Research

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. I also conduct cognitive experiments to understand how young children learn science.

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.

In the Community –

I work on a series of innovative interventions called “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.