AA, Community College of Rhode Island BS, MS, PhD University of Rhode Island-Kingston
About Dr. Uttley
Dr. Uttley received her A.A. in Early Childhood Education from the Community College of Rhode Island, a B.S. and M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child Studies, and a Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Behavioral Science and Research Methodology from the University of Rhode Island (URI). The title of her doctoral dissertation was Multicultural awareness in college freshmen: An examination of measures and interventions. During her graduate work she studied with Dr. Diane M. Horm and Dr. John F. Stevenson.
As part of her work at Plymouth State University, she teaches undergraduate early childhood courses such as Young Children’s Learning and Development in Context. While a graduate assistant at URI, Dr. Uttley taught Developmental Psychology, Research Perspectives in Human Development, and first year seminars.
Her research interests include early care and education teacher preparation, Early Intervention programs, program evaluation, multiculturalism, and pet-assisted therapy. She has presented at numerous educational conferences including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), and the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO) annual conferences. Her work has been published in the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, Journal of Emotional Abuse, and she co-wrote a study guide for the text Development Through Life by Newman & Newman (2008). She is a member of NAEYC, the American Psychological Association (APA), and the International Society for the Study of Anthrozoology (ISAZ), among others.
Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Uttley worked as the Education Specialist for a small zoo in Massachusetts where her affection for animals led to her fascination with the influence of pets on people, especially young children. Her previous teaching experience occurred in private preschools in Massachusetts where she worked with children from age 3 to 6 and their families.