Dr. Alicia Westbrook

Director, Mississippi Early Childhood Inclusion Center

Bio: Alicia works on several early childhood grants at IDS providing training to early childhood educators, conducting diagnostic evaluations with the PEDS team, writing grants, and supporting efforts to provide awareness for the early identification for young children with Autism.

Work Experience

  • The University of Southern Mississippi, Institute for Disability Studies (June 2005 to present)
  • The University of Southern Mississippi, Adjunct Professor (Fall 2011 to present)
  • Special Education Teacher (August 2003 to May 2005)
  • Degan Elementary, Lewisville Independent School District, Texas
  • In-Home and Parent Trainer (January 2004-August 2004; January 2005-May 2005)
  • Lewisville Independent School District, Texas

Publications & Presentations

  • Beavers, E & Westbrook, A. (2010). Relationships and Learning in the Classroom. Association for Childhood Education International. ACEI Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Westbrook, A. & Mohn, R. (2009). Exploratory Factor Analysis. Mid-South Educational Research Association. MSERA Conference, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Westbrook, A & Briceno, N. (2009). All kids are special: Promoting inclusion with the use of children's literature. 42nd Annual Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival, Hattiesburg, MS.
  • Iwai, Y., Richmond, B., Walker, K., Westbrook, A. (2007). Building a background for understanding expository text: Creative strategies for presenting informational text to young children. Mississippi Reading Association, Biloxi, MS.
  • Nelson, J. S., Alber, S. R.,& Gordy, A. (2004). The effects of error correction and repeated readings on the reading achievement of students with learning disabilities. Education and Treatment of Children 27(3), 186-198.


  • Teacher Certification: AA 211 Special Education (Birth-K) 07/01/2008 – 06/30/2013