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Eileen Lloyd

Research Assistant / Administrative Staff

Eileen Lloyd

Eileen Lloyd is the Administrative Assistant to NCCF Co-Director Sharon Lynn Kagan. She earned a BA from Dickinson College and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Boston University. Before joining NCCF, Ms. Lloyd was a project manager at Hess Corporation.

 

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Dr. Myriam Villalobos

Research Scientist

Dr. Myriam Villalobos

Myriam Villalobos received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Rochester. In general, her research is concerned with the role of culture in the healthy development of ethnic minority youth. Her past research has focused on the role that cultural values play on Latino teens’ healthy autonomy development and family relationships. She is currently working on a project that expands on this research to examine the relative impact of support from the family versus neighborhood on Latino youth’s externalizing and internalizing problems.

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Dr. Jennifer Wang

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Jennifer Wang

Jennifer Wang is currently a Visiting Scholar at NCCF and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland-College Park. Her research focuses on the links between individual differences, peer relationships, and youth adjustment across different cultures. She is particularly interested in using advanced statistical methodology (e.g., structural equation modeling) to examine the roles that personality and close relationships play in youth psychopathology (e.g., internalizing problems, substance abuse) across development and in different cultures.

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Dr. Rebecca Gomez

Research Scientist

Dr. Rebecca Gomez

Rebecca Gomez holds the Rauch Postdoctoral Fellowship at NCCF. Her Ed.D. was earned at Teachers College in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration on early childhood policy. Her current research focuses on analyzing and evaluating approaches to governance of state early childhood education systems. In addition, she has studied state and national professional development systems for early childhood professionals, as well as workforce development issues (i.e., capacity-building, teacher disposition, and access). Before joining NCCF, Dr. Gomez worked for a variety of state and national early childhood organizations, including the PA Early Learning Keys to Quality program, NACCRRA, and the State of NH’s Child Development Bureau. She has also held adjunct faculty positions in the Early Childhood Departments at West Chester University and Granite State College. Dr. Gomez earned her M.Ed. in Early Childhood from the University of NH in 2004, and her B.A. in American Studies from Rutgers University in 2001. She was named a Children’s Defense Fund Emerging Leader in 2004 and a NACCRRA Emerging Leader in 2005.  Dr. Gomez is a former member of the Commonwealth of PA’s Early Learning Council and the NAEYC Governing Board.

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Marisa Morin

Graduate Fellow

Marisa Morin

Marisa Morin is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and English (with a minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice) from Georgetown University. Prior to coming to NCCF, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Georgetown Early Learning Project, where she conducted research examining the quality of parent-child interactions with the juvenile justice system. Her research interests focus on understanding and addressing educational disparities across race, ethnicity, gender, and social class.

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Emily Fox

Research Assistant / Administrative Staff

Emily Fox

Emily Fox is the Research Assistant to NCCF Co-Director Sharon Lynn Kagan. Emily graduated from the Honors Program at the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in English and Psychology in May of 2013. Her Honors thesis explored the nature and severity of autism symptoms in toddlers in relation to parental stress.

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Micaela Linder

Research Assistant / Administrative Staff

Micaela Linder

Micaela Linder is the Administrative Associate to NCCF Co-Director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn. She earned a BA from Hampshire College in 2011 in Women and Gender Studies. Prior to joining NCCF, Micaela developed reproductive health self-advocacy pamphlets with imprisoned women in Central California and wrote her undergraduate senior thesis about the research process.

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Dr. Jeanne L. Reid

Research Scientist

Dr. Jeanne L. Reid

Dr. Jeanne L. Reid is a Research Scientist at NCCF. She earned her doctoral degree in Early Childhood Policy from Teachers College at Columbia University, and her Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard University. Her research interests focus on issues of both equity and excellence in preschool settings. Her doctoral work examined the relationship between the socio-economic composition of preschool classrooms and children’s learning during a year of Pre-K. Additional interests include studying the efforts at different levels of government to create systemic supports for high-quality early care and education, and she is working on several studies at NCCF to analyze the alignment and quality of early learning standards and the implications for policy and practice.

