Marie Masterson Ph D Transforming the world of children through the power of positive relationship

Marie Masterson Ph D


Marie L. Masterson, Ph.D. is associate professor at Dominican University, River Forest, IL, past coordinator of The Director’s Institute at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, and is an educational consultant to state and local schools and early childhood organizations. She is an early childhood researcher, child behavior expert, teacher and parent educator, author and speaker. As early childhood specialist for the Virginia Department of Education, she provided leadership to state level organization such as The Virginia Preschool Initiative, and served as a liaison to the state Head Start Organization, Inclusive Placement Opportunities for Preschoolers, and the Virginia Quality Star Rating System. She is the 2005 recipient of the outstanding student in early childhood education award, holds a Virginia meritorious teacher distinction, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi.

Dr. Masterson has provided professional consultation and service to the Virginia Department of Education, Virginia State Professional Development Strategic Council Task Force, Virginia Early Childhood Education Priority Project Committee, Smart Beginnings South Hampton Roads Technical Advisory Committee and the National Association of State Board of Education Virginia Grant Committee. She currently provides consulting and professional development to childcare centers and schools who are in the process of supporting high quality environments and instructional and relational interactions that increase optimal achievement and school adjustment for all children.

Dr. Masterson is a Fulbright Specialist in Early Childhood Education and was the recipient of a 2011 Fulbright Early Childhood Grant Award to develop a training institute for positive, responsive discipline practices in early childhood education settings with Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. With Katharine Kersey, she is the co-author of 101 Principles for Positive Guidance with Young Children: Creating Responsive Teachers, which was recently released by Pearson Professional Development and Higher Education Division. In addition, she has contributed to a number of early childhood education guidance and training documents and given professional review for journals, text books, and state developmental standards and milestones.

Professional Development

Dr. Masterson presents workshops on a variety of topics including behavior guidance, classroom management, connecting schools and families, building a positive school culture, resilience in children at risk, fostering culturally responsive practice, exploring media influences on children, supporting social-emotional development, boosting optimal achievement outcomes, parenting, peers, and siblings. She presents at state and national conferences including the National Association of Educators of Children and Association for Childhood Education International.

In 2014, Dr. Masterson conducted research on the social-emotional development of children in Ethiopia and authored a character education program entitled, “Empowering Children for Life.” She speaks frequently on the human rights of children and the need for non-violent child rearing practices and protections in the U.S. and around the world. In 2014, she presented at the Loyola Center for Human Rights Symposium, Creating a Non-violent Future: Children’s Rights and Advances in Protection Against Corporal Punishment:


Dr. Masterson serves on the board of Collaboration for Early Childhood Education

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