Professor Epley came to Erikson in 2009 from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, where she taught special education courses for six years. She earned her doctorate in special education at the University of Kansas.Dr. Epley’s research focuses on family outcomes of early intervention and early childhood special education. Specifically, she explores the relationship between supports and services provided to families with children with disabilities and the resulting outcomes. Other research interests include early childhood special education policy and integration of general and special education teacher preparation.

Areas of Expertise

Inclusive education for children with disabilities; early intervention; early childhood special education; and parent-professional partnerships

Honors

  • Judy Tate Outstanding Doctoral Student Medallion Award, University of Kansas, 2008
  • Research Competition Award, University of Kansas Graduate and Professional Association, 2007
  • Student Mini-Grant Award, Kansas Division of Early Childhood, 2006
  • Academic Merit Scholarship, University of Kansas School of Education, 2006-2008
  • Grace M. Phinney Scholarship, University of Kansas School of Education, 2006-2008

Education

B.S. in physical therapy, Rockhurst College, Kansas City, MO
M.A. in education, Rockhurst College, Kansas City, MO
Ph.D. in special education, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Related Experience

  • Adjunct Professor, Rockhurst University, 2003 – 2009
  • Special Service Educator/Physical Therapist, Kansas City Missouri School District, 1999-2005
  • Early Intervention Provider/Physical Therapist, Missouri First Steps Early Intervention Program, Kansas City, Missouri, 1997-2001

Service

  • Consultant in early childhood special education and family-school connections, New Schools Project, Erikson Institute, 2012-present
  • Illinois Early Intervention Service Delivery Approaches Focus Group, 2011-present
  • Illinois Early Intervention Family and Child Outcome Work Group 2010-present
  • Starnet Region V Early Childhood Community Focus Group, 2010-present
  • Editorial Board, Infants and Young Children, 2010-present
  • Journal Reviewer, The Journal of Early Intervention, 2008-present
  • Proposal Reviewer, Teacher Education Division of CED, Kaleidoscope reviewer, 2007, 2008
  • Secretary, University of Kansas Professionals for Disability (KUPD), 2007-2008
  • Policy Analyst, University of Kansas Beach Center on Disability, Computer Assisted Policy (CAPAT) Analysis of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C Proposed Regulations, 2007
  • Project Coordinator, University of Kansas Beach Center on Disability, Early Childhood Success Stories Project, 2006-2007
  • Early Childhood Community of Practice (CoP) Member, University of Kansas Beach Center on Disability, 2007-present,
  • Part C Procedural Manual Task Force, Kansas State Department of Education, 2006-2008
  • Student Representative, University of Kansas Department of Special Education, Honors and Awards Committee, 2007-2008
  • Member, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
  • Member, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Division of Early Childhood (DEC)
  • Missouri Division of Early Childhood (MDEC)
  • Division of Teacher Education (TED)
  • Member, University of Kansas Professionals for Disability (KUPD)

Recent Publications

Epley, P. H., & Kyzar, K. (2013). Partnerships with families. In S. Hooper & W. Umansky (Eds.), Young children with special needs (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

Epley, P. H. (2013). Parents’ perspectives of early childhood special education, engagement in everyday learning activities, and kindergarten performance of children with disabilities. Infants & Young Children, 26, 249-264.

Epley, P. H., Summers, J. A., & Turnbull, A. P. (2011). Family outcomes of early intervention: Families’ perceptions of need, services, and outcomes. Journal of Early Intervention, 33(3), 201-219.

Epley, P., Summers, J.A., & Turnbull, A.P. (2010). Characteristics and trends in family-centered conceptualizations. Journal of Family Social Work, 13, 1-18.

Epley, P., Gotto, G.S., Summers, J.A., Brotherson, M.J. Friend, A., Kyzar, K., Naag, L., et al. (2010). Support families of young children with disabilities: Examining the role of administrative structures. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 30(1), 21-30.

Brotherson, M. J., Summers, J. A., Naig, L., Kyzar, K., Friend, A., Epley, P., & Gotto, G. S. (2010). Partnership patterns: Addressing emotional needs in early intervention. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 30(1), 32-45.

Brotherson, M. J., Summers, J. A., Naig, L., Kyzar, K., Friend, A., Epley, P. H., & Gotto, G. S. (2009). Partnership patterns: Addressing emotional needs in early intervention. Manuscript submitted for publication to Topics in Early Childhood Special Education.

Epley, P.H., Summers, J.A., & Turnbull, A.P. (2010). Characteristics and trends in family-centered service delivery: A review of the literature. Journal of Family Social Work, 13, 1-18.

