Cynthia F. DiCarlo 

W.H. "Bill" LeBlanc Endowed Alumni Professor
Executive Director | Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool

Bachelor's Degree(s): Sociology, University of New Orleans, 1992

Master's Degree: Early Childhood Special Education, University of New Orleans, 1995

PhD: Special Education with a concentration in Early Intervention, University of New Orleans, 2004

Other Degrees: National Board Certification, Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist, 2004

Phone: (225) 578-7005

Email: earlychildhood@lsu.edu

Office: 123B Peabody Hall

Curriculum Vitae


Cynthia Fontcuberta DiCarlo, PhD, holds the W.H. “Bill” LeBlanc LSU Alumni Association Departmental Endowed Professorship of Early Childhood Education and is the Executive Director of the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool at LSU. DiCarlo also serves as the Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Teacher Education Program and her research focuses on interventions to improve outcomes for young children and clarification and innovations in recommended practices in early childhood. Prior to joining LSU in 2004, she was a Clinical Assistant Professor at LSU Health Sciences Center (New Orleans). Dr. DiCarlo has been recognized for her research, teaching and service; her research on children's attention during whole group instruction received the 2012 Research Paper of the Year from the Journal of Research in Childhood Education; she was recognized for excellence in teaching receiving the Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award (2010). Additionally, she has received recognition for her service, receiving the College of Human Sciences and Education Faculty Service Award (2016) and the Louisiana Champions of Service Volunteer of the Year: Plantation Region (2013). Dr. DiCarlo has incorporated her passion for research into the courses she teaches and her work in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Since its inception in 2014, Dr. DiCarlo has mentored 67 undergraduate students who have subsequently presented at LSU Discover Day. She currently serves on the editorial boards for Infants & Young Children and for the Journal of Teacher Action Research.

Awards & Honors

DiCarlo, C. (2013). Champions of Service Volunteer of the Year: Plantation Region. Volunteer Louisiana. (for service to The Life of a Single Mom Ministries)

Sansone, A., & DiCarlo, C. (2013). LSU Undergraduate Research Award (College of Human Sciences and Education).

DiCarlo, C., Pierce, S., Baumgartner, J.J., Harris, M., & Ota, C. (2012). Research Paper of the Year: Whole-group instruction practices and children’s attention:  A preliminary report. Association for Childhood Education International.

DiCarlo, C. (2010). Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award. College of Agriculture, Louisiana State University.


Selected Publications

(Student names are underlined)

Beach, D., & DiCarlo, C.F. (2016). Can I play, again? Using a literacy ipad app to increase letter recognition & phonemic awareness. Journal of Teacher Action Research,2(2), 70-76.

Baumgartner, J., McBride, B., Ota, C., & DiCarlo, C. (2016). How much do they need to be the same? What parents believe about continuity between home and childcare environments. Early Child Development and Care, 115, 19-36.

DiCarlo, C.F., Baumgartner, J., Ota, C., & Geary, K. (2016). Child sustained attention in preschool-aged children. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 30(2).

Casey, E. M. & DiCarlo, C.F. (2015). Play traditions in the Garifuna culture of Belize. International Play Association eJournal, www.Ipausa.org.

Deris, A., & DiCarlo, C.F. (2015). Effects of using a weighted or pressure vest for a child with autism. Autonomy, the critical journal of interdisciplinary Autism studies, 1(4).

Watson, K.J. & DiCarlo, C.F. (2015). Increasing completion of classroom routines through the use of picture activity schedules. Early Childhood Education Journal. DOI 10.1007/s10643-015-0697-2

Carson, R., Lima, M. & DiCarlo, C.F. (2015). Play On! Playground learning activities for youth fitness (2nd edition). Reston, VA: American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation

DiCarlo, C.F., Baumgartner, J., Ota, C., & Jenkins, C. (2015). Preschool teachers’ perceptions of rough and tumble play vs. aggression in preschool-aged boys, Early Child Development and Care, 185(5-6), 779-790.

Selected Presentations

Benton, A., & DiCarlo, C. (2016). Social stories as an intervention to increase child compliance and decrease verbal aggression in a 5-year old. Louisiana Education Research Association, Lafayette, LA.

Baumgartner, J., DiCarlo, C., Curry, J., & Casbergue, R. (2015). Self-Care in Early Childhood Education: A Call for Integration within our Code of Ethics and Professional Standards of Practice. National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Conference. Orlando, FL.

DiCarlo, C., Casbergue, R., & Baumgartner, J. (2015). Video supervision of student teachers. National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators Conference. Orlando, FL.

Deris, A., & Oborn, K.K., & DiCarlo, C. (2015). Deepening understanding of dec’s recommended practices by using case method of instruction.  Division for Early Childhood National Conference. Atlanta, Ga.

Flynn, L, Ruiz, M., Deris, A., & DiCarlo, C. (2015). The outdoors as a learning environment: Fostering positive inclusive interactions. Division for Early Childhood National Conference. Atlanta, Ga.

DiCarlo, C., Casbergue, R., & Ota, C. (2015). Video Supervision vs. Face-to-Face Supervision: Promises & Pitfalls. The American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) National Conference. New Orleans, La. 


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