Willa Cather Professor
Child, Youth and Family Studies
Also in Psychology
250 Mabel Lee Hall
Dept of Child, Youth, and Family Studies
Department web page
Current Assignment in the College of Education and Human Sciences:
I have a split teaching and research appointment between the Psychology Department and the Department of Child, Youth, and Family Studies.
I joined the faculty at UNL in 1997, after past teaching experiences at the Universities of Massachusetts and Kentucky. I received my Ed.D. in Human Development from Harvard University, and I teach courses in early childhood education and developmental psychology (infancy and early childhood.
My interests center on research and professional development that improves the quality of services to young children, birth to age 8, with goals of strengthening home-school partnerships, preschool and primary math education, and infant-toddler development. I also have extensive research background on child development in cultural context; socialization processes within the family; and international early childhood education. I have conducted research and held research positions at universities in Italy, Norway, and Kenya, and am especially known for books on the Reggio Emilia approach from northern Italy (e.g., The Hundred Languages of Children, 3rd Ed: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation (2012). Currently, I am part of the NebraskaMATH project seeking to improve math education throughout the state, and with the UNL Getting Ready Project focused on strengthening relationships between parents, their young children, and the children's caregivers and educators. I have conducted research and held research positions at universities in Italy, Norway, and Kenya.