Gloria E. Miller


Professional Biography

Gloria received her B.A. and teaching certification from the State University of New York at Potsdam and taught reading and learning disabled children for three years at both public and private schools before returning to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed a M.S. in Educational Psychology, a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Ph.D. in School Psychology.

After graduation she took a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Psychology at the University of South Carolina where she taught undergraduate and graduate students, practiced as a school psychologist, served as the Undergraduate Program director and as the co-director of the Child and Family Studies Center, a NIMH research project investigating family-based treatment to prevent aggressive and challenging behaviors in young children.

Dr. Miller joined DU in 1996 after leaving the University of South Carolina where she was a full professor. She has been the director of the Educational Psychology and the Child, Family and School Psychology Program in the Morgridge College of Education. Her publications include over 75 articles, chapters, and books. Most recently she co-edited the second edition of the Handbook of Educational Psychology (2013) and co-authored a book titled: The Power of Family-School Partnering (FSP): A Practical Guide for School Mental Health Professionals and Educators (2011) which is currently being updated for its second edition.

She has co-directed national research and personnel preparation grants from the U.S. Department of Education, was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Educational Psychology, has served on several Institute of Educational Sciences review panels, and is an active journal reviewer serving on several past and current journal editorial boards.


  • Ph.D., School Psychology, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS, Curriiculum & Instruction, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison , 1979
  • MS, Educational Psychology, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison, 1978
  • BA, Psychology, State University of New York at Potsdam, 1974


Interprofessional training and preparation of educators and mental health professionals; Interventions to promote early social-emotional and literacy development; successful home to school and school to work transitions; family engagement and effective home-school-community collaboration, with a particular focus on newcomer refugees and immigrants. Dr. Miller also has a strong interest and has developed international school-mental health field practicum where graduate students preparing to be educators and mental health professionals work side-by-side with other professionals in countries just beginning to expand their school-based mental health service delivery systems.


  • United Methodist Scholar and University of Denver Teacher of the Year Award , University of Denver