Research

My work spans three main contexts:

In the Community –

I work on a series of innovative interventions called “Playful Learning Landscapes” that promote learning and interaction among children and families in public spaces. For example, I developed a life size playful learning board game named “Parkopolis” that targets science, math, and domain-general learning skills, and a school yard math game named “Fraction Ball” that targets fraction and decimal number learning.

In the Lab

I conduct secondary data analyses using advanced statistical modeling (i.e. Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Structural Equation Modeling) to answer questions about child development and inform best practices in the early childhood classroom.

In the Classroom

I have designed, implemented, and evaluated large scale early childhood science interventions; served as a science coach for Head Start teachers; and conducted observational research to improve understanding of classroom processes and teacher child interactions.