Faculty

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.


Faculty

Leadership

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Walter Gilliam, PhD

Director of the Edward Zigler Center

Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychology

Profesor of Psychology

Director, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy

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Matia Finn-Stevenson, PhD

Associate Director

Research Scientist

Associate Director Zigler Center

Director, School of the 21st Century

Director, The Mutt-i-grees Initiative

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Edward Zigler, PhD

Director, Emeritus

Professor Emeritus of Psychology

Emeritus Faculty

Director, Emeritus, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development & Social Policy

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Faculty

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Janet Kremenitzer

Assistant Professor and Coordinator for Graduate Studies, Department of Early Childhood and Childhood Education

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Tong Liu, PhD

Research Scientist

Executive Director, Yale-China Program on Child Development

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Angela Maupin, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in the Child Study Center

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Affiliates

Alicia Carter

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...

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Sally Cohen

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,...

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Chris Henrich

Associate Professor, Psychology

Chris Henrich works with the Zigler Center involves collaborating on a national evaluation of . 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 influencing children’s academic...

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Stephanie Jones

Assistant Professor

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...

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Faith Lamb-Parker

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...

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Katherine Marsland

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,...

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Carol Ripple

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...

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Stephanie Robinson

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...

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Laura Stout Sosinsky

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,...

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Kathryn Taaffe McLearn

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...

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Christopher Cerf

Co-Creator and Executive Producer of PBS "Between the Lions"

Christopher Cerf works with the Zigler Center’s , 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.


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Misty Ginicola

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...

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Michael Levine

Consultant, The School of the 21st Century

Michael Levine works with the Zigler Center's , 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 that could benefit all of the 21C...

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Patricia Schumacher

Senior Associate for Leadership Development, The School of the 21st Century

Patricia Schumacher has been working with the Zigler Center’s , 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.

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