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Joy Polignano, PhD, NCSP, earned her doctoral degree and national certification in school psychology from Lehigh University before completing a U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES) postdoctoral fellowship with the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Florida. Dr. Polignano has conducted applied research in early mathematics assessment and intervention and was actively involved in the implementation of four, large-scale IES randomized-controlled efficacy studies designed to promote the social-emotional competence and pre-academic skill development of young children with or at risk for disabilities. Dr. Polignano has worked as an early care and education teacher, early intervention school psychologist and preschool special education administrator. She currently serves as an early intervention technical assistance consultant for Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning.