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J. David Nugent

Graduate Fellow

J. David Nugent

J. David Nugent is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology. He earned his B.A. at Brandeis University with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Chemistry. He received his M.A. in Developmental Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University with a focus on Risk, Resilience and Prevention. Before joining NCCF, he was the project manager at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical School in the Safe Passage Study – a multi-site project looking at factors that impact behavioral, physiological and cognitive development. His research interests include environmental influences on developmental outcomes for children and families.

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Andrea Kent

Graduate Fellow

Andrea Kent

Andrea Kent is an incoming doctoral student studying developmental psychology in the context of early childhood. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from Rutgers University, and her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Upon graduating with both degrees, Andrea taught preschool at a private school in New Jersey for 2 years, after which she took a job as  a Project Coordinator coordinating research studies at the National Institute for Early Education Research, something she continues to do and enjoy.

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Sarah Kim

Graduate Fellow

Sarah Kim

Sarah is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology. She earned her master’s degree in Applied Developmental & Educational Psychology with a focus in Community & Social Justice while attaining a Certificate in International Human Rights & International Social Justice from Boston College and a bachelor’s degree in Human Development (with a minor in Theology and Philosophy) from Boston College. Before coming to NCCF, she has gained diverse experiences in research and program evaluation in the youth development field from direct service to research as well as the field of early education and care. She has most recently worked at Education Development Center on the Child Care Collaboration Study funded by an Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation’s Child Care Research Partnership grant. Before joining EDC, Sarah was Research Project Manager at the Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), where she led the statewide effort to collect data for a biennial census report on the current state of the youth mentoring field in Massachusetts and also served two years as an AmeriCorps member. For three years, Sarah worked as a tutor for the MATCH Charter Public High School in Boston. Her current research interests include studying holistic interventions and comprehensive services that are sensitive to the individual’s cultures to address and extricate traumatic sociopolitical circumstances like poverty.

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Tiana Moore

Graduate Fellow

Tiana Moore

Tiana Moore is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology. Before coming to NCCF, she attended Stanford University, where she earned her B.A. in Human Biology with a concentration in Children’s Health and Education in Undeserved Communities, and her M.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Poverty and Inequality. While at Stanford, she also served as a Research Assistant in a developmental psycholinguistics lab, conducting research both on-campus and abroad. Her current research interests include examining features of neighborhoods that contribute to health and education disparities and dual-generation interventions that improve outcomes for both children and their parents.

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Bridget Healey

Research Assistant / Administrative Staff

Bridget Healey

Bridget Healey is a research assistant for NCCF’s UPK Implementation project. Before coming to the NCCF, Bridget was a senior policy officer designing and implementing state-wide quality improvement initiatives in the Department of Education in Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include policies for better integrating education, health, and family support, and the education and care of children aged zero to three. She is currently completing her MA in Education Policy at Teachers College, and has a BA in languages and history, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music) from the University of Melbourne.

 

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Dr. Claire Baker

Research Scientist

Dr. Claire Baker

Dr. Claire Baker is a post-doctoral research fellow at NCCF. She earned her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on understanding influence of maternal mental health on early parenting and children’s emerging self-regulation and social-emotional skills. Additional interests include examining the mediating and moderating role of father involvement on ethnic minority children’s cognitive and behavioral skills. Her most recent work involves using the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey of 2009 (FACES-2009) to explore the role of family processes in shaping Head Start children’s school readiness.

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Dr. Sari Mullola

Visiting Scholar

Dr. Sari Mullola

Dr. Sari Mullola, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (The Academy of Finland) at NCCF, earned her doctoral degree (Teacher-perceived student temperament and educational competence predicting student school achievement) in Educational Sciences at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her past research has focused on the associations of individual (e.g., personality, motivation and daily habits) and work related environmental factors (e.g., perceived stress, work load, work engagement and organizational justice) with lifelong learning and well-being over different developmental trajectories. At NCCF, her research focus is to look at the genetic data on dopamine and serotonin as interacting with environments including school, neighborhood and family variation predicting student temperament-based behavior. Dr. Mullola leads the FTProWell Study at the University of Helsinki (i.e., Finnish Novice Teachers’ Professional Wellbeing and Continuance in the Occupation: Developmental Pathways and Underlying Mechanisms with Individual and Environmental Resources). She has also worked in the Finnish Health Care Professionals’ Study led by Professor Marko Elovainio and in the Light Study (i.e., Parents, Teachers, and Children’s Learning: Who Impacts Whom?) led by Professor Kaisa Aunola.

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Eva Landsberg

Research Assistant / Administrative Staff

Eva Landsberg

Eva Landsberg is the Research Assistant to NCCF Co-Director Sharon Lynn Kagan. Eva earned her B.A. in History, with an emphasis on the colonial British Atlantic, from Yale University. She has previously worked as a summer teaching assistant at New Haven’s Friends Center for Children preschool and as an early childhood education intern at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. Her research interests include child care affordability and early childhood education policy.

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Samantha Melvin

Graduate Fellow

Samantha Melvin

Samantha Melvin is a doctoral student in Education Policy, focusing on early childhood and family policy. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Science from Wesleyan University. Prior to NCCF, she was the Lab Manager at the Neurocognition, Early Experience, and Development Lab at TC, where she researched the influences of early home and school environments on language and neurocognitive development. Her current research interests include policies surrounding early childhood workforce development and infant/toddler care and education.

 

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Katherine Y. Chung

Research Assistant / Administrative Staff

Katherine Y. Chung

Katherine Y. Chung is the Administrative Director at the NCCF. She has a BA in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University and pursued graduate studies in Social Welfare Policy at Columbia University. Before coming to NCCF, Katherine wrote committee reports to the Trustees on behalf of Columbia University’s Committee on Socially Responsible Investing; served as the Chief of Staff to the Provost at Pace University; and held appointments in the Dean’s Office at Columbia Law School.

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Sarah Lazzeroni

Research Assistant / Administrative Staff

Sarah Lazzeroni

Sarah Lazzeroni is the Administrative Manager/Research Associate to NCCF Co-Director Jeanne Brooks-Gunn. She received her BA in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Oregon. She also earned two MS degrees from Portland State University, one in Criminology and Criminal Justice and another in Educational Leadership and Policy. Previously, she worked in student services at both the University of Oregon and Portland State.

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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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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. 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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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.

Within Columbia University

Yumiko Aratani, Ph.D., Acting Director, Child Health and Mental Health, National Center for Children in Poverty.

Trey Avery III, M.S.Lab Manager, Neurocognition of Language Lab, Teachers College.

Anne Conway, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work.

Helena Duch, Psy.D., Assistant Professor of Population and Family Health, Columbia University Medical Center.

Pam R. Factor-Litvak, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center.

William Fifer, Ph.D., Associate Director, Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology.

Karen Froud, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Speech & Language Pathology, Teachers College.

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

Michael Hanson, Ph.D.Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College.

Michael MacKenzie, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work.

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

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

Natasha Pilkauskas, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, Columbia Population Research Center.

Andrew G. Rundle, Dr.PH., Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Elliott D. Sclar, Ph.D., Professor of Urban Planning and Director, Center for Sustainable Urban Development, The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Ezra S. Susser, M.D., Dr.PH., Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

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

Outside Columbia University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.