Dwight Irvin

Dwight Irvin, Ph.D 

Associate Professor

Dwight Irvin


(352) 273-4287



Dwight Irvin, Ph.D. joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 2023 as an Associate Professor in the College of Education and at the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies. Immediately preceding his position at the University of Florida, Dr. Irvin served as an Associate Research Professor at Juniper Gardens Children’s Project at the University of Kansas. Dr. Irvin has conducted research supported by the Institute for Educational Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation.

Throughout his career, Dr. Irvin’s research has focused on: 1) understanding the language environments that young children at-risk for and with disabilities experience in the school, home, and community via advanced measurement approaches, and 2) identifying novel ways to support talk within those settings (individually and collectively) in order to improve children’s developmental outcomes.


  • Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies


  • Ph.D. in Education, University of North Carolina, 2012
  • M.A. in Social Science, University of Amsterdam, 2004
  • B.A. in Political Science, University of Florida, 2002

Professional Appointments

  • Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Florida, 2023 – present
  • Affiliate, Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, University of Florida, 2023 – present

Activities and Honors

  • IES Post-Doctoral Training Program in Special Education: Response to Intervention (RTI) in Early Childhood, 2012 – 2015
  • Research Advisor, Department of Occupational Therapy Education, University of Kansas, 2016 – 2017

Selected Grants

Using Data to Build the Capacity of Teachers to Support Preschool Children Not Making Progress in Learning Literacy

  • Principal Investigator
Funding Agency
  • KU Research Go, University of Kansas
Project Period
  • 04/04/2022 – 04/04/2023
Award Amount
  • $29,965

Longitudinal Peer Social Networks and Early Language Development: Transforming Understanding of Critical Features of Young Children’s Classroom Experiences

  • Principal Investigator
Funding Agency
  • Lyle Spencer Research Award
Project Period
  • 04/01/2021 – 06/30/2024
Award Amount
  • $1,000,000

Validation of an Outcome Measure of Early Social-communication for Young Children with ASD

  • Co-Investigator
Funding Agency
  • National Institutes of Health
Project Period
  • 08/01/2020 – 06/30/2025
Award Amount
  • $2,783,114

Selected Publications

  • Walker, D., Buzhardt, J. Jia, F., Schnitz, A., Irvin, D.W., & Greenwood, C. R. (in press). Technical features of the early cognitive problem-solving indicator (EPSI) progress monitoring measure for infants and toddlers. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education.
  • Greenwood, CR., Higgins, S., McKenna, M., Buzhardt, J., Walker, D., Jun, A., Irvin, D.W., & Grasley- Boy, N. (2022). Using Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs) for infants and toddlers remotely. Journal of Early Intervention, 44(2), 168-189.
  • Lileikyte, R., Irvin, D.W., & Hansen, J.H.L. (2022). Assessing child communication engagement and statistical speech patterns via speech recognition in naturalistic active learning spaces. Speech Communication, 140, 98-108.