Amy Wagner

Amy Lee Wagner

Executive Director of the UW Child Development Lab, PhD, M.A.Ed.
1263 Nancy Nicholas Hall
(608) 890-4253

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

— Maya Angelou

I’ve dedicated my career to improving the lives of young children though education and early intervention since I was an undergraduate student here at the School of Human Ecology and School of Education in the late 90s. I’m thrilled to be back at my alma mater as the Executive Director of the UW Child Development Lab! Throughout my career and formal education, I have had the opportunity to consider the experiences of young children through a number of different perspectives: as a student teacher, head teacher, program coordinator, program assessor, researcher, graduate student, early interventionist, parent trainer, and college lecturer. I have my B.S. and WI teaching license in PK-3 Early Childhood Education from UW-Madison; my M.A.Ed. from Mills College in Oakland, CA; and my Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of California Davis. I’m a certified trainer for the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) and a certified Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapist for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I spent 7 years working at WestEd’s Center for Child and Family Studies and was one of the primary writers of the Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations of the California Department of Education Child Development Division. I spent 3 years as the Infant-Toddler Program Coordinator for the Early Childhood Education Center at San Francisco State University before returning to graduate school. My aim as the Executive Director is to help the UW Child Development Lab reach its teaching, research, and outreach missions on campus and in the larger community.


More information on the UW Child Development Lab

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My research interests include: the effectiveness of teacher professional development on the quality of infant/toddler care, the effects of early intervention for infants and toddlers with ASD, and the use of online screening tools with at-risk populations, particularly with boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Undergraduate Courses:

HDFS 501: Infant/Toddler Development & Group Care (Fall 2018)

Associate Instructor, UC Davis – School of Education (Summer 2015)

Education 110: Educational Psychology for Teacher Credential Students

Lecturer, UC Davis – School of Education (Spring Quarters 2013, 2014, & 2015)

Education 199: Learning, Human Development, & Schools

Lecturer, San Francisco State University – School of Education (Fall Semesters 2007 & 2008)

EED 610: Observation & Assessment of Young Children

Graduate Courses:

Lecturer, San Francisco State University – School of Education (Summer 2007)

EED 820: Seminar on Infant/Toddler Group Care Educational Programs

Peer Review Journal Articles:

McDonald, C.M., Henricson, E.K., Oskarsson, B.E., Aguilar, C., Nicorici, A., Joyce, N., Reddy, D., Wagner, A.L., deBie, E., Goude, E., Abresch, R.T., Villareal, F., Perkins, G., Hathout, Y., Dugar, S., Schreiner., G. (Submitted June 2016). Epicatechin enhances mitochondrial biogenesis, increases dystrophin and utrophin, increases follistatin while decreasing myostatin, and improves skeletal muscle exercise response in adults with Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD). Neuromuscular Disorders.

Rogers, S.J., Vismara, L.A., Wagner, A.L., McCormick, C., Young, G., Ozonoff, S. (2014). Autism treatment in the first year of life: A pilot study of Infant Start, a parent-implemented intervention for symptomatic infants. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 2981-95.

Vismara, L.A., McCormick, C., Wagner, A.L., Monlox, K., Nadhan, A., & Young, G.S. (2018). Telehealth parent training in the Early Start Denver Model: Results from a randomized controlled study. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 33, 67-79.

Invited Book Chapter:

Wagner, A.L., Wallace, K.S., & Rogers, S.J. (2014). Developmental treatment approaches for young children with autism spectrum disorders. In P. Sturmey, D. Dixon, J. Matson, & J. Tarbox (Eds.) The Handbook of Early Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research, Practice, and Policy. New York: Springer.

 California Department of Education Child Development Division Publications as a Contributing Author:

California Department of Education Child Development Division (CDE CDD) (2007). The Infant-Toddler Learning and Development Foundations. Sacramento, CA: CDE Press.

California Department of Education Child Development Division (CDE CDD) (2005). The Infant-Toddler Desired Results Developmental Profile – Revised. Sacramento, CA: CDE Press.