Early Childhood Research Group

The Early Childhood Research Group is a faculty working-group with mutual interest in early childhood education and care, both in home and in school settings. Faculty from a variety of research areas (Political Science, Psychology, Education, and Kinesiology) meet regularly with the goal of supporting each others’ research and developing collaborations. 

 

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Email: crf@psych.umass.edu

Associate Professor, Kinesiology
Early Childhood Research
Research:

Sofiya's current research interest is in using physical activity in the prevention of pediatric obesity. In particular, the utilization of community family-based physical activity interventions to reduce early onset cardiovascular disease risk factors (obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus) in ethnic-minority children.

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Associate Professor, Political Science & Public Policy
Family Research Scholar 2006-07
Steering Committee
Early Childhood Group
Research:

Brenda Bushouse's  research interests include early childhood policy, nonprofit governance, and policymaking processes.

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Assistant Professor, Psychology
Early Childhood Research
Research:

Dr. Cheries runs the Infant Cognition Laboratory at UMass, which conducts studies to examine what our concepts are like in the first year of life, prior to the influence of language, culture, and formal education. His research currently concentrates on 3 main aspects of early knowledge:

1. infant's understanding of objects (e.g., Do infants have simple intuitions about how objects behave and interact? And how might these cognitive 'rules' support the ability to identify and track objects over time?)

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Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies
Steering Committee
Early Childhood Group
Research:
Professor, Psychology
Family Research Scholar 2005-06 and 2013-14
Early Childhood Group
Research:
Lisa Harvey studies the development of children with ADHD. The primary goal of her research is to examine the developmental trajectories of emotion regulation and associated aspects of emotion processing from age 3 to age 6 in children with clinically significant levels of ADHD symptomatology.
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Assistant Professor, Psychology (Developmental Division)
Neuroscience and Behavior Program
Family Research Scholar 2011-12
Stress Research Group
Early Childhood Group
Research:

Jennifer McDermott’s research explores the role of early experience in relation to children’s cognitive and affective development. Her past work reveals that early adversity impairs physiological and behavioral indices

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Assistant Professor, Psychology
Family Research Scholar 2009-10
Early Childhood Group
Research:

Scott is a developmental psychologist whose research involves the study of the neural mechanisms of perceptual category learning and perceptual experience in developmental populations. Using both behavioral and electrophysiological methods, her work focuses on how specific visual experiences influence how infants and adults learn to recognize and categorize various types of objects. As a

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Assistant Professor, Psychology
Family Research Scholar 2010-11
Early Childhood Group
Research:

Rebecca Spencer is interested in the influences of sleep on cognitive function and development. Her most recent work suggests that the benefits of sleep on learning diminish with age that is unrelated to reduced total hours of sleep, and preliminary evidence suggests a possible connection with levels of fragmentation in the REM sleep stage. As a Family Scholar, Spencer worked on several grant proposals to address the question of

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Assistant Professor, Education
Family Research Scholar 2011-12
Early Childhood Group
Research:

Sara Whitcomb's research interests include implementation of mental health promotion and positive behavior support efforts in schools, and behavioral and instructional consultation.  During her CRF Scholar year, Dr.

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