Degrees/Diplomas: PhD, New York University
Campus Affiliation: College of Staten Island
Training Area: Developmental Psychology
I study the development of infants across multiple domains including perceptual-motor and social-cognitive with a focus on culture and context. Through naturalistic and experimental investigations, I examine how infants’ emerging motor skills offer new opportunities to explore and navigate their surroundings, engage with people, and use social information to make decisions about action. Reciprocally, I examine how caregivers modify their expectations and behaviors as a result of their infants’ changing skills. Finally, I consider the role of culture and context in shaping parents’ beliefs and practices thereby altering children’s developmental pathways.
Awards: NSF BCS #1528831 Short- and long-term effects on infant development; NSF BCS #1349044 Effects of traditional cradling practices on infants’ physical, motor, and social development