Position: Assistant Professor
Campus Affiliation: College of Staten Island
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., New York University
Training Area: Human Development
Research Interests: Bidirectional effects of infant-mother interactions; w/I & cross-cultural studies of infants and mothers; Social-cognitive development in infancy; perceptual-motor development in infancy
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.