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Gayle Luze

Luze, Gayle
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Iowa State University
2361B Palmer Hall
2222 Osborne Dr.
Ames, IA 50011

University Profile

Program involvement
Early Care and Education Bachelor's Degree - Instructor


Gayle Luze is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies at Iowa State University. Prior to her work in academia, Luze served children birth to 21 as a school psychologist and partnered with families as an In-Home Family Therapist for the Iowa Children’s and Family Services organization.

Luze has led multiple federally-funded research studies focused on developing quality assessments of early development, early childhood educator professional development, coaching, and positive behavioral support. She successfully partnered with Head Start/Early Head Start programs and families on many of these studies.

Luze’s expertise includes developing strong family-professionals partnerships to support child development, supporting mental health and behavioral development in young children, design and implementation of effective interventions for children who are at-risk or have special needs, and supporting early literacy for young children.


Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, Iowa State University, 1997
Specialist in School Psychology, Iowa State University, 1989
M.A. in Agency Counseling, Michigan State University, 1984
B.S. in Psychology, Iowa State University, 1982