Dr. Kimberly Hale serves as the Director of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development as well as an Associate Dean in the Clemmer College of Education. Her areas of expertise are child development and school psychology. She has 12 years of experience working directly with children and adolescents (preschool through high school), and parents, to support learning and mental health needs by providing counseling, skill instruction, learning, behavioral interventions, and research/program evaluation. Since joining the ETSU faculty in 2007, Dr. Hale has sought out projects aimed at improving early childhood outcomes in the area of oral language development and emergent literacy skills through the implementation of research-based practices including parent training and family-based literacy models. She has unique skills and expertise in child development, mental health, learning and cognition, and social/emotional functioning of young children as well as a wealth of experience in the design and implementation of intervention plans to address a child’s and family’s area(s) of concern. Dr. Hale is actively engaged with colleagues from multiple disciplines at ETSU seeking to improve early childhood systems in our Appalachian region.