Alisha Wackerle-Hollman

Alisha Wackerle-Hollman, Ph.D.

ITR Affiliate Faculty

Research Associate, Department of Educational Psychology

Dr. Wackerle-Hollman is an educational psychologist with a passion for engaging communities and young children to improve child and family outcomes. Alisha’s interest focuses on two primary strands of research: a clinical foci on parenting education and development and an applied foci centralized around early childhood assessment and intervention. In the area of parenting education Alisha aligns her research with community based participatory research models and has specific interest in improving parent engagement and child level outcomes for disadvantaged families through empowerment and evidence-based parenting practices. Alisha’s applied research includes the development of multiple early childhood language and literacy assessments including co-authoring both the Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDIs) and the Spanish Individual Growth and Development Indicators (S-IGDIs). Her assessment and measurement work emphasizes the importance of robust assessment practices in early childhood and meaningful interpretation of student level data to information instructional decisions. She has specific expertise in early childhood models of multi-tiered systems of support and data-based decision making to support educational professionals in using assessment data in meaningful ways. Dr. Wackerle-Hollman has received funding from the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES), private foundations, and non-profits to support her work.