Research Group on Child Development, Education and Policy

The Research Group on Child Development, Education, and Policy (CDEP) is a multi-disciplinary collaborative to conduct high-quality research to study early childhood and family characteristics that impact learning, development, school readiness and health outcomes. Research shows educational investments made during early childhood, especially for disadvantaged youth, improves the wellbeing, resilience, and productivity of children. Furthermore, these benefits carry into adulthood and have a positive impact on society (Heckman & Masterov, 2007).
Our work is focused on understanding learning, cognition, socio-emotional functioning, the physical well-being of children, as well as the resources, opportunities, relationships, and social policies that impact children’s development.  Faculty and students with varied interests (education, school psychology, public health, family studies) meet regularly with the goal to support each other’s research and develop collaborations.

Boy putting legos together

Participating Faculty and Students

Co-Directors

Adriana Cimetta, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Educational Psychology

Christina Cutshaw, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion Sciences

Ron Marx, Professor, Dean Emeritus, Department of Educational Psychology

David Yaden, Jr., Professor, Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies
 

Research Affiliates

Michael Sulkowski, Associate Professor, School Psychology, Department of Disability and Psychoeducational Studies
 

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Affiliates

Ghadah Alkhadim, Department of Educational Psychology

Lauren Clough, Department of Educational Psychology

Jenna Hollander, Department of Educational Psychology

Avery Mickens, Department of Educational Psychology

Amber Soublet, Department of Health Promotion Sciences

 

CDEP Alumni

Otilia Barbu, Ph.D.

Emily Earl, Ph.D.

Matthew Holliday, Ph.D.

Joy Jerauld, Ph.D.

Carlos Williams, M.A.

 

CDEP Publications and Presentations

Publications

Cimetta, A. D., Marx, R. W., Yaden, D. B., Alkhadim, G. S., Cutshaw, C., A. (2017). Latent variable structure and measurement invariance of a modified early literacy assessment. International Journal of School and Educational Psychology. In-press. doi:10.1080/21683603.2017.1322016

Yaden, D. B., Marx, R. W., Cimetta, A. D., Alkhadim, G. S., Cutshaw, C., A. (2017). Assessing early literacy with Hispanic preschoolers: The factor structure of the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening—Español. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 39(2), 193-210. doi: 10.1177/0739986316688877

Barbu, O., Yaden, D., Levin-Donnerstein, D., Marx, R.W. (2015). Assessing approaches to learning in school readiness: Comparing the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment to an early learning standards-based measure. AERA Open, 1(3), 1-15. doi: 10.1177/2332858415593923

Barbu, O., Marx, R.W., Yaden, D., Levin-Donnerstein, D. (2015). Measuring approaches to learning in preschoolers: validating the structure of an instrument for teachers and parents. Education 3-13, 44(6), 1-17. doi: 10.1080/03004279.2015.1024273

Holliday, M.R., Cimetta, A.D., Cutshaw, C.A., Yaden, D.B., Marx, R.W. (2014). Protective factors for school readiness among children in poverty. Journal of Education for Students placed at Risk, 19(3-4), 125-147. doi: 10.1080/10824669.2014.971692

Barbu, O., Levin-Donnerstein, D., Marx, R.W., Yaden, D. (2012). Reliability and validity of the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) as a function of parent and teacher ratings. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 31(5), 469-481. doi: 10.1177/0734282912467758

 

Work in Progress:

Cimetta, A.D., Sulkowski, M.L., Cutshaw, C.A., Yaden, D.B., Marx, R.W. (2018). Firearm ownership and storage practices in Arizona families having young children with emotional and behavioral risk factors. (under review)

Clough, L. T., Cimetta, A. D., Cutshaw, C. A., Yaden, D. B., Marx, R. W. (2018). Influences of Home Environment on the Executive Function of Young Children. (working manuscript)

Presentations
 
Cimetta, A. D., Cutshaw, C., A., Marx, R. W., Yaden, D. B., Hollander, J. (2018). Firearm Ownership and Storage Practices among Families with Young Children: Family and Neighborhood Characteristics. American Public Health Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Alkhadim, G., Cimetta, A., Cutshaw, C., Marx, R., Yaden, D. (2018). Generalizability of the Research-Based Early Math Assessment from Urban NY Children to Rural AZ Children Using IRT. American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH.
 
Clough, L. T., Cimetta, A. D. (2018). Measuring the Relationship Between Children's Executive Function and Communicative Abilities. American Psychological Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
 
Clough, L. T., Cimetta, A. D., Cutshaw, C. A., Yaden, D. B., Marx, R. W. (2018). Examining Executive Function of Young Children through Cluster Analysis. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, New York, NY.
 
Cimetta, A. D., Marx, R. W., Yaden, D. B., Alkhadim, G. S., Cutshaw, C., A. (2017). Latent Variable Structure and Measurement Invariance of a Modified Early Literacy Assessment. American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
 
Clough, L. T., Cimetta, A. D., Cutshaw, C. A., Yaden, D. B., Marx, R. W. (2017). Examining the Influences of Home Environment on the Executive Function of Young Children. American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
 
Yaden, D. B., Marx, R. W., Cimetta, A. D., Alkhadim, G. S., Cutshaw, C., A. (2017). Assessing Early Literacy with Hispanic Preschoolers: The Factor Structure of the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening—Español. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.
 
Holliday, M.R., Cimetta, A.D., Cutshaw, C.A., Marx, R.W., Yaden, D.B. (2013). Protective Factors for School Readiness Among Children in Poverty. American Psychological Association Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI.
 
Yaden, D.B., Cimetta, A.D. (2012). A Profile of Preschool Emergent Literacy Based Upon Children’s Performances and Family Literacy Practices. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
 
Yaden, D., Perry, N., Nagasawa, M., Polasky, S., Cimetta, A. (2011). Evaluating School Readiness in Arizona: A Partial Blueprint for Arizona's First Things First Statewide Early Childhood Initiative. Greensboro, NC