YSP Profiles

The Foundation for Child Development continues its tradition of developing the next generation of leaders in fields with potential to impact the well-being of children and their families. Meet our Young Scholars:

The 2014 Young Scholars (cohort 12) are:

Justin Denney, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Rice University,Food Insecurity in Neighborhood Context: Investigating Disparities Among a Racially Diverse Sample of Young Children

Kevin Gee, Ed.D., School of Education, University of California, Davis, The Impact of Food Security Status on Children's Developmental Outcomes: Examining Differences Across Diverse Racial/Ethnic and Income Groups

Ramon A. Martinez, Ph.D., College of Education, University of Texas at Austin, Exploring and Expanding Multilingual Students' Linguistic Repertoires

Kristine M. Molina, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago, The Effects of Discrimination on Social, Academic, and Mental Health Outcomes of Puerto Rican Children:  An Inter-generational and Multi-wave Study

Kristin Turney, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, The Developmental Trajectories of Children with Incarcerated Fathers: The Role of Families, Schools, and Neighborhoods

The Young Scholars (Cohorts 1-11):

Cecilia Ayón,  Arizona State University, "¿Tú de Donde Eres?: Latino Immigrant Families' Efforts to Resist Discrimination"

Kalina Brabeck Rhode Island College, "An Exploratory Study of the Experiences of US-born Children in Latino Immigrant Families"

Christia Spears Brown, University of Kentucky, "Children Succeeding During Demographic Shifts: How Discrimination and Ethnic Identity Predict the Academic Attitudes and Performance of Latino Children in a White Community"

Erin Todd Bronchetti, Swarthmore College, "Public Insurance and the Health of Immigrant Children"

Charissa Cheah, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, "Social Skills of Young Children of Chinese Immigrants: The Role of Sociocultural Context, Parents' Adaptation, and Parenting"

Dylan Conger, The George Washington University, "Time to English Proficiency Among Young English Learners"

Maricela Correa-Chavez, Clark University, "The Cultural Organization of Learning in Mexican Immigrant Families"

Danielle Crosby, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, "Immigrants' Access to Public Benefits and Services Post-Reform: Missed Opportunities to Invest in Young American Children?"

Robert Crosnoe, University of Texas at Austin, "The Developmental Trajectories of Immigrant Children: Education, Health, Parenting, and School Context"

Eric Dearing, Boston College, "Student Support in High-poverty Elementary Schools and the Achievement of English Language Learners "

Catherine DeCarlo SantiagoLoyola University Chicago, "Protective Processes Among Immigrant Families: The Impact of Family Coping on Mexican-origin Children"

Joanna Dreby, State University of New York, University at Albany, "The Daily Lives of Children in Mexican Immigrant Households" 

Anna Gassman-Pines, Duke University, "Paternal Employment, Family Functioning and Young Child Well-Being: A Daily Diary Study of Mexican Immigrant Families"

Tiffany Green, Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, "Prenatal Insurance, Prenatal Care and Early Life Health Among the Children of Black Immigrants"

Elena Grigorenko, Yale Child Study Center, "Risk and Protective Factors for the Development of Socio-emotional and Learning Difficulties in Children Adopted from Russia: A multi-group comparison."

Wen-Jui Han, New York University, "Cognitive and Socio-emotional Outcomes of Children of Immigrants"

Ariel Kalil, University of Chicago, "Parental Labor Market Experiences, Investments in Children, and the Educational, Behavioral, and Physical Health Status of Immigrant Children"

Neeraj Kaushal, Columbia University,"Welfare Reform and Health of Children in Immigrant Families"

Idolly Micere Keels, The University of Chicago, "Children's Developing Environments"

Jennifer Keys Adair, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Texas at Austin, "Towards a Culturally Relevant Continuity of Development for Latino Children of Immigrants in PK-3 Educational Settings" 

Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, Rice University, "Safe to Play?  Immigrant Children's Neighborhood Environments and Opportunities for Physical Activity"

Steve Knotek, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "The Madres Para Ninos Program"

Jin Sook Lee, University of California, Santa Barbara, "Building Language Capacity: Dual Language Development in Korean and Mexican Immigrant Children"

Tama Leventhal, Tufts University, "Neighborhood Context and Immigrant Young Children's Development"

Jin Li, Brown University, "Chinese Immigrant Children's Learning Beliefs and Related Socialization at Home"

Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, "Nonresident Father Involvement in Immigrant Families"

Amy L. Non, Vanderbilt University, "Biological Embedding of Stress in Children of Mexican Immigrants" 

Krista Perreira, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Immigrants, Parenting, and Infant/Toddler Well-being"

Andrew Edward Rasmussen, Fordham University, "Child Health-seeking Networks among West African Refugees"

Iliana Reyes, University of Arizona, "Emergent Literacy and Immigrant Children: Using Parent-Child Interactions to Foster Literacy in Spanish-Speaking Children"

Lisseth Rojas-Flores, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Marriage and Family Department, Fuller Theological Seminary, "Parental Detention and Deportation and the Adjustment of Latino Citizen Children"

Eric Everett Seiber, The Ohio State University, "New Immigration Destination States - Is It Harder For Eligible Immigrant Children To Enroll In Medicaid?"

Selcuk Sirin, New York University, "Muslim Immigrant Parents Negotiating with Schools: Implications for Children"

Amanda L. SullivanUniversity of Minnesota, "Special Needs among Young Children of Immigrants: Prevalence, Risk and Protective Factors, and Educational Experiences" 

Kevin J.A. Thomas, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Demography, and African Studies, Pennsylvania State University, "Parental Education- Occupation Mismatch Status and Child Poverty in Black Immigrant Families"

Yuuko Uchikoshi, University of California, Davis, "Early Literacy Study of Immigrant Children"

Jennifer Van Hook, Pennsylvania State University, "Obesity Among Young Children of Immigrants"

Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal, University of Pittsburgh, "Early Education and Care Experiences and School Readiness of Children of Immigrants"

Sarah Watamura, University of Denver, "Physiologic Stress Reactivity among Mexican-Origin Families"

Hanako Yoshida, University of Houston, "Cognitive Consequence of Exposure to Multiple Languages"

Jessica Zacher Pandya, Assistant Professor, California State University, Long Beach, "Multimodal Digital Composition with English Language Learners"

Qing Zhou, University of California, Berkeley, "The Risk and Protective Factors for Mental Health Adjustment in 1st- and 2nd-generation Chinese American Immigrant Children"