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Center for Early Childhood Health & Development Center for Early Childhood Health & Development Research

Center for Early Childhood Health & Development Research

At the Center for Early Childhood and Development (CEHD) we believe that the nature and quality of social interactions shape healthy development. Our faculty members strive to apply a racial equity lens to all our research, innovation, implementation, scale-up, and dissemination activities.

Our researchers are experts in developmental science, prevention science, and implementation science. Our work focuses on developing, testing, and scaling interventions in family and school contexts, as well as in community and healthcare systems. Our core areas of research include the following:

  • self-regulation
  • child social–emotional development
  • child school readiness
  • child mental health
  • parenting practices
  • parent and family wellbeing
  • teacher social–emotional development and wellbeing

Our center is home to ParentCorps, a school-based, family-focused enhancement to pre-K programs with demonstrated long-term impacts on child mental health, academic achievement, and health. Current research efforts include public–private partnerships to scale and evaluate ParentCorps, including three randomized controlled trials in 180 pre-K programs in New York City.

Research Faculty

Following is a list of our research faculty.

R. Gabriela Barajas-Gonzalez, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

Laurie M. Brotman, PhD
Director, CEHD and ParentCorps
The Bezos Family Foundation Professor of Early Childhood Development, Department of Population Health
Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Spring R. Dawson-McClure, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

Kathleen Kiely Gouley, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

Keng-Yen Huang, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Departments of Population Health and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dimitra Kamboukos, PhD
Associate Director, CEHD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Population Health and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Bonnie Kerker, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Departments of Population Health and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Vanessa Rodriguez, EdD
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

Rachelle S. Theise, PsyD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Departments of Population Health and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Alexandra Ursache, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health