Bonnie Keilty, Ed.D, has worked in early intervention for 25 years, including research, teaching, practice, and national service. She currently holds a faculty position at Hunter College, City University of New York as an Associate Professor in Special Education and coordinates Hunter’s Early Childhood Special Education Program. She has held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Teachers College, Columbia University, and the University of Connecticut, supporting graduate and undergraduate students, and practicing professionals, in various aspects of early childhood intervention, most particularly family-professional partnerships, home visiting, effective assessment practices, classroom adaptations, and early childhood development.
Her research agenda is effective early intervention systems designed to support families in meeting their parenting role of promoting their child’s learning and development according to the goals they have for their child within their family system, everyday life, and cultural lens. Specifically, Dr. Keilty’s research focuses on family-professional partnerships, prenatal supports, home visit planning and implementation, and professional development and preparation. All of her work stresses the translation of research and theory to practice.
Dr. Keilty has authored peer-reviewed articles and two books on Early Intervention — The Early Intervention Guidebook for Families and Professionals: Partnering for Success (2016) in its second edition and Seven Essentials for Family-Professional Partnerships in Early Intervention (2017). She serves on the Editorial Board of Infants and Young Children, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, and the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.
Dr. Keilty is a former President of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the international professional association for those who work with or on behalf of young children with disabilities and their families. She has also previously chaired DEC’s Governmental Relations Committee.
Dr. Keilty holds a Masters and Doctorate in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Health, from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Keilty has practiced in a variety of early intervention environments, including home, community, classroom, and hospital-based settings.
Research Areas: Early childhood inclusion, Effective early intervention systems, Family-professional partnerships, Home visit planning and implementation, Home visiting, Prenatal supports, Professional development, Strengths-based interventions