I am an Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology in the Department of Human Development at Teachers College, Columbia University. I study educational policies designed to promote the cognitive and socio-emotional development of children from underserved communities. I worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at New York University, and I received my Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Irvine in 2017.
I am currently working on several large-scale, longitudinal, studies of early childhood development, including evaluations of the Chicago School Readiness Project, the Tennessee Voluntary Pre-K program, and the Building Blocks preschool mathematics curriculum. Across my projects, I seek understand whether interventions designed to boost children’s early cognitive and behavioral skills will make long-lasting changes on developmental outcomes.
My work is funded by the the Institute of Educational Sciences and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. My studies have been published in American Psychologist, Psychological Science, Child Development, Educational Researcher and The Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness. You can read and hear about my recent work in VOX, The Guardian, and NPR.