Kathleen Kyzar, Ph.D.

Kathleen Kyzar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

Program Area: College of Education

(817) 257-6079  |  k.kyzar@tcu.edu

Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297900
Fort Worth, TX 76129


Dr. Kathleen Kyzar is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education in the College of Education at Texas Christian University. Dr. Kyzar teaches courses on early childhood programming, family-school partnerships, and pedagogy for the young child. Her research interests include family-professional partnerships and family support, family quality of life, and inclusive early childhood programming. She started her career as a Parent-Infant Advisor, working with infants/toddlers with disabilities and their families in home and school urban, suburban, and rural North Texas settings. She is a proud alumna of Texas Christian University. Dr. Kyzar earned her undergraduate degree from TCU in the area of Deaf Education and her M.A. from Gallaudet University, which is internationally recognized as a flagship institution for deaf education teacher preparation. Dr. Kyzar earned her doctorate in special education with an emphasis in early childhood from the University of Kansas. During her doctoral studies, she held a Graduate Research Fellowship with the Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas Life Span Institute. Dr. Kyzar held two other university positions prior to joining the College of Education faculty at TCU. Most recently, she was an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Texas Woman’s University, where she taught courses on intellectual and developmental disabilities, introduction to special education, and collaboration. Prior to her time at TWU, she was a Research Associate at the Beach Center on Disability where she coordinated grant-funded early childhood projects. In 2010, Dr. Kyzar was named Outstanding Student Member of the Kansas Division of Early Childhood. She also received the Judy Tate Outstanding Doctoral Student Medallion Award in 2009 from the University of Kansas Department of Special Education. Please click here to access her vita with more information about her teaching, publications, presentations, and service.


Ph.D., Special Education
University of Kansas

M.A., Deaf Education: Family-Centered Early Education
Gallaudet University

B.S., Deaf Education
Texas Christian University

Academic Areas

  • Early childhood education and programming
  • Family-school partnerships and collaboration
  • Early childhood special education

Research Areas

  • Family-professional partnerships
  • Family quality of life
  • Family support
  • Early childhood professional development

Selected Publications

Kyzar, K.B., Brady, S., Summers, J.A., Haines, S.J., & Turnbull, A.P. (in press). Services and supports, partnership, and FQOL for families of children with deaf-blindness. Exceptional Children.

Young, A.J., Kyzar, K.B., Tolbert, M., & Huckaby, M.F. (in press). After school recreational activities for families of young children with Down syndrome. PALAESTRA.

Southward, J.D., & Kyzar, K. (in press). Predictors of competitive employment for students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

Kyzar, K., & Summers, J.A. (2014). Students with deaf-blindness and their families: A report of service utilization and satisfaction with services. Inclusion, 2(3), 195-211. doi:10.1352/2326-6988-2.3.195

Kyzar, K.B., Chiu, C., Kemp, P., Aldersey, H.M., Turnbull, A.P., & Lindeman, D.P. (2014). Feasibility of an online professional development program for early intervention practitioners. Infants and Young Children, 27(2), 173-190. doi:10.1097/IYC.0000000000000007

Chiu, C., Kyzar, K., Zuna, N., Turnbull, A.P., Summers, J.A., & Aya, V. (2013). Family quality of life. In M. W. Wehmeyer (Ed.), Oxford handbook of positive psychology and disability (pp. 365-392). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Epley, P., & Kyzar, K. (2013). Partnerships with families. In S. Hooper & W. Umansky (Eds.), Young Children with Special Needs (6th ed.) (pp. 118-160). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Kyzar, K.B., Turnbull, A.P., Summers, J.A., & Gómez, V.A. (2012). The relationship of family support to family outcomes: A synthesis of key findings from research on severe disability. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 37(1), 31-44.

Brotherson, M.J., Summers, J.A., Naig, L., Kyzar, K., Friend, A., Epley, P., & Gotto, G.S. (2010). Partnership patterns: Addressing emotional needs in early intervention. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 30(1), 32-45. doi:10.1177/0271121408360068

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