she has coordinated several federally-funded, field-initiated research projects, systems change and outreach training projects. Ms.Waddell contributes to the ongoing research and development of the Assessment, Evaluation and Programming System (AEPS) and provides AEPS training nationwide. In addition, she provides training on the Ages and Stages Questionnaires-3 and the Ages and Stages Questionnaires:Social Emotional. Currently, Ms. Waddell is coordinating research on the SEAM, a curriculum-based social-emotional assessment measure for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. She also serves as coordinator for PEECH (Parents’ Early Education for their Children), a project supporting parents recently reunited with their children following involvement with the child welfare system due to substance abuse issues.
Liz Twombly - Sr. Research Assistant
Liz Twombly works as a Senior Research Assistant and Instructor at the University of Oregon's Early Intervention Program. Liz currently coordinates project BEST (Benchmarks in Early Screening and Testing), a research project funded through the Center on Disease Control (CDC) focused on creating benchmark (i.e., indicators) for early intervention systems that may increase the timeliness and efficiency of state's Part C services. Liz also co-coordinates the Family Early Advocacy and Treatment(FEAT) Project, focused on creating policies and procedures to ensure the identification, referral and safe care of substance exposed newborns in communities in Oregon. Liz has worked on the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) research team for the past 20 years, is a contributing author on the third edition of the ASQ, one of the authors on the Ages and Stages Questionnaires: Social Emotional (ASQ:SE), and lead author on the ASQ Learning Activities. Liz provides training across the U.S. and other countries on the use of these screening tools as well as broader screening and childfind systems. Liz areas of interest include infant mental health, the inclusion of mental health in early intervention systems, family-guided early intervention, and the adaptation of assessment measures to ensure culturally appropriateness.
Heidi von Ravensberg - Research Assistant
Office: 05 CSB Basement
Dr. Heidi von Ravensberg received her Juris Doctor in law and her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. Her interests are in research to improve the education and outcomes for students with disabilities and at risk youth, disability rights law and Disability Studies. She is a Co-coordinator of the Disability Studies Initiative (http://studydisability.uoregon.edu), a project of the UO Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in the College of Education; a Research Associate conducting legal research and writing on matters of behavior and discipline for the Educational and Community Supports research unit in the College of Education; and an Adjunct Instructor in the School of Law where she teaches the disability law course, a combined course offered to education and law students. Heidi has been legally blind for most of her life from Retinitis Pigmentosa and Macular Degeneration. She uses a female Golden Retreiver Guide dog named Tomassa.
Dr. Diane Bricker
Dr. Diane Bricker joined the University of Oregon in 1978 as a Professor of Special Education and Director of the Early Intervention Program. Dr. Bricker was director of the Early Intervention Program since its inception at the University of Oregon. She taught graduate level courses, and was involved in program development and outreach, and research. She is internationally known and respected for her work on Activity-Based Intervention and the Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System volumes. In December 1992, Dr. Bricker received the Division of Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children Service to the Field Award.