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

Haines, S. J., Francis, G. L., Kyzar, K. B., Aldersey, H. M., & Adams, N. (in press). Family-professional partnership with refugee families whose school-aged children have disabilities: What the research tells us. International Review of Research in Developmental Disabilities.

Kyzar, K., Brady, S., Summers, J. A., & Turnbull, A. P. (2018). Family quality of life and partnership for families of students with deaf-blindness. Remedial and Special Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0741932518781946

Kyzar, K., & Jimerson, J. B. (2018). Bridging the school-home divide in the middle grades: A process for strengthening school-family partnerships. Middle School Journal, 49(1), 13-23. doi:10.1080/00940771.2018.1399331

Kyzar, K. B., & Strickland-Cohen, M. K. (2017). Family-professional partnerships within schoolwide positive behavior interventions and supports (SWPBIS): Preliminary evidence for the Partnering for Positive Behavior (PPB) meeting strategy. Inclusion, 5(4), 248-262.  

Haines, S.  J., Francis, G.  L., Mueller, T.  G., Chiu, C., Burke, M. M., Kyzar, K., … Turnbull, A. P. (2017). Reconceptualizing family-professional partnership for inclusive schools: A call to action. Inclusion, 5(4), 234-247.  

Kyzar, K. B., Brady, S., Summers, J. A., Haines, S. J., & Turnbull, A. P. (2016). Services and supports, partnership, and family quality of life: Focus on deaf-blindness. Exceptional Children 83(1), 77-91. doi:10.1177/0014402916655432

Book Chapters

Zuna, N., & Kyzar, K. (in press). Fostering family-professional partnerships. In F. Brown, J. McDonnell, & M. Snell (Eds.), Instruction of Students With Severe Disabilities (9th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

Kyzar, K. B., Haines, S. J., Turnbull, A. P., & Summers, J. A. (2017). Research-based practices for fostering trusting partnerships with families in educating students with intellectual disability. In M. L. Wehmeyer and K. A. Shogren (Eds.), Handbook of research-based practices for educating students with intellectual disability (pp. 296-319). New York: Routledge.