Key Professional Appointments

EmeritusSpecial Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn, 2004 - present

Joint Faculty AppointmentHuman and Community Development, College of Agriculture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn, 1989 - present

Faculty AppointmentSpecial Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn, 1976 - present

Program CoordinatorInfancy and Early Childhood Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn, 1976 - present

FellowBureau of EducationalResearch, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn, 1996 - 1999

FellowBureau of Educational Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champiagn, 1983 - 1985


Ph.D., Special Education, emphasis in Early Childhood, University of Texas at Austin, 1976

M.A., Special Education, emphasis in Early Childhood, University of Texas at Austin, 1973

B.A., Psychology, English, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 1962

Awards, Honors, Associations

Arnold O. Beckman Awardin special recognition of grant funded by the Research BoardUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998 - 1998

Chancellor's Recognition for Academic ExcellenceUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998 - 1998

Ted Merrill Award for Excellence in TeachingCouncil for Exceptional Children, 1998 - 1998

Mather-Spitze Research AwardCollege of Education, 1997 - 1997

Distinguished Senior ScholarCollege of Education, 1995 - 1995

Research & Service

My research interests have led me into three separate but interrelated areas of study,: (a) social interaction between infants with disabilities and their caregivers and the implications of these interactions for the infant's optimal development: (b) policy issues related to personnel working with infants with disabilities and their families, and (c) professional development related to assisting practicing early childhood teachers to upgrade their skills in emergent literacy teaching. I have conducted several studies describing the work roles and professional qualifications of early intervention personnel. I have also conducted descriptive studies of parent-child interaction, with the goal of understanding the differences often found in caregiver behavior during interactions with children with disabilities as compared to those with children without disabilities. With my colleagues, I have studied the views that mothers from different cultural backgrounds hold about their interactions with their babies. My current work is in the area of emergent literacy. With support from an Early Reading First grant, we are providing intensive professional development to teachers in early childhood classrooms in child care, Head Start, and state-funded pre-kindergarten classrooms, studying the impact on their classrooms and on the children whom they teach.


Cole, S., McCollum, J., Swinford, L., Dewar, G., & Hughes, M. (2009) Moving towards relationship-based practices in a crisis nursery setting. Early Childhood Development and Care 179 (7), 863

McCollum, J., & Ostrosky, M. (2008) Family roles in young children's emerging peer-related social competence. Family Influences on Young Children's Emerging Peer-Related Social Competence for Peer-Related Social Competence of Young Children Paul H. Brookes: Baltimore, MD

Ostrosky, M., McCollum, J., & Young, S. (2008) Linking curriculum to children's social outcomes: Helping families support children's peer relationships. Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series #9: Linking curriculum to child and family outcome

McCollum, J., Yates, T., Laumann, B., & Hsieh, W. (2007) Replicating a parent-child model: Case analysis of high and low fidelity implementers Infants & Young Children 20, 38-54

Hemmeter, M., McCollum, J., & Hsieh, W. (2005) Practical strategies for supporting emergent literacy in the preschool classroom Young Exceptional Children Monographs Series No. 7 , 59-74

McCollum, J., & Chen, Y. (2003) Parent-child interaction when babies have Down syndrome: The perceptions of Taiwanese mothers Infants & Young Children

Venn, M., & McCollum, J. (2002) Exploring the long- and short-term planning practices of Head Start teachers for children with and without disabilities Journal of Special Education 35 (4), 211-223

McCollum, J. (2001) Influencing the development of young children with disabilities: Current themes in early intervention Child & Adolescent Mental Health

McCollum, J., Yates, T., Gooler, F., & Bruns, D. (2001) Using "DOTs" to support parents as developmental observers during parent-child groups Young Exceptional Children Monographs

Chen, Y., & McCollum, J. (2000) Taiwanese mothers' perceptions of the relationship between interactions with their infants and the development of social competence Early Child Development and Care (162), 25-40

McCollum, J. (2000) Parent education: What we mean and what that means Topics in Early Childhood Special Education 19 (3)

McCollum, J. (2000) PIWI: A relationship-based approach to early intervention.. Project TRIAD, University of Illinois (series of 8 personnel training modules on the PIWI model): Champaign, IL

McCollum, J. (2000) Taking the past along: Reflecting on our identity as a discipline Topics in Early Childhood Special Education 20, 79-86

McCollum, J., Ree, Y., & Chen, Y. (2000) Interpreting parent-infant interaction: Perceptions of Caucasian and Korean parents Infants & Young Children 12 (4), 22-33

Bruns, D., McCollum, J., & Cohen-Addad, N. (1999) What is and what should be: Maternal perceptions of their roles in the NICU Infant-Toddler Intervention 9 (3), 281-198

Appl, D., Gooler, F., & McCollum, J. (1998) Inclusive parent-child play groups Infant-Toddler Intervention: The Transdisciplinary Journal

McCollum, J., & McBride, S. (1998) Ratings of parent-infant interaction: Raising questions of cultural validity Topics in Early Childhood Special Education 17 (4), 494-519


Principal InvestigatorDELL-D Developing Early Language and Literacy in Danville, U.S. Department of Education, 2007 - 2011

Principal InvestigatorPIWI Outreach: Facilitating Development through Parent-Infant Play Groups, U.S. Department of Education, 1996 - 1999


Jeanette McCollum

Professor Emerita, Special Education



61 Children's Research Center
51 E. Gerty
Champaign, IL 61820

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