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Tashia Abry

Tashia Abry, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
tashia.abry@asu.edu

Tashia Abry is an Assistant Research Professor in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia where she studied school-based social and emotional learning interventions and program implementation. Tashia’s research focuses on the behavior and development of teachers and children within the classroom ecology. She is particularly interested in understanding classroom structures and processes that promote the development of the whole child and the mechanisms underlying these associations. As a member of The Kindergarten Project, Tashia is the Principal Investigator for the Classroom Competence Composition (C3) study, an evaluation of the influence of classroom-level social, emotional, and behavioral characteristics on teacher practice and children’s academic and social adjustment. She is also actively involved in the Transition to Teaching (T3) and Starting School Successfully (S3) initiatives.

Robert Bradley

Robert Bradley, PhD
Professor
rhbradley@asu.edu

Robert H. Bradley is a Professor and Director of the Family and Human Dynamics Research Institute at Arizona State University.  He has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of North Carolina.  His research focuses on home environments, child care and early education.  He was part of the Kramer Project in Little Rock, Arkansas.  This project joined early education and day care to elementary education in an area that served low-income children.  He has been part of several major multi-site research projects that address early education and family life, including the Infant Health and Development Program, the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, and the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation study.  He has served on expert advisory panels for several studies and groups that address early education, including ECLS-B/K and the Native American/Alaska Native Head Start Research Center.  He also served as associate editor for Child Development and Early Childhood Research Quarterly.

Mary Anne Duggan

Mary Anne Duggan, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
maduggan@asu.edu

Mary Anne Duggan is an Assistant Research Professor and Internship Director in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and has 17 years of experience as a school teacher in Arizona, where she taught in the Balsz and Scottsdale School Districts. The majority of her teaching experience is in kindergarten and K/1 multiage classrooms, and she is the former owner of a private preschool. She also served as a staff developer, new teacher induction specialist, cognitive/instructional coach, educational researcher, university-school program liaison, college clinical faculty member, and research project director. She is the author of Powerful Parent Letters for K-3 (Corwin Press) and Quick Classroom Party Ideas (Fearon) as well as over 40 magazine articles written for parents and teachers. Her research interests include motivation of teachers as learners, school relationships and classroom communities, positive learning environments, and kindergarten as a unique context of schooling.

Richard Fabes

Richard Fabes, PhD
School Director and Professor
rfabes@asu.edu

Richard Fabes is a Professor and Director of the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University.  His research interests include children's adaptation to school, peer relationships, emotional development, and gender and adjustment. His current research projects include a large intervention project designed to promote positive relationships between boys and girls and the student of gender development and relationships.

Manuel Jimenez

Manuela Jiménez, PhD
Postdoctoral research fellow
Manuela.Jimenez@asu.edu

Manuela Jiménez is a postdoctoral research fellow in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D in Educational Psychology – Applied Developmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. Manuela is interested in understanding how to better support teachers to engage in effective practices, by focusing on identifying teacher characteristics associated with their engagement in effective practice, as well as features of teacher education and professional development that are directly related to improvements in practice. She is currently working with the Sanford Harmony Program’s teacher training, and with the Kindergarten Project.

Jieun Lee

Jieun Lee, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
JLee129@asu.edu

Jieun Lee is a postdoctoral research fellow in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics. She received her Ph.D. degree in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University. She is a member of the Kindergarten Project. Her academic interest is how future time perspectives and academic possible selves affect students’ self-concept, motivation, self-regulation, and academic achievements. She is also interested in how parenting, peer relationships, Socio Economic Status (SES), and ethnicity influence the development of self-concept, academic possible selves, and self-regulation toward improving academic achievements.

Megan Pratt

Megan Pratt, PhD
Postdoctoral research fellow
Megan.Pratt@asu.edu

Megan Pratt is a postdoctoral research fellow in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University. Megan is a member of The Kindergarten Project. Her research focuses on how early care and education and family contexts relate to children’s school readiness, with an emphasis on self-regulation skills. She is also interested in how early care and education programs and policies support vulnerable children and families, including those involved in the Child Welfare system.

