Joanne Brady

Joanne Brady, M.A.


Child and Family Development

San Diego

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Professional Biography

I am very passionate about the topic of child development and Infant/Toddler Mental Health. I truly enjoy teaching and learning from my students. I have a long history of teaching: In 1982 I began my teaching career working with adults with intellectual disabilities. As the field of early intervention began to develop I returned to school here at SDSU and received my Early Intervention Certificate. In 1994 I began teaching Special Education preschool. For the past 23 years I have been working as a Developmental Specialist for the San Diego School Districts Early Childhood Special Education program. I work with children with disabilities from Birth to Three and their families. I work closely with families, teachers, and therapists to address the children's disabilities and challenges. I also attended a program for Infant/Preschooler Mental Health and have been endorsed by the state as a Transdisciplinary Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Facilitator. Beginning in 2011 I joined the faculty at SDSU in the CFD department as a lecturer. I’m a mother of two beautiful children myself, and of course they have taught me the most about parenting and child development.

Personal Biography

I enjoy the beach, the ocean and most activities associated with the water. I take modern dance classes, love to read and listen to music. I am also very involved with my sons and their school sports.

Areas of Specialization

  • Parent Education
  • Child Development
  • Special Education
  • Infant/Toddler Mental Health
  • Reflective Facilitation



  • California Teaching Credential Birth-21 years
  • California Community College Teaching Credential


  • Infant/Toddler Mental Health
  • Early Intervention 


  • CFD 585 - Family Involvement & Engagement with Young Children: Working With Families at Risk


  • M.Ed. Special Education, University of San Diego, 1983
  • B.A. Diversified Liberal Arts/Education, University of San Diego, 1982