Department of Human Ecology
Human Development and Family Studies
Human Development Graduate Group
School success can significantly increase opportunities for positive developmental outcomes across the lifespan, but unfortunately, children do not come to school equally prepared and ready to learn. As a former school counselor, my research focuses on the examination and elimination of barriers to school readiness in early childhood and later academic engagement. Currently, I am working on projects to identify the influence of young children’s screen time on school readiness through self-control and language acquisition – powerful predictors of later academic success – and to support children who have experienced trauma so that they may reap the full range of benefits offered by their schools and communities.