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Dr. Anne Martin

Research Scientist

Dr. Anne Martin

Dr. Anne Martin is a Senior Research Scientist and the Coordinator at the National Center for Children and Families. She earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in public health from Columbia University. She is interested in both early childhood development and adolescent sexual behavior. Her research has focused on the effects of early intervention, the interplay between maternal and paternal supportive parenting, child care/classroom quality, adolescent sexual behavior, and young children’s early self-regulation and cognition. At NCCF Dr. Martin has been involved in:

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Dr. Pamela Kato Klebanov

Research Scientist

Dr. Pamela Kato Klebanov

Dr. Pamela Kato Klebanov received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Princeton University in 1989. Dr. Klebanov is currently a Research Scientist at the National Center for Children and Families, and an affiliate of the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University.

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Dr. Margo Gardner

Research Scientist

Dr. Margo Gardner

Dr. Margo Gardner, a Research Scientist at NCCF, earned her doctoral degree in developmental psychology at Temple University, and her B.A. in psychology at Duquesne University. Her past research has focused on risk-taking among adolescents and the development of juvenile offending. Her current research interests include the roles of peer, parent, and community processes in adolescent social development. Additional interests include studying factors that facilitate and prevent the development of problem/risk behavior among both normal and at-risk youth. Dr. Gardner leads the Mothers’ Gains in Postsecondary Education and Children’s Development study. She has also worked on the Parenting and Adolescent Risk Behavior in Context and the Neighborhood Context and Adolescent Psychological and Behavioral Health projects.

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Dr. Richard P. Fox

Research Scientist

Dr. Richard P. Fox

Dr. Richard P. Fox is the data analyst at the National Center for Children and Families. He is involved in organizing, managing, and analyzing data from various studies involving child and adolescent behavior. He also works with Dr. Michelle Warren at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital on medical studies dealing with development. He has a degree in General-Experimental Psychology, specializing in learning and experimental design, from the City University of New York (CUNY). He has taught courses in psychology at Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and Fordham University.

 

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The effectiveness of the training provided to NCCF researchers is borne out by the positions they obtain in academic and research institutions after leaving our Center at Teachers College. Many choose to maintain “affiliate” relationships with our Center, and continue to contribute to ongoing research projects. Following is a list of former NCCF students and postdoctural fellows.

Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D., Senior Researcher & Developmental Psychologist, Girl Scout Research Institute, Girl Scouts of the USA; Program and Evaluation Director, Uniquely ME! (sponsored by GSUSA & Dove Campaign for Real Beauty).

R. Gabriela Barajas, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor at NYU Child Study Center.

Nazli Baydar, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Family and Child Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle; Psychology & Sociology, Koc University, Rumelifeneri Yolu, Istanbul, Turkey.

Katherine A. Beckmann, Ph.D., M.P.H. Senior Policy Analyst for Early Childhood Health and Development. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Administration for Children and Families.

Lisa J. Berlin, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University.

Christina Borbely, Ph.D., Research Consultant, California Dept. of Alcohol and Drug Programs (Managed by the Center for Applied Research Solutions, or CARS).

Christy Brady-Smith, Ph.D., Consultant.

Erin Bumgarner, Ph.D., Project Director, Tufts Interdisciplinary Evaluation Research.

Pia Rebello-Britto, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, Child Study Center, Yale University.

Jondou Chen, Ph.D., Post-doctoral Fellow, Teachers College.

Laura Mielcarek DeRose, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University.

Rebecca Fauth, Ph.D., Principal Research Officer, National Children’s Bureau, London UK.

Jocelyn Friedlander, a former Research Assistant to NCCF Co-Director Sharon Lynn Kagan, is currently pursuing graduate studies at Havard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Holly Foster, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University.

Allison Sidle Fuligni, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, Center for Improving Child Care Quality, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA.

Christina Gibson-Davis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public Policy Studies, Center for Child and Family Policy, The Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Duke University.

Rachel A. Gordon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Julia Graber, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Area Director of Developmental Psychology, and Associate Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Florida.

Phyllis Gyamfi, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Macro International, a division of Opinion Research Corporation, Atlanta, GA.

Veronica Holly, M.A., Senior Program Associate, Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME), Teachers College, Columbia University.

Kimberly Howard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Marymount Manhattan College.

Anna D. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, Department of Psychology.

