Lisa Ranfos, Clinical Assistant Professor; Executive Director, CSDC Department Chair, HDFS

Lisa Ranfos

Phone: (603) 862-2834
Office: Human Development & Family Studies, Child Study & Development Center, Durham, NH 03824

I have been in the field of early childhood education for 25 years.  I have been a classroom teacher in Infant/Toddler as well as Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms.  Since being out of the classroom I have taken on more of a leadership role in working with early childhood programs.  I am interested in how leadership affects program quality and program culture.  I also worked as a Child Care Resource and Referral Manager in the Concord area, where I worked with families to educate them on quality child care and to assist them in accessing care that met their needs as a family. 

I have been working in lab schools since 2005.  I find that this type of environment provides opportunities to work with children, families, teachers, and pre-service teachers in a way that allows for meaningful interactions and experiences for all included.  In my work teaching college students, I focus on the importance of observation of young children and using these to follow their lead when creating meaningful curriulum.

I have an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration and Leadership from Plymouth State University and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. I live in Allenstown, NH with my husband VJ.

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 635: Tch&Lrn Early Childhd Settings
  • HDFS 695: Independent Study
  • HDFS 709: Child Development Internship
  • HDFS 709/809: Child Development Internship
  • HDFS 734/834: Curriculum for Young Children
  • HDFS 834: Curriculum for Young Children


  • Ed.D., Higher Education, Plymouth State University
  • M.S., Early Childhood Education, Wheelock College
  • B.S., Early Childhood Education, University of New Hampshire
  • A.S., Early Childhood Education, New Hampshire Technical Instit