Family, Consumer, and Human Development
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Ph.D., Associate Professor
Executive Director, Dolores Dore Eccles Center for Early Care & Education
Location: DDECECE 314
Office Phone: 797-2713
Ph.D. in Family and Human Development, Utah State University, May 1999
M.Ed. in Psychological Services, Idaho State University, August 1992
B.S. in Psychology, Idaho State University, May 1991
My research interests include early language development, emergent literacy, parent-child interaction, parent supports of children's language and regulation skills, program evaluation, early childhood professional development, and early intervention. My research is primarily quantitative with at-risk populations.
Promoting Effective Engagement, Communication, and Self-Regulation with English Language Learners (PEECSE)
This project is funded by the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of this project is to develop and evaluate a bookmaking approach to promote the language and regulation skills of children learning English as a second language so they can actively participate in preschool from the very beginning. We are also evaluating a home visit component and the Let's Begin with the Letter People preschool curriculum. Our professional development and evaluation activities involved 20 classrooms from the Ogden/Weber Community Action Partnership Head Start.
Using Technology for Emergent Literacy and Language (UTELL).
This study is funded by the U.S. Office of Education, Office of Special Education Programs to evaluate the UTELL approach. This approach was designed to promote shared conversation around meaningful literacy experiences through the use of digital imagery to illustrate family-created stories in book format. Participants include both English and Spanish-speaking families with toddlers with language delays.
Very Low Birthweight Infants and School Readiness: What Factors Contribute to Their Success?
The purpose of this study is to examine very low birthweight children's academic and emotion/self regulation skills at school entry and explore the influence of early mother-infant interaction on these developing skills. Pilot data for this study has been collected. Currently, grants are being prepared to obtain funding for this study.
I am interested in working with students in any of the research areas listed above or in other related areas. I am very willing to listen to students' ideas and explore related lines of research.