Edith Purcell, Behavior Support Specialist
Edy has been working with young children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families for more than 17 years. She has experience providing services in both inclusive early childhood classrooms as well as in the home setting.
After graduate school, she worked at the University of Colorado Denver for 11 years on a variety of state and federally funded projects. Prior to coming to WestEd, she was the Clinical Director for the PELE Center (Positive Early Learning Experiences), providing in-home behavioral consultation and parent training to families who have young children with autism. She also conducted research and trained early childhood providers on strategies to work with children with developmental disabilities, autism, social-emotional deficits and behavior problems in inclusive preschool settings. She concurrently worked as a bilingual independent contractor providing developmental intervention services to infants and toddlers.
Edy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Colorado Denver. Edy, her husband Pete, and their young daughter Bego?a, enjoy traveling, exploring new parks, skiing, and spending time with friends and family.