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About Suzanne Adams

I began my career as a preschool teacher and facilitator of parent education classes. It was when I became a master teacher at a college early childhood lab school that I discovered how much I enjoyed teaching and mentoring adult students to become early childhood professionals. I completed my Ph.D. and assumed the role of education coordinator for a large urban Head Start, providing technical supervision, leadership, and training to 224 Head Start teachers and assistants. Increasingly aware of the need for qualified early childhood professionals, I began teaching part-time at UCD and acting as Principal Investigator for several personnel preparation and early childhood mental health grants. My journey at UCD evolved into clinical professor and program leader for Early Childhood Education.

My work and research in early childhood mental health paralleled the growing evidence for a compelling link between social/emotional development, behavior, and school success. Research over the last decade confirms my belief that young children need a minimum level of social and emotional competence to successfully interact with others and benefit from the learning environment of the school setting. Early childhood programs that have a focus on social skills serve as an important foundation for young children's later school readiness, social adjustment, and overall well-being, with demonstrated improved outcomes related to drop out and attendance, grade retention, and special education referrals.


Present Clinical Professor, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Campus Excellence in Teaching Award/Clinical Teaching Track (2011)
  • SEHD Excellence in Teaching Award (2011)
  • Featured in article in EDition (2009)
  • SEHD Excellence in Teaching Award/Senior Instructor (2007)
  • Featured in article in Latitude (Winter, 2006)
  • SOE Excellence in Teaching Award/Senior Instructor (May, 2001)
  • UCD Principal Investigator of the Month (October, 2000)
  • A Season for Nonviolence Honoree (l998)
  • Russell M. Meyers Award (1993)
  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (1992)
  • Colorado Graduate Fellowship Award (1991)
  • Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society (1990-1992)
  • Graduated with Highest Distinction Colorado State University (l972)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (1970-1972)
  • Honors Scholarship Colorado State University (1970)


  • ECE 5800 Ready to Read, Write, and Relate: Language and Literacy Development
  • ECE 5800 Techniques for Dealing with Children Experiencing Stress and Violence
  • ECE 5800 CARES Model
  • ECE 5104 Advanced Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
  • ECE 5102 Introduction to Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
  • ECE 6690 Seminar: Research and Current Issues in ECE
  • ECE 5040 Administrative Seminar
  • ECE 5202 Stress, Violence, and Behavior Challenges in Young Children
  • ECE 5070 Social and Cognitive Development and Disorders
  • ECE 5060 Working with Parents and Families
  • ECE 5010 Curriculum and Program Development
  • EPSY 5100 Advanced Child Growth and Development


1992 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Colorado Denver ‐ Administration, Supervision and Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Curriculum
1976 Master of Arts, University of Colorado Denver ‐ Developmental Psychology, Early Applied Developmental Psychology
1972 Bachelor of Science, Colorado State University - Fort Collins

Books (1)

Refereed Articles (2)

Additional Publications (2)

Non-Refereed Papers and Publications (17)