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Bryan, Amy

Amy E Bryan

Assistant Professor of Practice
Human Dev & Family Sci


Director, Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory

aebryan@utexas.edu

Phone: 512-471-3974

Office Location
SEA 1.440E

Postal Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Human Dev and Family Sci, College of Natural Sciences
108 E. Dean Keeton St. A2702
SEA 1.142A
Austin, TX 78712

Amy Bryan holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Learning and Development (Early Childhood Education), a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, and a doctorate in Human Development and Family Sciences. She has enjoyed successful careers in teaching, school counseling, and social work. Dr. Bryan has taught a variety of undergraduate courses in Human Development and Family Sciences. In addition to serving as the director of the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor in private practice. Dr. Bryan's research and clinical interests include early childhood development, education, and mental health—especially understanding and strengthening caregiver-child relationships.

Currently, Dr. Bryan is committed to developing a research program at the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory (PPFCFL). In addtion to working to increase the number and diversity of faculty and students who use the PPFCFL for research, Dr. Bryan is developing methods for systematically collecting and storing data on the children, families, and university students served by the PPFCFL. In collaboration with colleagues in HDFS, she is selecting measures and creating a database to make PPFCFL data valuable and accessible to course instructors and researchers. Ultimately, her goal is to develop a longitudinal dataset, rich with both qualitative and quantitative data. This will allow PPFCFL faculty to design studies and to collaborate with faculty at other lab schools around the country in a research consortium.

Bryan, A. E. (2010). Mothers’ emotions as predictors of toddlers’ autonomous behaviors. Available from https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/bitstream/handle/2152/ETD-UT-2010-12-2049/BRYAN-DISSERTATION.pdf

Bryan, A. E. & Dix, T. (2009). Mothers’ emotions and behavioral support during interactions with toddlers: The role of child temperament. Social Development, 18, 647-670.

Saunders, R., Manheimer, J., Bryan, A., Jacobvitz, D. & Hazen, N. (2005). Overcoming negative early experiences with parents: Pathways to earned-security [translated into Italian]. Psicoterapiae Scienze Umane. Monograph on Attachment.

2016 & 2018

Faculty Appreciation Award, University of Texas at Austin, Office of Services for Students with Disabilities

Select Conference Presentations (Peer Reviewed)

Bryan, A. (October, 2018). The neurobiology of developmentally appropriate practice. Presented to attendees at the annual conference of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. Galveston, TX.

Bryan, A. (April, 2018). Functional behavior assessment. Presented to attendees at the annual conference of the Austin Chapter of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. Austin, TX.

Bryan, A. (April, 2018). Positive behavior support. Presented to attendees at the annual conference of the Austin Chapter of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. Austin, TX.

Bryan, A. & Speranza, H. (July, 2016). Emergent curriculum: Blending the art and science of teaching. Presented to attendees at the annual conference of the Baptist Church Weekday Education Association. Austin, TX.

Bryan, A. (September, 2014). Infant and toddler mental health: How educators can help build the foundations of emotional well-being. Presented to attendees at the annual conference of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. Austin, TX.

Bryan, A. (October, 2013). Toddlers need a little more: Facilitative play skills to use with twos. Presented to attendees at the annual conference of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. San Antonio, TX.

Bryan, A. (October, 2013). The power of play: How different types of play enhance toddlers’ development. Presented to attendees at the annual conference of the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. San Antonio, TX.

Invited Presentations (2015-2018)

Bryan, A. (August, 2018). Functional behavior assessment and positive behavior support in early childhood settings. Presented to early childhood educators in the Eanes Independent School District, Austin, TX.

Bryan, A. (August, 2018). The he(art) and science of developmentally appropriate practice. Presented to early childhood educators in the Austin Independent School District, Austin, TX.

Bryan, A. (August, 2018). The neurobiology of developmentally appropriate practice. Presented to early childhood educators from the community. Sponsored by the Half Day Directors’ Group, Austin, TX.

Bryan, A. (July, 2018). Foster care and early education. Moderated early education panel. Presented to attendees of the Foster Care and Education Summit. Sponsored by the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families. Georgetown, TX.

Bryan, A. (August, 2017). Early childhood mental health. Presented to early childhood educators, social workers, intervention specialists, and home visiting professionals. Sponsored by Easter Seals and Project Hopes. Austin, TX.

Bryan, A. (August, 2017). Functional behavior assessment and positive behavior support in early childhood settings. Presented to faculty and staff of Austin Community College and the ACC Children’s Lab School. Austin, TX.

Bryan, A. (August, 2017). Infant & toddler mental health: How educators can help build the foundations of emotional well-being. Presented to staff of Child Inc. (Head Start). Austin, TX.

Bryan, A. (August, 2015). Toxic stress in young children: Understanding and addressing challenging behavior in the classroom. Presented to faculty and staff of Austin Community College and the ACC Children’s Lab School. Austin, TX.

UT Austin

Development of Psychopathology: Infancy through Adolescence (HDF 342)

Developmentally Appropriate Practice with Young Children (HDF 338)

Child Development and Child Development Laboratory (HDF 313/113L)

Texas State University

Infant & Toddler Development

Research Methods in Family and Consumer Sciences