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Corbett, Nancy

Corbett, NancyAssistant Scholar
School of Special Education, School Psychology and Early Childhood Studies

College of Education
University of Florida
1402 Norman Hall
PO Box 117050
Gainesville FL 32611

Research Biography

During my tenure at the University of Florida in the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies, I’ve concentrated my research on literacy-related interventions for students at risk of school failure and the professional development of teachers who work with struggling learners. I have served as Co-Principal Investigator and project director on numerous federally funded projects and am currently the co-PI and project director on an IES funded project, SELF: Social-Emotional Learning Foundations. In the SELF project, we are developing a social emotional learning curriculum employing vocabulary and storybook reading strategies using children’s literature to promote emotional and behavioral self-regulation for students in grades K-1 and evaluating the feasibility of implementing SELF during supplementary, small-group reading instruction. Also, I recently concluded another IES project with Dr. Mary Brownell, Literacy Learning Cohorts, in which we designed a professional development innovation to foster grades 3-5 special education teachers use of evidence-based practices for teaching decoding and fluency. Through all of my research, I am continuously reminded that we cannot develop effective interventions without also addressing the professional development needs of the teachers we ask to implement these practices. In order to improve the academic and behavior outcomes of students, we must also provide sufficient and supportive learning opportunities for the teachers who are ultimately expected to develop the expertise to ameliorate their students’ difficulties.


  • Ph.D. – University of Florida, 1996, Special Education
  • M.Ed. – University of Florida, 1982, Reading
  • B.S. – Virginia Tech, 1977, Elementary Education

Key Professional Appointments

  • Assistant Scholar, University of Florida, Department of Special Education, 1997-present
  • Instructor, University of Florida, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, 1982-1996

Activities & Honors

School Support Colleague, Northeast Florida Education Consortium


Co-Principal Investigator. Project ABC: Access to Books for Children, 2004, US Department of Education, Office for Special Education Programs, Field Initiated Project, $540,000.

Co-Principal Investigator. Project M.S.S. SAIL: Middle School Students Summer Adventures in Literacy,2001, US Department of Education, Office for Special Education Programs, Directed Research Project, $540,000.

Co-Principal Investigator, NEFEC-UF Collaborative Teacher Education Program: 1998, US Department of Education, Office for Special Education Programs, Personnel Preparation, $600,000.

Selected Publications

Corbett, N. L., Smith, D. Wilkinson, W. (2003). What Makes Reading Hard? Teacher training manual. Northeast Florida Education Consortium.

Hayes, L.F. & Corbett, N. L. Schiffbauer. J. (2001). Informal assessment: Using the QRI-III. Teacher training manual. Northeast Florida Education Consortium.

Corbett, N. L., & Sindelar, P.T. (2000). The NEFEC/UF collaborative teacher education program. Education Times, 5,2; 3-5.

Corbett, N. L., Kilgore, K. L., & Sindelar, P. T. (1998). Making sense of a collaborative teacher education program. Teacher Education and Special Education,21,4; 293-305.

Smith, S.J. Jordan, L., Dillon, A., & Corbett, N.L. (1999). “Using the World Wide Web to enhance Graduate Education for Teachers of Students with ADHD” Teaching Exceptional Children, 31, 6; 20-27.