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PhD, Florida State University
Assistant Professor
Early Childhood Education

Contact Information

Send email to Dr. Coogle

Phone: (703) 993-2377
Fax: (703) 993-4370
Email: ccoogle (

George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 1252
4400 University Dr.
MS 4C2
Fairfax, VA 22030


Dr. Christan Grygas Coogle is an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Education Program. Prior to obtaining her doctorate she worked as an early intervention provider, preschool inclusion teacher, and K-5th grade special education teacher. Dr. Coogle also worked at the Florida Center for Reading Research where she supported educators and developed early literacy interventions. She completed her Doctoral Degree at Florida State University as a Fellow in the Leadership in Family Centered Early Intervention Fellowship Program. Her area of expertise is early childhood special education. Dr. Coogle teaches courses in early childhood special education, and her research is focused on bridging the research to practice gap through the use of embedded interventions particularly for children identified with autism spectrum disorder. 

Research Interests

  • Single case design expertise 
  • Qualitative research
  • Early childhood special education
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Performance based feedback (i.e., coaching) to enhance educator (caregiver, teacher, early intervention provider, parent, etc) practice
  • Technology enhanced coaching (email, skype, bug in ear, etc)
  • Embedded learning opportunities/discrete learning trials
  • Early intervention (birth to three) best practices (DEC Recommended Practices)
  • Dialogic reading/early literacy interventions particularly surrounding vocabulary development and children at risk or identified with ASD