Suzanne Yockelson Ph.D.

SCHOOL OF Education

Suzanne Yockelson Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Special Education Early Childhood Education


San Diego

Suzanne Yockelson Ph.D.



Dr. Yockelson’s training and experience focuses on pre-professional and in-service training and consultation that focuses on creating early childhood systems that implement NAEYC developmentally Appropriate Practices and the Council on Exceptional Child’s Division of Early Childhood recommended practices.  Among her research interests are systems for early identification, referral and intervention for young children who are at risk for or who have disabilities, the promotion of social and emotional competence in early childhood (e.g., early childhood mental health), and including all young children in the natural environment.  Dr. Yockelson has consulted with a wide range of programs who serve young children and their families such as early childhood education providers, social service agencies, early childhood mental health agencies, and social service agencies, and health care providers. She has provided consultation and training with individual agencies such as Head Start grantees, statewide initiatives in the United States and provincial programs in Canada.


  • Special Education Early Childhood Education
  • Psychiatric Mental Health


Ph.D. in Special Education: Early Intervention

University of Oregon

Dissertation: “A study on the effects of a parent training program on the behavior of foster parents and their foster children”

M.A. in Education: Early Childhood / Special Education

California State University, Northridge
Masters with Distinction. Teaching Credentials.

B.A. Liberal Studies

California State University, Northridge

Scholarly Activities

Brookes on Location - Continuous professional development on screening and early referral for child development and early childhood mental health.

Participation on the San Diego Quality Rating Improvement Rating System Consortium

Member of the California Professors of Early Childhood Special Education

On-going consultation on sustainable change in early childhood

Professional Experiences

Co-Developer and Trainer

Ages and Stages Social Emotional Screening Tool

Co-Developer of the Ages and Stages Emotional screening tool as well as trainer of the ASQ system (Nationally and Internationally).

Trainer of Trainers

Pediatricians and Family Providers

Train and Trainer of Trainers for pediatricians and family providers on implementing evidence based screening measures in their practice.


Child Development Screening

Consult with West-Ed on creating sustainable systems related to QRIS and developmental screening.

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