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Anne McDonald Culp, Ph.D.


Program: Early Childhood Development and Education

Department: Child, Family, and Community Sciences

Office: ED 322J

Professional Summary

Dr. Anne McDonald Culp is a professor of Early Childhood Development and Education at the University of Central Florida. She has served higher education for 30 years with a combination of experiences in administration, teaching, and research. She currently teaches undergraduate students, as well as masters and doctoral students. She has pursued a consistent line of developmental research in the areas of: 1) early intervention program effects, particularly with home visitation programs with first-time parents and their infants; and 2) early childhood education, particularly with Head Start and PreK public school children and their parents. She has garnered over $8 million in grant funding across the past 27 years; published multiple journal articles and book chapters, and has numerous national and international research presentations. She edited a book entitled “Child and Family Advocacy: Bridging the Gap between Research, Policy and Practice.” Dr. Culp teaches courses in observation and assessment of young children, infant development, play development, and child advocacy. Dr. Culp is a fellow and past president of the Society of Child and Family Policy and Practice of the American Psychological Association. She currently sits on an editorial board for APA, and advisory boards of early head start programs.


PhD in Developmental and Child Psychology

Areas of Expertise

  • Observation and assessment of very young children
  • Parenting skills among young mothers
  • Advocacy of children and families

Research Interests

  • Parent-infant interaction
  • Learning among Head Start children
  • Early intervention and parent education

Recent Publications

Vatalaro, A., Culp, A. M., Hahs-Vaughn, D. L., & Barnes, A. C. (in press). A quasi-experiment examining expressive and receptive vocabulary knowledge of preschool head start children using mobile media apps. Early Childhood Education Journal.

Culp, A. M. (Ed.). (2013). Child and family advocacy: Bridging the gap between research, policy, and practice. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Schellenbach, C., Culp, A. M., Nguyen, L. (2013). The well-being of children in the United States: Evidence for a call for action. In A.M. Culp (Ed) Child and family advocacy: Bridging the gap between research, policy, and practice. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

Culp, A. M., Culp, R. E., Anderson, J. W., & Carter, S. (2007). Health and safety intervention with first-time mothers. Health Education Research, 22, 285-294.

Culp, A. M., Culp, R. E., Noland, D., & Anderson, J. W. (2006). Stress, marital satisfaction, and child care provision by mothers of adolescent mothers: Considerations to make when providing services. Children and Youth Services Review, 28, 673 – 681.

Professional Organizations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • World Association of Infant Mental Health
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children