Patricia Snyder, Ph.D.

David Lawrence Jr. Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Studies
Director of the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies
Email: | Twitter: @patriciaazceecs


  • Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education/Infant Specialization;
    minor in psychology,
    University of New Orleans
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute,
    University of North Carolina at
    Chapel Hill
  • M.Ed. in Special Education
    Millersville University, Pennsylvania
  • B.S., in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Summa Cum Laude,
    State University of New York at Geneseo

Awards & Appointments

  • Division for Early Childhood Award for Mentoring, 2015
  • Technical Consultant, What Works Clearinghouse [Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education], Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education
  • Associate Editor, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education
  • Mary McEvoy Service to the Field award from the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, 2011
  • David Lawrence Jr. Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Studies, 2007-Present
  • Editor of the Journal of Early Intervention, 2005-2010
  • Merle B. Karnes Award for Service to the Division, International Division for Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children, 2000

Curriculum Vitae

Patricia Snyder, Ph.D.


Dr. Snyder is the inaugural recipient of the David Lawrence Jr. Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Studies. She is a professor of special education and early childhood studies in the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies, College of Education. In the College of Medicine, she is an affiliate professor of pediatrics and an affiliate faculty member of the Institute for Child Health Policy. Dr. Snyder is widely regarded for her research focused on developing, validating and evaluating interventions for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with or at risk for disabilities or those with social and behavioral challenges.

Dr. Snyder has had various roles in interdisciplinary early intervention and early learning programs for young children from birth to age 5, their families, and the personnel who support them. She has been a home visitor, classroom teacher, clinical coordinator and staff member, program director, faculty member, higher education administrator, and researcher. She brings to each position an unwavering commitment to integrate and improve interdisciplinary systems, services, and supports to enhance the quality and effectiveness of early intervention and early learning.

Dr. Snyder has a sustained publication record with more than 102 refereed articles and chapters. She has served as principal investigator (PI) or co-principal investigator (Co-PI) for many externally funded projects, including studies funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. She has received numerous honors and awards for her teaching, research and service excellence.

Recent Grants

Impact of Professional Development on Preschool Teachers’ Use of Embedded-Instruction Practices: An Efficacy Trial of Tools for Teachers
  • Funded by Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education (7/1/15 – 6/30/19)
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Award: $3,498,113
Embedded Instruction California
  • Funded by Fresno County Superintendent of Schools (7/1/15 – 6/30/16)
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Award: $300,000
Preparing Leaders in Early Childhood Studies and Implementation Science (PLECSIS)
  • Funded by US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (5/16/15 – 4/15/19)
  • Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Award: $995,218


  • Division for Early Childhood Recommended Practices Commission. October 2012 — present
  • Chair, Division for Early Childhood Proposing Group. October 2014 — present
  • Member, Florida Early Childhood Articulation Subcommittee, FL Office of Early Learning, December 2015-present
  • Personnel Preparation and University Representative, Expanding Opportunities for Preschool Inclusion, Florida Interagency Initiative, 2007 — present
  • Member, Alachua County Children’s Services Council Advisory Board, August 2016 — December 2018 (Appointment by Alachua County Board of County Commissioners)
  • Board of Directors, United Way of North Central Florida, 2012 — present

Select Publications

Snyder, P., Hemmeter, M.L., & Fox, L. (2015). Supporting implementation of evidence-based practices through practice-based coaching. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 35, 133-143.

Bishop, C.D., Snyder, P., & Crow, R. (2015). Impact of video self-monitoring with graduated training on implementation of embedded instruction learning trials. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 35, 170-182. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0271121415594797

Snyder, P., *Rakap, S., Hemmeter, M.L., *McLaughlin, T., Sandall, S., & McLean, M. (in press). Naturalistic instructional approaches in early learning: A systematic review. Journal of Early Intervention. Advance online publication. doi: 0.1177/1053815115595461

*McLaughlin, T., Snyder, P., & Algina, J. (2015). Characterizing early childhood disabilities in a nationally representative sample using functional profiles. Exceptional Children, 81, 471-488.

*Shannon, D., Snyder, P., & McLaughlin, T. (2015). Preschool teachers’ insights about web-based self-coaching versus on-site expert coaching. Professional Development in Education, 41, 290-309. doi 10.1080/19415257.2014.986819

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