I am a developmental psychologist and an assistant professor in the Bellevue Project for Early Language, Literacy and Education Success. My research seeks to understand and address poverty-related disparities in children’s development and school readiness by examining the mechanisms by which environment shapes early brain and child development. I also create and evaluate preventive interventions and adapt such interventions to different cultural contexts, both nationally and internationally.
My research focuses on how early home environments—in particular parent-child interactions—facilitate the development of language, cognitive, and social-emotional capacities that are implicated in academic achievement. I use innovative speech analysis technology to investigate the natural language environments of children from diverse backgrounds in order to better understand how experience shapes language development. I am also a part of the research team for the Video Interaction Project, a pediatric primary-care intervention designed to promote school readiness in low-income children by enhancing parent–child interactions.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
PhD from Stanford University
Pediatrics (1948). 2016 Feb; 137(2):1-9
Psychological science. 2013 Nov 01; 24(11):2143-2152
Developmental science. 2013 Mar; 16(2):234-248
Academic pediatrics. 2016 Apr; 16(3 Suppl):S112-S120
Bilingualism : language & cognition. 2017 Jan; 20(1):35-36
Academic pediatrics. 2017 Apr 25; ?-?
Early childhood education journal. 2016 Sep; 44(5):445-452
Journal of child & family studies. 2016 Mar 01; 25(3):827-835