I am the President of Every Child Succeeds (ECS), a comprehensive prenatal to age three home visiting program designed to optimize maternal and child health and development.
Prior to my role at ECS, I was a Dunn Family Scholar of Psychological and Educational Assessment at Vanderbilt University and an associate professor of special education and disability studies at The George Washington University. My identities as a researcher, clinician and teacher are inextricably linked. What drives me in science — curiosity, the excitement of discovery and the desire to help others — also inspires my passion for directly working with young children and families and supporting others to do so.
The overarching goal of my research is to improve long-term language and social outcomes for young children with or at the most risk for developmental differences through innovative early intervention. I seek to understand factors that influence early social communication development and identify predictors of response to intervention in order to adapt interventions to meet the unique needs of individual children and their families. I wish to support parents and educators in creating optimal learning environments and developing relationships known to enhance overall well-being and development through leveraging and better coordinating expertise across health and education sectors.