Peggy Gallagher, Professor Emerita, Early Childhood Special Education at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA has over 30 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Special Education, both as a classroom teacher and as a University faculty member. Dr. Gallagher directed Project SCEIS (Skilled Credentialed Early Interventionists) for 15 years at Georgia State University. SCEIs, a collaborative of Georgia universities, developed and oversaw the training of early intervention personnel and families in Georgia’s Babies Can’t Wait Part C Early Intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, as well as the parent educator program which hired family members of young children with disabilities to help work with new families.
Her research interests are in families of children with disabilities, inclusion for young children with disabilities, and personnel preparation in special education. Specific to families, Gallagher has published a book (in its third edition) on siblings of children with special needs. She has published over 60 articles in refereed journals and served on the Board of Reviewers for 6 journals.
Gallagher is involved in special education at the international level as well. She has been an active member of the European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) and is the past Director of International Programs for the College of Education at Ga. State University. Gallagher has recently presented her research on families and early intervention in Turkey, China, Hong Kong, and India and completed a Fulbright Senior Specialist project writing a curriculum to train special education teachers in Sri Lanka. In the Fall of 2018, she completed a Fulbright assignment in Mongolia, training assistant teachers to include children with autism in their classrooms.