Tracy Payne Jordan, PhD
Dr. Tracy Payne is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies and the Principal Investigator of Florida Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters Training and Technical Assistance Center and Hillsborough HIPPY Parent Involvement Project. She has a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from the Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University (2011) with training in Education Research and a focus on Early Childhood Education. As a Fellow of the Institute of Education Sciences, she worked at the Peabody Research Institute and, in 2009, she received a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a two-year experimental study in Head Start Classrooms.
Dr. Payne has taught pre-service teachers in teacher education programs, conducted professional development for in-service teachers, and continues to work with parents and families in educating their children. She is currently responsible for the program operations, research and evaluation activities for the sixteen HIPPY programs serving more than 1,000 families located in twenty Floridian counties.