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Washington State University
Brenda Boyd

Brenda Boyd

Associate Professor Johnson Tower 508, Pullman

Curriculum Vitae (docx)


Courses Taught

  • HD 201 Child Development (prenatal through early childhood)
  • HD 202 Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • HD 302 Parent-child Relationships
  • HD 342¬†Curriculum for Young Children’s Programs
  • HD 410 Public Policy Issues Impacting Families and Individuals
  • HD 420 Theories of Human Development
  • HD 464 Administration of Child Care Programs
  • HD 482 Child Assessment
  • HD 510 Graduate Proseminar*
  • HD 511 Theories and Substance of Human Development*
  • HD 560 Seminar in Child Development*
  • HD 562 Administration and Leadership in Early Childhood Programs*
    (*Graduate courses)

Interest Areas

  • Early childhood care and education
  • Issues of the child care work force
  • Play as a developmental process for young children

Current Research

  • Child care staff retention and turnover
  • Outcome assessment in early childhood education

Selected Publications

Boyd, B. (2013). Reviews of The Art of Roughhousing: Good old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It and Big Body Play: Why Boisterous, Vigorous, and Very Physical Play Is Essential to Children’s Development and Learning. The American Journal of Play, 5(3), 366-368.

Boyd, B.J., & Wandschneider, M.R. (2005). Washington State Child Care Career and Wage Ladder pilot project evaluation study: Final report. Washington State University: Department of Human Development.

Boyd, B.J. (2000). Celebrating 70 years of laboratory preschool at Washington State University. National Organization of Child Development Laboratory Schools Bulletin, 35, 1-4.

Boyd, B.J. (1999). Developmentally appropriate practices. In C. Smith (Ed.), The encyclopedia of parenting (pp. 124-125). Westport, CT: Geenwood Publishing Group.

Boyd, B.J. (1999). Goodness of fit model. in C. Smith (Ed.), The encyclopedia of parenting (pp. 204-205). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Boyd, B.J. (1999). Teacher response to superhero play: To ban or not to ban? In E.N. Junn & C.J. Boyatiz (eds.), Annual Editions 1999-2000: Child Growth and Development (pp.102-107). Guilford, CT: Dushkin/McGraw-Hill.

Boyd, B.J. (1999). Transition to parenthood. In C. Smith (Ed.), The encyclopedia of parenting (pp. 455-456). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.

Boyd, B.J. (1999). Natural and logical consequences. In C. Smith (Ed.), The encyclopedia of parenting (pp.88-89). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.