Katy Chapman, Ph.D.


Kathryn (Katy) Chapman, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Studies and affiliate of the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies.

Her research interests focus on the intersection of policy, leadership, and financial investments to address inequities across early childhood systems.

Immediately preceding her position at the University of Florida, Dr. Chapman was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Kentucky College of Education, Department of Educational Leadership Studies, under the mentorship of Dr. Beth Rous. In that position, she was actively involved in several research projects that developed her interest in the following areas: the early childhood workforce, educational transition/school readiness and support systems for vulnerable populations of children from birth through the early grades, educational leadership preparation in early childhood education and care, and continuity of care at times of external shocks for young children (birth through age five) and their families.

Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Dr. Chapman was a Kindergarten and Preschool teacher in Virginia, Wisconsin, and Arizona, and she worked as a Confidential Assistant with the Early Learning Team in the Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of Education. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Evaluation from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University.