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Cherryl L Bryant
Clinical Lecturer-Behavioral & Brain Sciences
Office MailstopMail Box: GR41, Room No.: GR 4.805 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-4476    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 M.S.Human Development and Early Childhood DisordersUniversity of Texas at Dallas1994
 B.A.Psychology.University of Wisconsin1977
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2005 - present: Clinical Lecturer. Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders program

    HDCD 5315, Assessment Theory; HDCD 5316, Developmental Assessment; HDCD 6370, Infant Intervention; HDCD 7320, Practicum; HDCD 7630, Internship; HDCD 7350, Advanced Seminar:  Assessment and Intervention.
    Classroom lectures and clinical supervision and evaluation of students, including onsite, and video and written supervision to train students to:

  •         communicate assessment results to families and other professionals
  •         evaluate and work with young children with special needs and their families (children ages Birth to Five Years)
  •         implement appropriate intervention strategies based on assessments results
  •         think critically about normal and atypical early childhood development.
  •         use of the reflective process to facilitate provision of services, explore as a group and individually
  •         function as part of an interdisciplinary team
  •         Maintain and develop new community-based training sites, including:
    •             Dallas and Collin County ECI programs, Playworks, Kid Netiks, New
    •             Connections, Bryan’s House, Vogel Alcove, Low Birth Weight Development
    •             Center, Richardson Family Literacy Center, Relief Nursery of Collin County
2004 - 2005: Lecturer I. Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders program

HDCD 5315, Assessment Theory; HDCD 5316, Developmental Assessment.
Extensive written supervision given on student videotaped assessments.
Trained students to:

  •     use a variety of assessment instruments, including recognizing the strengths and limitations of each test.
  •     improve observation and interaction skills with parents and children, including professional conduct
  •     include appropriate documentation of information on protocols
  •     identify and explain the strengths and needs for each child
  •     write a professional report
  •     report results to the family
  •     observe professional boundaries
  •     function within a team assessment
2001 - 2005: Research Associate and Clinical Supervisor

Project FAMILY 2001+: a federally funded personnel preparation Grant #H325A 010071.
Interdisciplinary training, mentoring and supervision of graduate students in the Early Childhood Disorders and Speech Language Pathology programs.
Training of students includes:

  •     use of a variety of assessment tools
  •     verbally and in written form, reporting results to caregivers
  •     improving observational skills
  •     recognizing strengths and needs, developing goals and activities based on assessment results
  •     professional conduct and boundaries
  •     use of the reflective process to facilitate provision of services
  •     service coordination for the families
  •     Develop and maintain community-based training sites, including:
    •         Nexus, Vogel Alcove, Children’s Medical Center Low-Birth Weight
    •         Clinic, Baylor Medical Center Downtown-Our Children’s House,
    •         DISD Even Start Program
    •         Conduct mid-term and final student evaluations.
2001 - 2004: Director, Night Lights Medical Respite Program, Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas

For special needs children and their siblings, ages 3 months-12 years.  
Developed and implemented:

  •     policies and procedures
  •     staffing of volunteers
  •     volunteer training
  •     parent and family activities
  •     extra-mural funding for the program over a three year period, increasing program income yearly.
  •     Conducted child find activities.
  •     Completed and obtained a Crowley-Carter Grant for the program.
1998 - 2001: Educational Coordinator, RISE School of Dallas, Dallas, Texas

Participated in the development and implementation of a new preschool for children with disabilities and typically developing children.  Selected appropriate

developmental assessments, lead and participated in the team assessment, lead IFSP meeting.  Planned and provided staff development.  Worked with playground specialists to create a developmentally appropriate playground.  Liaison with church personnel at the school’s location.

1994 - 1998: Richardson Development Center for Children, Richardson, Texas

Team Supervisor/Mentor.

