The faculty at the Zigler Center consist of those with Faculty appointments, Faculty Affiliates and those currently working as Senior Associates. More information can be found on the faculty by clicking on their names or pictures. Zigler Center faculty members work in a wide variety of research and policy issues, either through the existing Zigler Center divisions or through affiliated research centers listed on their individual faculty pages. Most Zigler faculty do not receive mail or phone calls at the Zigler Center. To obtain faculty US mail addresses or phone numbers, see the Yale directory. Faculty email addresses can be found by clicking below on names or pictures.
Senior Research Scientist in Psychology
Deputy Director, Health, Emotion, & Behavior Laboratory
Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center
Lecturer & Fellow, McMillan Center for International and Area Studies
Associate Director, Global Policy
Maurice Falk Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Psychiatry
Associate Dean for Student Affairs, School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Co-Director, Division of Prevention and Community Research, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Child Development and Epidemiological Research, The Consultation Center
Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center
Associate Director Zigler Center
Director, School of the 21st Century
Director, The Mutt-i-grees Initiative
Associate Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychology
Director, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy
Emily Fraser Beede Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Psychology
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center
Co-Director, Zigler Center Child Welfare Unit
Assistant Professor and Coordinator for Graduate Studies, Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education
Arnold Gesell Professor in the Child Study Center and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases), of Pediatrics and of Psychology
Special Advisor, Dean
Associate Clinical Professor
Alice Carter's research interests include developmental psychopathology; multidimensional assessment of social-emotional development in infancy and early childhood; developmental models that incorporate genetic and environmental factors in the expression of childhood psychopathology; and prevention and early intervention efforts that emphasize relationship-based approaches. She is currently following a large, longitudinal healthy birth cohort in the Greater New Haven area and studying...
Associate Professor of Nursing, College of Nursing; Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Doctoral Health Policy Concentration
Sally S. Cohen's scholarship focuses on linkages among practice, policy, and research for several areas, especially social policies for families with children. Her strong interdisciplinary background has enabled her to pursue innovative programs of research, including the political development of nurses, regulation of nursing practice, and her newest interest—the politics of children’s rights.. She is the recipient of several awards for her scholarship. Her book, Championing Child Care,...
Associate Clinical Professor in the Child Study Center
Assoc Clin Prof Child Study Ctr
Associate Professor - Term
Associate Professor, Psychology
Chris Henrich works with the Zigler Center involves collaborating on a national evaluation of The Schools of the 21st Century. He is also evaluating 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school programs in Kansas City, MO. His interests focus on contextual factors that influence children’s school adjustment. Within his research, he is researching an array of factors - including neighborhood violence, parent involvement, peer groups and motivational orientation - and how they interact in...
Stephanie Jones ’ research interests focus on the nature and structure of social and emotional problems and competencies in early childhood and adolescence. Her work concentrates on the impact of broad ecological risks, such as poverty and exposure to community violence, on the more proximal determinants of social-emotional problems and competencies in early childhood, including parenting, emotion regulation and skills, and social cognitive attributions. Jones’ work also addresses the program...
Supervisor of Research/Principal Investigator
Faith Lamb-Parker, PhD, focuses her research on early childhood intervention, specifically Head Start; mental health needs of vulnerable children; parent education and involvement in their children's education; community/neighborhood factors that influence children's school achievement; and innovative staff-focused mental health interventions for young children and their families. She created a research-to-practice journal for the National Head Start Association, the NHSA Dialog, and has...
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Katherine Marsland is working on a book on child care policy with colleagues at the Zigler Center. In addition, she continues research on the antecedents of achievement motivation in early childhood and is collaborating on a study in this area with a graduate student at Southern Connecticut State University. In this project they are examining the role of maternal depression in the emergence of children’s helplessness. Dr. Marsland’s other research interests include: socio-emotional development,...
Principal Program Evaluator, Program Evaluation Division
Carol Ripple’s research interests have focused on programs and systems that promote family strengthening and child well-being. As an evaluator in academic, private foundation, and state government settings she has conducted process and outcome studies of after-school care, family-based child care, child-care workforce development, adult financial literacy, child protective services, mental health systems, and foster care providers. In all her work, she is particularly interested in research...
