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School of Early Childhood Education, Ryerson UniversityDr.Judith Bernhard received her PhD in 1990 from the University of Toronto in the area of educational psychology. Her research has focused on the needs of children and families in early childhood education and care settings, with a particular emphasis on how the field responds to diversity and inclusion. Much of Dr. Bernhard's work has addressed the development and education of bilingual groups.
Over the past 15 years Dr. Bernhard has acted as Principal Investigator on 8 large-scale investigations of policy and practice issues. She has received funding from organizations including SSHRC, HRDC, CERIS, and the Fulbright Foundation. Dr. Bernhard's work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including the Bilingual Research Journal, Educational Policy Analysis Archives, Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal, Exceptionality Education Canada, and Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. She is also a member of the editorial board of Early Education and Development.
Dr. Bernhard is presently engaged in studies of transformative family literacy, transnational families, and developing a model for collaborative work between early childhood personnel and Canadian families.