Jodi Swanson

Jodi Swanson, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
jodi.swanson@asu.edu

Jodi Swanson is an Assistant Research Professor of Family and Human Development in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. Broadly, her research interests address parents’ and teachers’ emotional and instructional support of children’s positive social-emotional and academic competence. She has collaborated on a number of projects addressing the impacts of children’s resilient characteristics, such as abilities to regulate attention, behavior, and emotion, and academic relationships on social-emotional and academic functioning in the early years of formal schooling. She has also begun investigating the teacher’s role in classroom dynamics in bringing about children’s connectedness to and success in school, including teachers’ own self-regulation and positive response behaviors with students and especially among diverse classrooms.

Michelle Taylor

Michelle Taylor, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Michelle.Baldanza@asu.edu

Michelle Taylor is a postdoctoral research fellow in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her primary research interests include examining contextual and relational influences on young children’s social competence with peers. In particular, her work focuses on better understanding the relationship between teacher-child interactions and peer engagement within early schooling environments. She is also especially interested in finding ways to translate research into practice through professional development and intervention efforts. As a member of The Kindergarten Project, Michelle collaborates on the Classroom Competency Composition (C3) study, an evaluation of the influence of classroom-level social, emotional, and behavioral characteristics on teacher practice and children’s developmental outcomes.

 Crystal Bryce

Crystal I. Bryce, MA
crystal.bryce@asu.edu

 

Crystal I. Bryce is a doctoral student in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University. Her previous experience includes researching children with autism and preschool peer relationships. Her research interests include early childhood education, individual and contextual factors that influence children's academic performance, school engagement, and teacher's instructional support.

Larissa Gaias

Larissa Gaias, BA
larissa.gaias@asu.edu

 

Larissa Gaias is a doctoral student in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University. Her previous experience includes researching individual and cross-cultural differences in temperament, mentoring elementary school students using performing arts, and working as a facilitator for a study abroad program in Thailand. She is interested in researching cultural and individual differences in learning, and the ways in which these differences are addressed in the classroom, affecting students' socio-emotional outcomes and academic achievement.

Kristen Granger 

Kristen Granger, BS
kristen.granger@asu.edu

 

Kristen Granger is a doctoral student in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University. Her previous experience includes researching preschool and elementary children and teachers. Her research interests include early childhood education, teaching practices, and peer relationships. Her current work has been examining variations among teachers in their classroom management strategies and how teacher's attitudes and beliefs may influence classroom practices.

Lauren Van Huisstede 

Lauren van Huisstede, MS
lvanhuis@asu.edu

 

Lauren van Huisstede is a doctoral student in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University. She received her MS in Psychology at Arizona State University’s West Campus in 2013. Her previous experience includes working as a facilitator for an evidence-based parent education program and research in cognitive processing and stress, parent-child relationships, and emotion regulation. Her research interests include emotion development, self-regulation, parenting, and school readiness in young children.

Zareen Islam

Zareen Islam
Zareen@asu.edu

Zareen Islam is a research staff member with the Kindergarten Project. She received her BA in Psychology at Arizona State University. Her research interests include regulatory and social abilities in children and how they contribute toward academic success.

Wendy Miedel Barnard
wmbarnar@asu.edu

Wendy Miedel Barnard is an Assistant Research Professor in CREO (College Research and Evaluation Operations) in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

David Lee Carlson
dlcarlso@asu.edu

David Lee Carlson is an Associate Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

Billie Enz
BJEnz@asu.edu

Billie Enz is the Executive Director of Educare Arizona and holds a Ph.D. in Elementary Education.  She is a professor emeritus in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

Elizabeth Hinde
lizhinde@asu.edu

Elizabeth Hinde is the Director of Teacher Preparation for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, leading all undergraduate teacher preparation programs at Arizona State University.

Michelle Jordan
mejorda2@asu.edu

Michelle Jordan is an Assistant Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

Mari Koerner
mkoerner@asu.edu

Mari Koerner is Dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

Sara Rimm-Kaufman
serk@virginia.edu

Sara Rimm-Kaufman is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Virginia.