President and CEO
Founded and operated primarily by people of color and women, The Jamestown Project consists of scholars, activists, and communities who use five broad strategies to achieve our mission: generating new ideas; promoting meaningful public conversations and engagement; cultivating new leaders; formulating political strategy and public policy; and using cutting-edge communications techniques that reach a broad public.
Ms. Robinson is also a Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Law School and former Chief...
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Laura Stout Sosinsky’s research interests focus on positive early childhood development in context and over time, with emphasis on parenting, child care, and early education, and include research on the dynamic transactions between a child's developing social-emotional and communicative problems and competencies and his or her immediate family environment, research on family, industry, and policy contributors to child care quality emphasizing parents as the primary child care decisionmakers,...
Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics, North Carolina Center for Children's Health Care Improvement
Kathryn Taaffe McLearn’s research focuses on the influence of parental health and child health care services on parenting practices and child outcomes. A primary interest is the notion of a two generation perspective for child health care that includes both child and parental physical and emotional/behavioral health factors and services. Recent articles focus on the effects of maternal depressive symptoms on early parenting practices. Currently McLearn is involved in the evaluation of the...
Jan van Ravens’ present area of work is the development of strategies and scenarios to expand and improve early childhood services in low and middle income countries*. The emphasis is on policy development, planning and finance. Scientific evidence is being used for political breakthroughs. Partners include international organizations such as UNICEF, World Bank, UNESCO and Aga Khan Foundation, as well as ministries and civil society organizations in the countries. His mission is (i) to draw...
Professor of Education
Hiro Yoshikawa is a developmental and community psychologist who conducts research on the development of young children in the U.S., China, and Chile. He focuses on the effects of public policies, particularly those related to parental employment, poverty and early childhood care and education, on children of diverse ethnic and immigrant backgrounds. He is currently working on a cluster-randomized experimental evaluation of Un Buen Comienzo, an initiative in Chile to strengthen children's...
Co-Creator and Executive Producer of PBS "Between the Lions"
Christopher Cerf works with the Zigler Center’s The School of the 21st Century Unit, focusing on its early literacy work. He has been working with Matia Finn-Stevenson and a group of Center fellows and colleagues, including Michael Levine and Diantha Schull, on the creation of a pilot program to test the efficacy of aligning research-based multi-media early language and literacy materials with classroom pedagogy and community engagement/planning.
Website: Sirius Thinking
Assistant Professor, Counseling and School of Psychology
Misty Ginicola’s research has focused on using a developmental lens to understand the varying experience of depression in children. More broadly, she is interested in the experience of mental health problems in school settings, and the development of empirically based interventions which can be utilized in a school setting. Misty is currently the Senior Associate of Research and Evaluation at The School of the 21 st Century; there she works on several evaluation projects, including 21C efficacy...
Consultant, The School of the 21st Century
Michael Levine works with the Zigler Center's The School of the 21st Century Unit, helping make its early literacy work more impactful through linkages to potentially powerful informal education resources, such as children's television and the nation's libraries. He has been working with Center colleagues on the creation of a pilot program to test the efficacy of aligning research-based multi-media early language and literacy materials with classroom pedagogy and community engagement/planning...
Senior Associate/21C National Peer Trainer
Mutt-i-grees Educational Training and Program Development Consultant - NSALA
Norma Meek, Senior Associate, at the Zigler Center provides training and technical assistance to schools implementing 21C. She is retired from the Boyd County School System where she served as Curriculum Event Coordinator, District Reading Coach, Director of Parent Involvement, and Director of the summer Math/Reading program for the school system. Norma is currently Mutt-i-grees Educational Training and Program Development Consultant with North Shore Animal League America.
She served for eight...
Senior Associate for Leadership Development, The School of the 21st Century
Patricia Schumacher has been working with the Zigler Center’s School of the 21st Century Unit, supporting Arkansas leaders in the program’s implementation and expansion. She has been specifically involved in leadership development. The Arkansas network has grown to 33 school districts. Dr. Shumacher has been involved in developing Schools of the 21st Century since 1988 as a school administrator.