Pia Britto, PhD

Assistant Professor Adjunct

Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center: Formative Childhood and Peace Building

Yale Global Mental Health Program

Global Health Studies

MacMillan Center


She is known internationally for her work in the areas of early childhood policy and programs in over 40 low and middle income countries for developing integrated systems and policies for early childhood. In particular, she is investigating the role of governance and finance of national systems in achieving equity, access and quality. Dr. Britto has also been involved in several early intervention program evaluations in Africa and Asia, including a six country evaluation of an innovative approach to improve school readiness. Other aspects of her international work include the conceptualization of a measurement model for quality early childhood services and measuring and implementing the school readiness paradigm - ready children, ready families and ready schools, and understanding the best modalities to support parenting. Most recently, Dr. Britto is involved in research that is examining the relationship between early childhood and peace building. Nationally, within the United States, Dr. Britto is known for her scientific work on young children's early literacy development, and more recently, on understanding issues of identity development of Muslim and Arab children. Dr. Britto obtained her doctoral degree in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the recipient of several national and international grants and awards in recognition for her work and has published numerous books, articles, chapters and reports, and has presented extensively at conferences, meetings and workshops (academic and non-academic) around the world.

Education & Training

PhD Columbia University (1999)

Honors & Recognition

  • Dina Feitelson Research AwardInternational Reading Association (2008)

  • Early Career AwardAmerican Educational Research Association (2003)

  • Outstanding Dissertation AwardInternational Reading Association (2001)

  • Dissertation with DistinctionColumbia University (1999)

Professional Service

  • (2009 - 2010) Head Start Research Conference Program & Review Committees

  • (2009 - Present) Consultative Group on Early Child Care and Development Policy Committee

  • (2009 - Present) National Preschool Study, India.

  • (2008 - 2009) Women, Religion and Globalization Study Group

  • (2008 - 2009) Yale Students for UNICEF

  • Ridgefield Public School District (2008 - 2009) Kindergarten Study Committee

  • Society for Research in Child Development (2005 - 2009) International Affairs Committee

  • Early Childhood Research Quarterly International (2005 - 2009) Bernard van Leer Publication Child Development Developmental Psychology Journal of Behavioral Development Journal of Family Studies

  • (2004 - 2009) Consultative Group for Early Care and Child Development

  • Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics (2004 - 2007) Children’s Rights Forum

  • UNICEF (2004) Indicators of Family Psychosocial Care for Child Development

  • HIPPY USA (2002 - 2009) Research Advisory Board

  • Columbia University (2000 - 2004) Rita Gold Center, Teachers College

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Contact Info

Pia Britto, PhD
Mailing Address
Child Study CenterPO Box 207900
230 South Frontage Road

New Haven, CT 06520-7900

Curriculum Vitae