Betsy Humphreys, PhD

Research Assistant Professor & NH-ME LEND Program Director


  • Ph.D., Early Childhood Intervention and Literacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
  • M.Ed., Early Childhood Education/Special Education, University of New Hampshire, 1997

Professional Background

Dr. Humphreys is the Principal Investigator and Director of the New Hampshire-Maine Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND).  Since 2010 she has secured nearly 11 million dollars to implement the program in collaboration with the University of Maine UCEDD and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She is a Research Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Special Education in the UNH Department of Education and was recently appointed UCED Training Director for the Institute on Disability. In this role she will oversee the IOD’s two largest training programs-NH-ME LEND and the NH Leadership Series. Dr. Humphreys has worked extensively throughout early intervention settings since 1985 in collaboration with public education, Head Start, state partners and childcare programs with a focus on developmental monitoring and screening in infants and toddlers.  She is Principal Investigator on NH-ME ECHO SCOPE: Supporting Children of the Opioid Epidemic and NH Acts Early, a CDC sponsored COVID-19 response project. Dr. Humphreys currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Association of University Centers on Disability National Training Director’s Council, the IOD Management Tea, and a number of state-and university-level committees. She is an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education and a peer reviewer for the Maternal and Child Health Journal and the Journal of Early Childhood Research.

Dr. Humphreys research integrates two research to practice areas: 1) evaluating the effectiveness and accessibility of evidence-based interventions and services for young children with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families, and 2) examining leadership frameworks that establish and support cross-systems collaborations for health and early education professionals.  Her research engages external research and practice partners collaboratively to understand, inform, and advance interventions and services for young children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Collaborators have included partners in pediatrics, federal Part C early intervention programs, and programs aimed at improving the implementation of services and supports such as Maternal and Child Health, and community-based organizations.  Dr. Humphreys has co-authored book chapters, as well as numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and presentations.


The New Hampshire Leadership Series has been supporting and challenging NH self-advocates and family members to further develop, strengthen and utilize their leadership skills since 1988. With 1000 graduates, we are a state that is strong on leadership and advocacy that is initiated and driven by our leadership graduates.
The NH and ME Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration among Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine-Orono. The purpose of NH-ME LEND is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health.

Betsy Humphreys is a woman is midlength white hair, tortoise shell glasses, and a bright yellow scarf
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Institute on Disability
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