UGA education professor appointed to national Head Start review panel

UGA education professor appointed to national Head Start review panel

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia education professor Stacey Neuharth-Pritchett, a widely recognized researcher in early educational intervention and kindergarten retention, has been named to a national panel that will review the performance of the Head Start program.

Neuharth-Pritchett, an associate professor in the College of Education’s department of educational psychology and instructional technology, was appointed to the Head Start Program Performance Standards Review panel by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

She is one of 32 panelists from across the nation charged with providing state-of-the-art evidence relating to the functioning of the Head Start program. The panel will also offer guidance in revising the $7 billion federal program’s standards.

Neuharth-Pritchett’s research focuses on early educational intervention and students placed at-risk, and the continuity of educational experiences on children’s transitions from preschool into the primary years of public school. She is currently conducting research on the effects of early grade retention as well as interventions for children with chronic asthma.

Neuharth-Pritchett is associate editor of the Journal of Research in Childhood Education for the Association for ChildhoodEducation International, belongs to the Applied Cognition and Development Program in Educational Psychology and is a Fellow in the Institute for Behavioral Research at UGA. She teaches courses in educational researchmethodology and applied educational measurement and leads seminars on psychological issues for young children placed at-risk. She also serves as graduate coordinator for her department.

Neuharth-Pritchett joined the UGA faculty in 1997. She earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Purdue University.