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Dr. Nicole Patton Terry is the executive director of the Urban Child Study Center and an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders. She is a member of the university’s Board of Regents Initiative on Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy. Terry is also an associate editor for the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, a research scientist at Haskins Laboratories at Yale University, and a board member for the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading.

Dr. Nicole Patton-Terry

Nicole Patton Terry

Terry’s research interests concern young children with and without disabilities who struggle to acquire language and literacy skills, in particular children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and children living in poverty. The overwhelming majority of that work has focused on African American children in preschool through 3rd grade who speak non-mainstream American English dialects and who attend early childhood centers and schools in urban areas. Her research and scholarly activities have included experimental, intervention and evaluation studies of reading, writing and oral language skills, instruction and professional development.

As the executive director of the Urban Child Study Center, Terry is responsible for creating and maintaining research-practice partnerships with diverse community stakeholders, including early childhood education centers, schools and school districts, state departments, philanthropic and nonprofit groups, and civic and business leaders. By taking a collective impact approach and leveraging the resources of the college and the university, the center strives to promote the overall development and school success of children and youth growing up in urban areas. Under Terry’s direction, the center has increased the number, diversity and scope of research-practice partnerships between the college and various stakeholders in metro Atlanta and across the state of Georgia.

Terry completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Northwestern University in communication sciences and disorders with an emphasis in learning disabilities.