Early Childhood Research

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Name & Title Research Interests Contact Information
Bradd Anderson, EdD
Assistant Professor
Leadership development; positive youth development; military children and teens; adolescent development; brain development (573) 884-0576
Jean Ispa, PhD
Professor, Department Co-Chair
Parent-child and teacher-child interaction; Early Head Start evaluation; family and child care in Russia (573) 882-2796
Louis Manfra, PhD
Assistant 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 (573) 882-8455
Michelle Mathews, PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor, CDL Director, Undergraduate Advisor for Child Development and Education
Early childhood; families & health (573) 882-3999
Francisco Palermo, PhD
Assistant Professor
Latino children’s sociobehavioral health, English acquisition, and academic well-being; contributions of parent, teacher, and peer experiences (573) 884-0932
Rachel Thibodeau, PhD
Assistant Professor
School readiness, executive functions, cognitive development, fantasy/pretend-play, biological substrates of child development, and socio-emotional development (573) 884-4035