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Aikens, Nikki
Early Childhood Researcher

Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
600 Maryland Ave., S.W., Suite 550
Washington, D.C. 20024-2512

Phone: 202-484-3090
Information:Nikki is currently an Early Childhood Researcher at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. in Washington, DC. She is working with Head Start and Early Head Start projects out of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
Links: Website


Bagley, Erika
Postdoctoral Fellow, Auburn University

Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Auburn University
202 Spidle Hall
Auburn, AL 36849

Areas of Research
: Her research considers the effects of poverty on children and adolescents, with a particular focus on the development of behavioral and biological regulatory systems. She is currently researching how SES and ethnicity may affect sleep in school-aged children.
Links:  Profile


Barnett, Melissa A.
Assistant Professor, University of Arizona

Division of Family Studies & Human Development
McClelland Park, Room 315M
650 N Park Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85721

Areas of Research: Her research considers how particular family relationships interact with each other and with the larger cultural and socioeconomic environment to influence parental well-being, parenting and coparenting behaviors, and early child social and emotional development.


Childress, Deb
Research Associate

3-C Institute for Social Development
1901 N. Harrison Avenue
Suite 200
Cary, NC 27513

Phone:  919-677-0102
Areas of Research
: Autism, early development, behavioral measurement, and integrating behavioral and biological measurement.
Links: Website


Coffman, Jennifer
Assistant Director for Research & Training

Center for Developmental Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
100 East Franklin Street, Suite 200
Campus Box 8115
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8115

Information: Jennifer is a Research Associate in the Psychology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Assistant Director for Training and Research at the Center for Developmental Science. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology in 2005, under the mentorship of Peter Ornstein. 
Links: Website


Copping, Kristine
Assistant Professor, Huntingdon College

Department of Psychology
Huntingdon College
Wilson 216
Montgomery, AL 36106

Areas of Research: Kristine’s research interests are focused on race and gender stereotypes and African American adolescent academic achievement and motivation.  She teaches several Psychology courses, including Introduction to Psychology and Lifespan Development. 
Links:  Profile


Deng, Min


Elison, Jed T.
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota

Institute of Child Development
University of Minnesota
51 East River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Areas of Research: Developmental cognitive neuroscience and the pathogenesis of autism.


Grammer, Jennie
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Van Etten 4C9
Bronx, NY 10461

Areas of Research: The development of deliberate memory strategies in elementary school children; the links between basic memory strategies and academically-based study skills; the ways in which schools and teachers may facilitate the emergence and refinement of children’s strategies.


Gould, Laura Feagans
Senior Project Director

SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro
5900 Summit Avenue, #201
Browns Summit, NC 27214

:  Laura is a Senior Project Director at the SERVE Center at UNC-Greensboro she is currently heading projects that will be helping with the overall impact evaluation of Race to the Top for North Carolina and developing new projects there to produce and connect research to practice in educational settings.


Hardaway, Cecily


Kinlaw, C. Ryan
Assistant Professor, Marist College 

Marist College
Department of Psychology
School of Social & Behavioral Sciences
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Areas of Research
: Ryan is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the School of Social and Behavioral Science at Marist College. His research interests include achievement motivation, school achievement, beliefs about ability, parental and teacher influences, and culture and schooling.
Links: Profile


Lee, Seungjin
Postdoctoral Fellow, Korea

Areas of Research: Seungjin has been involved in the Dental Study, the Durham Child Health and Developmental Study through the Center for Developmental Science, and the Classroom Memory Study. She is most interested in understanding the processes through which children come to interpret, remember, and share their stressful personal experiences n the context of children’s testimony.


Mills-Koonce, Roger
Research Scientist and Associate Director of the Behavioral Science Research Division at CDS

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Center for Developmental Science
100 E. Franklin Street
CB #8115
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8115

Areas of Research: Interests include multiple levels of functioning within the family system.  Primary areas of research focus on the effects of stress and coping as predictors of parenting behavior and the role of attachment relationships as contexts for family functioning.
Links: Profile and Website


Okeke-Adeyanju, Ndidi
Research Associate

3-C Institute for Social Development
1901 N Harrison Ave.
Suite 200
Cary, NC 27513

Information:  At 3-C Institute for Social Development, Dr. Okeke-Adeyanju is responsible for intervention development, intervention training, recruitment and coordination of research participants, supervision of research assistants, data management, statistical analyses and interpretation, and presentation/publication of findings.


Purtell, Kelly
Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Texas

University of Texas, Austin
Office: SEA 2324
Campus Mail Code: A2702

Areas of Research
: Kelly’s research broadly focuses on how contextual factors shape development in low-income children and adolescents, and on how public policies can enhance the developmental trajectories of these youth.
Links: Website


San Souci, Priscilla
Research Associate


Sasson, Noah
Assistant Professor, University of Texas

University of Texas, Dallas
800 West Campbell Rd.
GR 4.813
Richardson, TX 75080

Areas of Research: Noah’s work investigates the development of the perception, processing and interpretation of social information. 


Sutton, Kelly A.
Staff Psychologist

J. Iverson Riddle Developmental Center
300 Enola Rd.
Morganton, NC 28655

Links: Website


Swinton, Akilah
Society for Research in Child Development Executive Branch Policy Fellow

Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Washington, DC

Areas of Research: Akilah’s research focuses on identifying the factors that influence the achievement-related behaviors and attitudes of African American adolescents.


Valrie, Cecelia R.
Assistant Professor

East Carolina University
Department of Psychology
Rawl Building
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Areas of Research:
Cecilia’s research interest focuses on the influence of psycho-physiological factors (e.g., stress and sleep) and socio-cultural factors (e.g., discrimination, race socialization, and race identity) on adaptation and development in children and adolescents, with a special focus on chronically ill children.
Links: Profile


Wang, Feihong


Wood, Dana
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
Human Development and Psychology
405 Hilgard Avenue 
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Areas of Research:  Dana’s research focuses on the development of achievement motivation in African American youth, with a particular emphasis on the role of gender in motivational development. 


Woods, Taniesha
Senior Research Associate, Columbia University

The National Center for Children in Poverty
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
215 W. 125th St.
New York, NY 10027

Areas of Research
: Taniesha’s interests include early childhood intellectual/academic development; effective education and training for the teachers of young children, especially around mathematics; and community-based interventions and program evaluation. 
Links:  Profile