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People of the SEDL

Abby Winer

Early Childhood Researcher, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA 

2013 Ph.D., Human Ecology

2010-13  Child Development Technical Writer, West Ed, Sausalito, CA
Abby's research focuses on prosocial motivation in preschool children, especially the influence of parent-child conversation in guiding young children's representations of other people and their needs.  She is also interested in bringing developmental science to the attention of practitioners who work with young children and their families.


Sara Waters

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Washington State University, Vancouver     

2012 Ph.D., Human Development

2012-2014 Postdoctoral Scientist, University of California, San Francisco
Sara is investigating the psychobiological processes involved in the dyadic nature of emotion regulation socialization in mothers and infants.  In her work in the lab, Sara's research focused on the development of emotion understanding and the understanding of emotion regulation in preschool and primary grade children.


Emily Newton

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dominican University of California, San Rafael, CA

2012 Ph.D., Psychology

2012-2014 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Stevenson University, Maryland
Emily's research focuses on the origins of individual differences in helping, sharing, empathy, and cooperation in toddlers, and its association with the quality of mother-child interaction.  She is particularly interested in how mothers socialize their toddlers to be aware of their own and others' emotions and feelings.


Miranda Goodman

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL

2012 Ph.D., Psychology

Miranda's research is devoted to understanding children's attachment relationships with their caregivers, particularly in the context of at-risk families.  Her work has also focused on the influence of infant social referencing behavior and the role it may play in the intergenerational transmission of affective symptomatology from parent to child.


Elita Amini Virmani

Senior Research Associate, Center for Child & Family Studies, WestEd, Sausalito, CA

2009 Ph.D., Human Development

Elita's work includes a variety of projects designed to enhance the quality of early childhood education at WestEd, where she is Director of the Program for Infant/Toddler Care Home Visiting Institutes, funded by the Early Head Start National Resource Center.  Her research interests also focus on the effectiveness of early childhood mental health consultation for teachers working with at-risk preschoolers.


Sara Meyer

Portfolio Manager, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

2008 Ph.D., Psychology

Sara contributes to the management of research initiatives related to child and youth development at the Gates Foundation.  In her work in our lab, Sara was primarily interested in the development of emotion regulation in preschool children, and especially the influence of maternal socialization processes through parents' emotional expressivity and communication.


Shannon Lipscomb

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences,
Oregon State University-Cascades, Bend, OR

2007 Ph.D., Human Development

Shannon's research focuses on the development of school readiness, and the influences of children's experiences at home, child care, and early education settings to the development of the academic and social-emotional skills important to school readiness.  Her work also focuses on the development of self-regulation and on vulnerable populations of children, including those involved in the child welfare system.


Rebecca Goodvin

Associate Professor of Psychology, Western Washington University

2007 Ph.D., Psychology (University of Nebraska); postdoc with SEDL

Rebecca's research is focused on how young children develop self-awareness of their behaviors, emotions, and personality characteristics and the influence of parent-child interaction and relationships in their self-understanding. 


Abbie Raikes

Program Specialist, Early Childhood Education, UNESCO, Paris, France

2005 Ph.D., Psychology (University of Nebraska); postdoc with SEDL

At UNESCO, Abbie provides policy, advocacy, and technical advice on programs and policies to promote healthy development in young children, with an emphasis on partnership with other UN agencies and nonprofits.  In her work in our lab, Abbie was concerned with the development of children's social representations, and especially how they are influenced by maternal depression and growing up in poverty.





Deborah Laible

Associate Professor of Psychology, Lehigh University


Lenna Ontai

Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Dept. of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis


Rebecca Hendrix

Associate Professor, Dept. of Behavioral Sciences, Northwest Missouri State University


Byron Zamboanga

Associate Professor of Psychology, Smith College