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Mollie Romano

Assistant Professor

409 Warren

Dr. Romano is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Science and Disorders and is the Assistant Director of the Communication and Early Childhood Research and Practice Center. Her research focuses on caregiver implemented interventions to support the development of infants and toddlers with disabilities and those at risk for delays, professional development approaches for early childhood providers, and interventions that target prelinguistic communication skills.


  • Florida State University, B.A., 2004 English Literature and International Affairs
  • Florida State University, M.S., 2009 Communication Science and Disorders
  • Florida State University, Ph.D., 2012 Communication Science and Disorders

Research Interests

Embedded interventions for infants and toddlers, coaching caregivers and professional development for providers, early communication development

Teaching Interests

Normal communication development, Family-centered services, Intervention for infants and toddlers

Publications & Research

Romano, M., & Woods, J. (2018). Collaborative Coaching With Early Head Start Teachers Using Responsive Communication Strategies. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 38(1), 30-41.   Salisbury, C., Woods, J., Snyder, P., Moddelmog, K., Mawdsley, H., Romano, M., & Windsor, K. (2018). Caregiver and Provider Experiences With Coaching and Embedded Intervention. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 38(1), 17-29.   Ottley, J. R., Brown, J. A., Romano, M. K., Coogle, C. G., & Lakey, E. (2017). Feedback to enhance families’ competence and confidence. In C. M. Trivette & B. Keilty (Eds.), DEC Recommended Practices Monograph Series: Using Family Practices With All Families. Arlington, VA: Division for Early Childhood.   Friedman, M., & Woods, J. (2015). Coaching Early Head Start teachers to support child communication across daily classroom routines. Infants and Young Children, 28, 308-322.   Friedman, M., Woods, J., Salisbury, C. (2012). Caregiver coaching strategies for early intervention providers: Moving towards operational definitions.Infants and Young Children,  25, 62-82.   Woods, J., Wilcox. J., Friedman, M., & Murch, T. (2011). Collaborative consultation in natural environments: Strategies to enhance family-centered supports and services. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Services Schools.    

Grants & Awards

Romano, Mollie (PI) R324L180013, IES Low-cost short duration evaluation grant 08/01/18-07/31/20.   Romano, M. (PI). Iowa Department of Education (2017-2023). Iowa Distance Mentoring Model (IA-DMM).   Meritorious Poster for the 2017 ASHA Convention. “Florida’s big picture: Recruiting and retaining school-based SLPs through a statewide tuition support program.”