Mojdeh Bayat, PhD
Mojdeh Bayat is a professor of early childhood development at DePaul University. She is an expert in e education of children with developmental disorders—specifically, children with autism—and in methods of working with children who have mental health issues and challenging behaviors. Dr. Bayat is the author of: Teaching Exceptional Children (2012), NY: McGraw Hill—the 2nd edition: Teaching Exceptional Children: Foundations and Best Practices in Inclusive Early Childhood Education Classrooms (2017), Addressing Challenging Behaviors and Mental Health issues in Early Childhood (2015), London, NY: Routledge; and Positive Interactions with At-Risk Children: Enhancing Students' Wellbeing, Resilience, and Success (2019), London, NY: Routledge.
Bayat is deeply committed to promoting the educational rights and the quality of life of all children who are at risk for developmental, social emotional, and mental health issues due to growing up in adversities or due to neurobiological conditions. She advocated for inclusion and human rights of children with disabilities in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa and in Mexico.
Bayat's research interests are 1) design of innovative, multi-tiered-systemic intervention approaches with both families and children, with a goal enhancing resilience in children and their families. She believes addressing social emotional issues of children early on will build the foundation of intellectual and healthy social functioning. Another area of Bayat’s research interest is cross-cultural studies in risk, resilience, and disabilities.