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Early Childhood Research

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Contact Faculty Research Interests
Louis Manfra, PhD
Associate Professor
Early childhood development; role of language in cognitive development; metacognitive aspects of inner speech; early education practices and learning; development of numeracy and early math knowledge
Michelle Mathews, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor, CDL Director, Undergraduate Advisor for Child Development and Education
Early childhood; families & health
Francisco Palermo, PhD
Associate Professor
Latino children’s sociobehavioral health, English acquisition, and academic well-being; contributions of parent, teacher, and peer experiences
Rachel Thibodeau, PhD
Assistant Professor
School readiness, executive functions, cognitive development, fantasy/pretend-play, biological substrates of child development, and socio-emotional development