Dr. Innocenti is Director of the Research and Evaluation Division at the Center for Persons with Disabilities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. He holds an appointment as an Associate Professor in Psychology at Utah State University. Dr. Innocenti has over 30 years of experience working with infants and young children at-risk and with disabilities and their families through multiple research and model demonstration projects. His approach to issues is based on an interdisciplinary model that recognizes the contribution of different disciplines and stakeholders. He has emphasized research conducted in and for communities. He has served as Principal Investigator on a number of research projects including the ten-year Longitudinal Institute on the Effects and Costs of Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities and the Bilingual Early Language and Literacy Support (BELLS) Project. He is currently the Principal Investigator for the Cache County site of the National Children's Study; a national, multi-year research project studying children's health and development that will form the basis of child health guidance, interventions, and policy for generations to come. Other research projects have examined various aspects of intervention and outcomes for families and children in early intervention, in Head Start, and in "at-risk" environments. Dr. Innocenti also has extensive experience in model demonstration and training projects that have examined areas such as social interaction, child transition, naturalistic intervention, parent-child interaction, and service systems. He has been an evaluator for a number of projects. Current projects focus on development of assessment measures and curriculum, home visiting, preschool as a means to prevent later special education needs, and evaluation. Dr. Innocenti serves on a number of editorial boards for professional journals. He has served on a variety of advisory boards for both local and national groups. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). He is the Past-President for the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of CEC. He was a midcareer fellow with Zero to Three from 1999-2000.
Innocenti received a B.S. in Psychology from Northeastern University in 1977, and an M.S. and Ph.D. both in Psychology from Utah State University in 1984 and 1991 respectively.