Karin Lifter

Professor, Director of the Certificate Program in Early Intervention
  • Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology

Résumé/CV:
Office: 404 International Village
Phone: 617-373-5916
Email: k.lifter@neu.edu

Education:
PhD, Columbia University
MA, Teachers College, Columbia University
BA, Temple University

Specializations:
Developmental Psychology
Developmental Disabilities
Early Intervention/Special Education

Research:
Dr. Lifter is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston. She currently is serving as acting chairperson in the department. She directs the Interdisciplinary Certificate Program in Early Intervention, which prepares personnel to serve infants and toddlers with disabilities, or at risk for developmental delay, and their families. Dr. Lifter conducts both descriptive and intervention studies on the play, language, and social development of young children with and without disabilities, bridging cognitive and behavioral theories. She is Principal Investigator of Project Play, which is a four-year project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Center for Special Education Research, U.S. Department of Education. https://www.northeastern.edu/projectplay/. The objectives are to validate the Developmental Play Assessment (DPA), which she and colleagues developed, and to create and validate a user-friendly version for practitioners (DPA-P). In addition, she and her colleagues developed an online training program for the DPA-P. Dr. Lifter serves on state and national committees regarding early intervention, and on the editorial boards for the Journal in Early Intervention, Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, Young Exceptional Children, and Infants & Young Children.