Bio

I am a Research Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Scholar in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University.  I study educational policies designed to promote the cognitive and socio-emotional development of children from underserved communities.  I received my Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine in 2017, and my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011.

I am currently working on the Chicago School Readiness Project (CSRP), a longitudinal study that has followed a sample of low-income youth living in inner city Chicago since early childhood.  My work is focused on understanding whether participation in a preschool program had long-run effects on CSRP children’s neurocognitive, behavioral, and academic outcomes.  I am interested in the role that early intervention can play in shaping children’s long-term trajectories, and I also have projects examining the effects of educational programs on adult economic and health outcomes.  My work has 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.