Katherine McCormick, Ph.D.
Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling
120 Stuckert Career Center
Dr. Katherine McCormick is a Professor in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and holds the James W. and Diane V. Stuckert Service-Learning Professorship.
Dr. McCormick has been actively involved in a number of program, department, college and university initiatives at UK. She has served as Program Chair and Chair of the College of Education Faculty Council. University service has included Senate Council membership, and chair and member of the Senate’s Retroactive Withdrawal and Appeals Committee. She currently serves on the Graduate Council, the Academic Area Advisory Committee for the Social Sciences and the University Appeals Board, and is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Work Team for the new University Financial Model.
Dr. McCormick came to UK in 1998 from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. She attended Auburn University for her Ph.D. and the University of Alabama Birmingham for advanced degrees in School Psychology. While in Alabama Dr. McCormick worked as a classroom teacher of young children with developmental delays and also worked as a school psychologist. She also directed a rural migrant program, and taught at-risk adolescents and youth in an alternative school program.
Dr. McCormick is active in teaching, research and service. While in Georgia, Dr. McCormick was appointed by the Governor to chair the Georgia Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention. In Kentucky, Governor Beshear appointed her to the Early Childhood Authority. She serves on numerous college and university committees as well as state and national boards including editorial board membership for the premier journal in her discipline, the Journal of Early Intervention.
Dr. McCormick is a successful researcher in the fields of early intervention and early childhood special education. She has participated as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on numerous projects funded by private foundations or state and federal agencies. Research with other colleagues at UK includes a 3-yr research and evaluation project of the Kentucky primary program and a 7-yr federally funded project to study transition for young children with disabilities and their families across the early childhood years. She disseminates her work regularly through publications and presentations.
Current research interests include transition for young children, assessment and accountability practices, community engagement, and service-learning.