Christy Tirrell-Corbin

Christy Tirrell-Corbin

Executive Director of the Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention at the University of Maryland

Brief Biography

Dr. Christy Tirrell-Corbin is the executive director of the Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention, as well as the director of the Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education teacher education program, at the University of Maryland. She is an award-winning faculty member, having been acknowledged for her scholarship, teaching and service.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Tirrell-Corbin worked in foster care and adoption in New York City. She views that experience as foundational to her career as a researcher where she focuses on young children at risk due to adversity, specifically those residing in low-resourced communities. Dr. Tirrell-Corbin has also worked extensively in Title I schools around issues of race, culture and trauma. She is the co-director of the Trauma Sensitive Pedagogy (TSP) project, which is currently being piloted in a Mid-Atlantic elementary school.

Dr. Tirrell-Corbin has been the principal investigator on numerous early childhood-focused grants that include external evaluations, curriculum design and implementation, and trauma-informed schools. The results of her research have been published and presented both nationally and internationally and funded by public, philanthropic and organizational entities. Dr. Tirrell-Corbin has also served as a consultant for PBS, National Geographic and Sesame Workshop.

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