Yaoying Xu, Ph.D.

Professor, Counseling and Special Education

Yaoying Xu, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in special education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • M.Ed. in early childhood/special education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • B.A. in English language and literature, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Research interests

Culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment and intervention; social interaction and school readiness; peer-mediated instructional strategies; family empowerment; personnel preparation in EI/ECSE

Career highlights

Recent publications/projects

  • Project KSR: Preparing Knowledgeable, Skilled, and Responsive Early Intervention, Early Childhood Special Education Personnel for High-Need Communities (2013-2018). U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). (OSEP Grant CFDA 84-325K IDEA, $1,248, 776.00)
  • Xu, Y., & Huennekens, M.E. (2016). Effects of a multicultural perspectives course on teacher candidates’ intercultural competence. Journal for Multicultural Education, 10(1), 72-86.
  • Xu, Y., & De Arment, S. (2016). The effects of summer school on language and literacy skill development of preschool-age children from high-need communities. Early Child Development and CareDOI: 10.1080/03004430.2016.1151419
  • Xu, Y. (2015): Examining the effects of adapted peer tutoring on social and language skills of young English language learners, Early Child Development and Care, 185(10), 1587-1600. DOI:10.1080/03004430.2015.1011150
  • Xu, Y., Chin, C., Reed, E., & Hutchinson, C. (2014). The effects of a comprehensive literacy project on preschoolers’ school readiness skills. Early Childhood Education Journal, 42, 295-304.


Dr. Yaoying Xu is a professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches master’s and doctoral courses including assessment, instructional programming, multicultural and global perspectives in education, and single subject research methods. Her research interests and expertise focus on social aspects of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and how children’s social interaction affects their academic performance. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in her focused areas.

Xu has been a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for several federally funded grant projects. Her current projects include a federal grant preparing early intervention/early childhood special education personnel for high-need communities and the development of a peer-mediated instructional strategy for improving social and language skills of young English learners.

Curriculum Vitae

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