My research centers on child growth and development during preschool and elementary. Three specific areas encapsulate most of my research to date: early academic and social development and assessment, data-based decision making in MTSS, and school readiness/transition to school. I have a strong interest in the early literacy, math, and social skill development of preschoolers that predicts healthy and positive school-based experiences and later school success. Accordingly, several of my recent projects have aligned with longitudinal and cross-age perspectives related directly to aligning state policies with assessment and intervention for children pre-kindergarten through grade 6.
I have secured over $10 million in external funding to support my research, including from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, Office of Special Education Programs and Office for Elementary and Secondary Education, and the National Science Foundation. I have published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers, conference proceedings and book chapters, and presented my work more than 175 times to a range of audiences on four continents. In particular, I enjoy interdisciplinary and community-engaged research projects that offer opportunities for graduate student involvement, learning, and mentoring. Currently I serve as Associate Editor for the Journal of Early Intervention, on the Board of Directors for the Imagine Children's Museum in Everett, WA, and as a consultant for International American Schools around the globe.
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