Eva Horn

Eva Horn
  • Investigator, Life Span Institute
  • Professor, Department of Special Education

Contact Info

Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 502
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101


Eva M. Horn is a Professor in the Department of Special Education and an investigator for the Life Span Institute for Developmental Disabilities. She earned her doctoral degree in Human Development with an emphasis in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Horn was a classroom teacher of young children with multiple disabilities for more than 10 years. Her research interests focus on effective, instructional techniques for infants, toddlers and preschool children with developmental delays and/or at risk for disabilities and their families. She has directed numerous externally funded grants including personnel preparation, doctoral leadership preparation, and research and development grants from IES and NIH. She just completed, as the PI, a multi-site IES project  - Children's School Success Plus (CSS+) -  addressing high expectation early childhood curriculum for all preschool children including those with identified developmental delays and disabilities. She is the coordinator of the KU ECE/ECSE undergraduate and graduate teacher and leadership preparation program. Dr. Horn sits on multiple editorial boards including Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Journal of Early Intervention and Young Exceptional Children. Dr. Horn currently serves on the executive board for the Division of Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Professional Organization as its Vice-President.


Ph.D. in Human Development, Vanderbilt University, 1988
M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education, University of N. Illinois, 1979
B.S. in Elementary, Special Education, George Peabody College of Education, 1974


Research Interests

Early education for infants, toddlers, and young children at risk for developmental delays and those with identified disabilities.

Professional Service

Member, Steering Committee for Early Learning Standards: A developmental sequence, Kansas State Department of Education, School Improvement and Accreditation Team, 2003 – present. Member and Member of Executive Committee, State of Kansas, Interagency Coordinating Council for Infant, Toddler and Preschoolers with Special Needs, Governor’s Appointment October 2005-October 2013. Chair, State of Kansas, Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers with Special Needs, Governor’s Appointment October 2009 through October 2011 Member, Early Childhood Advisory Council, Governor’s Appointment July, 2010 Chair, Division of Early Childhood For the Council for Exceptional Children Position Statement on Inclusion Task Force, Spring, 2000, 2004/2005 Member, DEC White Paper on Curriculum Issues in Early Childhood, 2004/2005 Member, DEC Board, July 2001- June 2006 Mentor, Alliance Project for Minority Institutes of Higher Education, 1999-2004. Member, OSEP Evidence-based Practices Task Force: Study Group on Inclusion. 2007

Awards & Honors

Education Award

American Association for Intellectual Developmental Disabilities

2015 - 2016