Supervisor in a Part C program.  Provided weekly individual and team mentoring sessions within a transdisciplinary team.  Conducted annual performance reviews. As part of the management team, provided support for the team, maintained ongoing referrals, intakes and dismissals, compiled monthly reports for the Program Director.

Early Intervention Specialist.

Early Intervention Specialist on a transdisciplinary team.  Consulted with other team members in the areas of cognitive and social-emotional development.  Conducted interdisciplinary evaluations using a variety of tools, including:

  • Denver Developmental Screening Test-II
  • Infant-Toddler Developmental Assessment
  • Hawaii Early Learning Profile
  • Functional Emotional Assessment Scale
  • Mullen Scale of Early Learning
  • Bayley, Scales I and II
  • Play-based formats
  • Developed Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), coordinated services with other agencies, transitioned child at age 3 years to appropriate agency. 
  • Participated in home and center based activities with families.  Supervised graduate students in Practicum and Internship placements.
1993 - 1994: Vogel Alcove, Dallas, Texas
  • Collaborated with the Social Worker in the “Kid Start” program.  Assessed children enrolled at Vogel; developed and implemented individualized cognitive and language programs using the “Portage Home Program” and assisted in the classrooms. 
  • Worked with the Early Intervention Specialist from a Part C program to assess children.
Research Interests

Incorporate family dynamics and family empowerment into the assessment and intervention process. Prepare students academically and clinically. Balance classroom learning with hands on, supervised field experience. Focus on the whole child. Integrate the child's strengths and needs across developmental domains into a comprehensive intervention approach.

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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
  The Impact of Learning Two Languages Simultaneously From Birth.

Two-hour presentation for Child Life Specialists in-service at Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.

  Training Lay-Volunteers to work with Special Needs Children

Three-hour presentation for respite program volunteers at Lover’s Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas.

  Richardson Development Center for Children - Early Childhood Intervention Services available to the Community.

One-hour presentation at Early Childhood PTA for the Richardson Independent School District, Richardson, Texas

  Attachment Issues and Their Implications for Foster Parents

Three-hour presentation for prospective Foster Parents with the Foster Parents Association, Dallas, Texas

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Texas Assoc. of Infant Mental Health
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2005-PresentClinical LecturerHuman Development and Early Childhood DisordersSchool of Behavioral and Brain SciencesUniversity of Texas at Dallas
2004-2005Lecturer IHuman Development and Early Childhood DisordersSchool of Behavioral and Brain SciencesUniversity of Texas at Dallas
2001-2005Research Associate and Clinical Supervisor School of Behavioral and Brain SciencesUniversity of Texas at Dallas
2001-2004DirectorNight Lights Medical Respite Program Lovers Lane United Methodist Church
1998-2001Educational Coordinator  RISE School of Dallas
1994-1998 Team Supervisor/Mentor  Richardson Development Center for Children
1993-1994Social worker  Vogel Alcove, Dallas, TX
1983-1992Lead Teacher  Temple Emanuel Preschool
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 Additional Information
Professional and University Citizenship
  • Texas Association for Infant Mental Health (TAIMH) - Member of the Endorsement Workgroup, a subcommittee of the Professional Education Committee of TAIMH to provide support as other universities  develop their programs.
  • Developed an agreement (MOU), created the endorsement process and endorsement criteria forms in collaboration with the Texas Association for Infant Mental Health (TAIMH), for students in the HDCD program to complete the majority of the work toward the Infant Mental Health Endorsement-Level 2 of the new TAIMH endorsement program. The forms created directly overlay with the objectives developed for the classes taught in the HDCD program.  This collaboration is the first one entered into by TAIMH and any University in the state of Texas.
  • Zero to Three/National Center for Clinical Infant Programs
  • Member of the Admissions Committee for the Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders Program, School of Behavioral and Brain Science
  • Developed an administration manual for one of the tests taught in the assessment class, (the DAYC), that many of the Texas ECI programs typically give, and  was part of an in-service training on the manual, for use by clinicians in ReadyStart, a Texas ECI program

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