Priscilla J. Hambrick-Dixon
Associate Professor of Educational Foundations
Priscilla J. Hambrick-Dixon is a licensed psychologist. She received her Ph.D. in Education and Psychology and MA in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan. Her post-graduate studies were in Child Clinical Psychology and Child Mental Health Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Department of Child Psychiatry, funded by the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program of the Ford Foundation, National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council. Her specialization, in psychology, is developmental and environmental psychology and in education, early childhood education, special education, educational assessment literacy and program evaluation.
Her work experiences include: serving as the first psychometrician and director of the Office of Research, Training and Development for the Bureau of Examinations for the City of New York, a consulting psychologist and chief psychologist in early childhood special education programs and program evaluator.
She teaches courses in child development and assessment in early childhood for the Hunter College Early Childhood Program. For the childhood education and secondary education programs, she has taught courses in Assessment of Student Learning. She has also conducted workshops and professional development sessions for educational personnel in early childhood programs, and for teachers and school administrators in the New York City public schools in assessment literacy.
Her research interests are: in psychology, the impact of physical environmental stressors on children’s development, multi-contextual influences specifically, commercial influences (i.e., media, food and fashion industries, illicit products-drugs, alcohol, guns and environmental pollutants) as stressors in children’s lives, and the spirituality of children and adolescents; and in education, teacher assessment literacy, educational assessment of student learning, and the use of assessment portfolios for teachers’ professional development.
She has published her work in professional journals and popular magazines and serves on the editorial board of Today’s Child magazine.