Kristie Kauerz, Ed.D., Research Assistant Professor of P-3 Policy and Leadership at the University of Washington.

Dafna Kohen, Ph.D., Sr. Research Analyst, Health Analysis and Measurement Group, Statistics Canada Ottawa, Ontario Canada ; Adjunct Professor, Dept. Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa; and Affiliate Scientist, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa.

Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Ph.D., Associate Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corp., Santa Monica, CA.

Kyunghee Lee, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Michigan State University.

Tama Leventhal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Eliot-Pearson Dept. of Child Development, Tufts University.

Miriam Linver, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Child Studies, Montclair State University.

Lizabeth M. Malone, Ph.D., Survey Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Lisa Anne McCabe, Ph.D., Extension Associate, Early Care and Education/Early Childhood Program, Dept. of Human Development, Cornell University.

Marla McDaniel, Ph.D., Research Affiliate, The Urban Institute, Center on Labor, Human Services, & Population, Washington, D.C.

Rachel McKinnon, doctoral student, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

Daphne Koinis Mitchell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown Medical School; Staff Psychologist, Rhode Island Hospital.

Jodi Herbst Roth, Ph.D., Consultant.

Michelle J. Neuman, Ph.D., Senior Early Childhood Development Specialist, Africa Region, Human Development, The World Bank.

Denise Newman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Tulane University.

Tracy Nichols, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Public Health Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Lisa O’Connor, Ph.D., Research Associate, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), Columbia University.

Colleen R. O’Neal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Maryland College of Education.

Rachel Razza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Child and Family Studies, College of Human Services and Health Professions, Syracuse University.

Elizabeth Rigby, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, George Washington University.

Rebecca Ryan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Georgetown University.

Sara Schley, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Research, Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Marc Scullin, M.A., Research Coordinator, New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia University Medical Center.

Arjumand Siddiqi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Judith Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University.

Kate Tarrant, Ph.D., Consultant.

Nitika Tolani-Brown, Ph.D., Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, Education Global Initiative, Save the Children.

Audrey R. Tyrka, Ph.D., M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University.

A. Jordan Wright, Ph.D., Independent Practitioner.

Yange Xue, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Following is a list of individuals with whom we regularly collaborate on research projects.

Lawrence M. Berger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Social Work/Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Ann Elizabeth CamiPh.D., Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College.

Marcia J. Carlson, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental Psychology, Northwestern University.

Pinka Chatterji, Ph.D., Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Psychiatry, Cambridge Hospital.

Felton Earls, M.D., Professor of Child Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.

Holly Foster, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Texas A&M University.

Irv Garfinkel, Ph.D., Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems, Columbia University School of Social Work.

Julia Graber, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Area Director of Developmental Psychology, and Associate Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Florida.

Wen-Jui Han, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work, Silver School of Social Work, NYU.

Jennifer L. Hill, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development, NYU.

Lauren Hale, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, SUNY Stony Brook.

Christopher R. Browning, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, The Ohio State University.

Kristie Kauerz, Ed.D., Research Assistant Professor, P-3 Policy and Leadership, University of Washington.

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Rice University; Research Affiliate, Center on Race, Religion and Urban Life.

Tama Leventhal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Eliot-Pearson Dept. of Child Development, Tufts University.

John Love, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Katherine Magnuson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Marie McCormick, M.D., Sc.D., Sumner and Esther Feldberg Professor of Maternal and Child Health, Harvard School of Public Health.

Sara McLanahan, Ph.D., William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University.

Jane Mendel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Cornell University.

Ron Mincy, Ph.D., Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice, Columbia University School of Social Work.

Colter Mitchell, Ph.D., Faculty Research Fellow, University of Michigan.

Kim Noble, M.D., Ph.D., Resident, Pediatrics, Columbia University Medical Center.

Yoko Nomura, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY; Assistant Professor, Queens College/CUNY, Department of Psychology (Neurosciences), Flushing, NY.

Rachel Razza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Child and Family Studies, College of Human Services and Health Professions, Syracuse University.

Pia Rebello-Britto, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, Child Study Center, Yale University.

Jodie Roth-Herbst, Ph.D., Consultant.

Jane Waldfogel, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs, Columbia University School of Social Work.