Epley, P.H., Summers, J.A., & Turnbull, A. (2008). Outcomes of early intervention: Examining the relationship between service adequacy, family outcomes, and family quality of life.  Manuscript submitted for publication to Journal of Early Intervention.

Epley, P.H., Gotto, G.G., Summers, J.A., Brotherson, M.J. Friend, A., Kyzar, K., Naag, L., et al. (2008). Family supports and services in early intervention: Examining the role of administrative structures. Manuscript in progress for submission to Journal of Disability Policy Studies.

Turnbull, A.P., Summers, J.A., Turnbull, R., Brotherson, M.J., Winton, P., Roberts, R., Snyder, P., McWilliam, R., Chandler, L., Schrandt, S., Stowe, M., Bruder, M.B., DiVenere, N., Epley, P., Hornback, M., Huff, B., Miksch, P., Mitchell, L., Sharp, L., & Stroup-Rentier, V. (2007). Family supports and services in early childhood:  A bold vision. Journal of Early Intervention, 29(3), 187-206.

Turnbull, A.P., Summers, J.A., Brotherson, M.J., & Epley, P.H. (2006). Moving from concerns to action: Enhancing early childhood family supports and services through a community of practice. TASH Connections, 32(3/4), 6-10.

Presentations

Epley, P. (2013, June). Family Needs Assessment. Chicago Metro Association for Education of Young Children’s Head to Toe Conference. Chicago, IL.

Epley, P. H. (2011, November). Early Childhood Special Education, Home-based Learning Activities, and Early School Performance. Presented at the DEC 27th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, National Harbor, MD.

Epley, P. (2008, March). Does Early Intervention Service Adequacy Predict Family Quality of Life? University of Kansas Graduate Student Research Competition. Lawrence, KS.

Epley, P., & Summers, J.A. (2007, October). Family-Centered Practice in Early Intervention: How Much Do We Really Emphasize Families? Division of early Childhood 23rd International Conference. Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Epley, P. (2007, March). Family Supports and Services in Early Intervention: An Analysis of Part C of IDEA. University of Kansas Graduate Student Research Competition. Lawrence, KS.

Summers, J.A., Gotto, G.S., Epley, P., & Kyzar, K. (2007, February 22). Meeting Family Needs for Emotional Support in Early Intervention. Kansas Division of Early Childhood 25th Annual Conference. Wichita, KS.

Summers, J.A., Patrick, R., Gotto, G.S., Epley, P., & Kyzar, K. (2007, February). School Readiness: Family Characteristics and Involvement, and Teacher Practices Related to Children’s Readiness for Kindergarten. Double Session. Kansas Division of Early Childhood 25th Annual Conference. Wichita, KS.

Epley, P., Wallace, L.S., Gross, J.S., & Kyzar, K. (2007, February). Early Childhood Success Stories Website. Kansas Division of Early Childhood 25th Annual Conference. Poster session. Wichita, KS.

Brotherson, M.J., Summers, J.A., Sharp, L., Epley, P., Gotto, G., Zuna, N.I., & Friend, A. (2006, October). Family Supports and Services: A Performance Ethnography. Division for Early Childhood 22nd Annual International Conference. Little Rock, AK.

Brotherson, M.J., Summers, J.A., Epley, P., Friend, A., Gotto, G., Zuna, N.I., & Turnbull, A.P. (2006, October). Exploring Family Services and Supports: What do families REALLY get from early intervention? Division for Early Childhood 22nd Annual International Conference. Little Rock, AK.

Zuna, N.I., Epley, P., Summers, J.A., & Gotto, G. (2006, October). Family Health Care, Quality of Life, and Child Development: Impacts and Outcomes. Poster Session. Division for Early Childhood 22nd Annual International Conference. Little Rock, AK.

Epley, P., & Summers, J.A. (2006, March). Considerations for Measuring Family-Centered Service Delivery. Kansas Division of Early Childhood Annual Conference. Overland Park, KS.

Ahn, S., Epley, P., Gross, J., Kang, J., Kim, T., Komara, C., Lee, H.J., Youngsun, L., Park, H.R., Sayles Wallace, L., & Turnbull, A.P. (2006, March). Family Outcome Website: An Ongoing example in Participatory Action Research (PAR). Poster Session. Kansas Division for Early Childhood Annual Conference. Overland Park, KS.

Turnbull, A.P., Summers, J.A., Brotherson, M.J., Epley, P., Friend, A., Zuna, N.I., & Sharp, L. (2005, November). Family-Centered Practices: A Focus Group. Midwest Faculty Institute. Kansas City, KS.