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Belinda J. Hardin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Specialized Education Services at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Dr. Hardin completed her Ph.D. in Early Childhood, Families, and Literacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to entering higher education in 2004, she was a public school kindergarten and special education teacher, a Head Start director, and the Director of the Special Projects Division at Chapel Hill Training-Outreach Project.
Her research includes cross-cultural studies investigating the effectiveness of services for young children with and without disabilities in the United States and other countries, particularly in Latin America. She is especially interested in measures of program quality with global applicability and how they are informed by sociocultural context. She served as the Co-Principal Investigator of three national studies in the United States also that investigated the reliability and validity of Learning Accomplishment Profile assessment instruments, including a dual language sample of 2099 children (half English speakers and a half Spanish speakers) to norm the Learning Accomplishment Profile-Diagnostic Edition.
Additionally, Dr. Hardin completed studies investigating the referral, evaluation, and placement of preschool children with disabilities who are English Language Learners and is currently developing a family report questionnaire on preschool language development in English and Spanish. Dr. Hardin has conducted research and professional development activities with professionals and Spanish-speaking families in North Carolina, Guatemala, and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. She was the Co-Principal Investigator of three international studies investigating the reliability and validity of the ACEI Global Guidelines Assessment in multiple countries across the world. Dr. Hardin has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Childhood Education International and currently participates in two initiatives spearheaded by UNICEF to improve services for young children in inclusive early childhood settings worldwide.