Mary Barbara Boat

Mary Barbara Boat

Associate Professor and Director School of Education

Teachers College


CECH Education - 0022

Professional Summary

Dr. Mary Boat received her PhD. in Educational Psychology-Special Education with concentrations in early childhood and developmental disabilities from the University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Boat was a faculty member at Western Carolina University where she worked with the interdisciplinary birth through kindergarten teacher licensure program. Dr. Boat's primary focus is young children with or at risk for disabilities. She has conducted research and published in the areas of social competence in preschool age children with disabilities, program development in teacher education, effective instruction in preschool settings/Head start, and assessment in early childhood. She is the recipient of federal and state funding including grants related to assessment and instruction in early childhood/Head Start and developing  on-line teacher education for working with infants and toddlers and their families.

Research Support

Grant: #90YD0271-01 Investigators:Boat, Mary Barbara; Holstrom, Lisa; Neal, Melissa 09-30-2008 -09-29-2012 Administration for Children and Families Online Associates Degree for Infant/Toddler Teachers Role:Collaborator $3,000,000.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #NSF DRL-1114674 Investigators:Boat, Mary Barbara; Brown, Rhonda; Carr, Victoria; Johnson, Carla; Kloos, Adelheid; Kuschner, David; Meyer, Helen; Moomaw, Sally Coup; Pan, Wei; Plevyak, Linda 10-01-2011 -09-30-2013 National Science Foundation Playscapes: Designed Nature Environments to Promote Informal Science Learning Role:Collaborator $330,124.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #DRL-1516191 Investigators:Boat, Mary Barbara; Brown, Rhonda; Carr, Victoria; Kloos, Adelheid; Maltbie, Catherine; Plano Clark, Vicki 01-15-2016 -12-31-2018 National Science Foundation STEM in the PlayScape: Building Knowledge for Educational Practice Role:Collaborator $1,116,905.00 Awarded Level:Federal


Peer Reviewed Publications

Dinnebeil, L.A., Boat, M.B., & Bae, Y. (2012. )Integrating Principles of Universal Design into the Early Childhood Curriculum. Dimensions in Early Childhood, ,

Boat, M.B., Dinnebeil, L.A., Bae, Y (2010. )Individualizing instruction for preschool children. .Dimensions in Early Childhood, ,38, ,3-11

Moomaw, S., Carr, V, Boat, M.B., & Barnett, D (2010. )Preschoolers’ number sense. .Teaching Children Mathematics (NCTM), , ,16, ,332-340

Boat, M.B., Carr, V.C., Barnett, D, Macmann, G., Moomaw, S., Pan, W., & Nichols, A (2009. )Instructional change in preschool classrooms: A study of empirically-based teacher support. NHSA Dialog: A Research to Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field, ,12 (4 ),307-326.

Boat, M.B., Carr, V.C., Barnett, D, Macmann, G., Moomaw, S., Pan, W., & Nichols, A. (2009. )Improving instruction in head start preschool classrooms through feedback and support to teachers. .NHSA Dialog: A Research to Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field, , ,12 (4 ),347-353

Boat,M.B., Zorn, D., Austin, J.T. (2005. )Assessment for accountability in early childhood programs: Lessons learned in Ohio. .NHSA Dialog: A Research to Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field, ,8 (1 ), 5-15

Carpenter, D., Bloom, L., & Boat, M.B (1999. )Socially valid outcomes as quality indicators for special education practices. .Intervention in Schools and Clinics, ,34 (3 ),143-149

Hupp, S.C., Boat, M.B., & Alpert, A.S. (1992. )Impact of adult interaction on play behaviors and emotional responses of preschoolers with developmental delays. .Education and Training in Mental Retardation, , ,27, ,145-152

Book Chapter

Malone, D.M.; Boat, M.B. (2005 )Intellectual and developmental disabilities: Toward full community (3rd ed.) Early childhood intervention .(pp. 51-92).Austin, TX,Pro-ed

Boat, M.B. (2005 )Case studies in human services consultation School based collaborative teaming in special education services .Florence, KY,Brooks/Cole publishing

Boat,M.B.; V,Carr (2004 )Creating a place for all children: responding to challenging behaviors in early childhood setting How do I know when I need outside help? .Baltimore, MD,

Malone, D.M.; Boat, M.B. (2002 )Mental retardation and developmental disabilities (3rd ed.) Early childhood intervention .Austin, TX,ProEd Publishers

Boat, M.B.; Boat, B.W. (1995 )Case studies in human services consultation School-based collaborative learning in special education services .Pacific Grove, CA,