Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
My research primarily focuses on the environmental contexts in which children spend the most time during their early childhood years and how these environments interact with each other and shape children’s development. I use a developmental perspective to study early childhood policies and programs and how they can increase low-income children’s school readiness. I am especially interested in the effectiveness of these policies and programs for Spanish-speaking Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and other groups of children at-risk for school readiness. Additionally, I study the infant and toddler years and how pediatric primary care can serve as a site for educational intervention delivery.
I hold a BA in economics from Columbia University, an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Social Context from the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Most recently, I was a research assistant professor at the Institute of Human Development and Social Change at New York University, where I still serve as a Co-Investigator and the Research Director for the NIH-funded Smart Beginnings study. In my current faculty position at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, I conduct research on the NIH-funded Family Life Project-Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (FLP-ECHO) project with Dr. Clancy Blair.
The combination of these experiences allows me substantial flexibility to examine the mechanisms by which early childhood environments and policies affect children and their families in areas as diverse as pediatric primary care, early childhood education, parenting, and program evaluation.
PhD from University of California, Irvine
New York University, Institute of Human Development and Social Change
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Early childhood research quarterly. 2016 1st Quarter; 34:1-12