Marilou Hyson, Ph.D.
Marilou Hyson, Ph.D. is a consultant in early child development and education and an Affiliate Faculty member in Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University. Formerly Associate Executive Director and Senior Consultant with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Marilou contributed to the development of many position statements on issues including early learning standards, professional preparation standards, early childhood mathematics, and curriculum/assessment/program evaluation. She is the author of the recent NAEYC Comprehensive Member Benefit, Enthusiastic and Engaged Learners: Approaches to Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom, published by NAEYC and Teachers College Press. Internationally, Marilou has consulted in Indonesia, Bangladesh and Bhutan through the World Bank and Save the Children and is co-editing Young Children’s November cluster “Lessons Learned from Early Childhood Educators around the Globe.” In the US, Marilou consults with organizations including the Families and Work Institute, the Finance Project, the National Center for Children in Poverty, and the Society for Research in Child Development. Prior to joining NAEYC, Marilou was an SRCD Fellow in the US Department of Education and Professor and Chair of the University of Delaware’s Department of Individual and Family Studies. The former editor-in-chief of Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Marilou’s research and publications have emphasized young children’s emotional development, parents’ and teachers’ beliefs and educational practices, issues in linking research with policy and practice, and early childhood teacher preparation.