My work includes research, teaching, and clinical work focused on both early childhood and adult development. Currently I serve on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, work as a clinician at Children’s Hospital Boston, and serve as a Scientific Advisor for Kiko Labs, where I work with a team of researchers developing learning games and executive function assessments for children in the early years.
My education includes a B.A. in English from Yale, an M.S. in communication sciences and disorders from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, an M.A. degree in English from Boston University, and an Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Human Development and Education, where I served for two years as a Teaching Fellow for psychologist Robert Kegan. I am also a nationally certified speech-language pathologist, with a focus on learning disabilities and early childhood.
As an expert in child development and early education, I have a passion for bridging the worlds of education and parenting, and for brokering knowledge. With these goals in mind, I write on parenting culture and early education for outlets including USA Today; Salon; WBUR’s Cognoscenti; Brain, Child, Magazine; Kveller; Harvard Education Letter; EdSurge;and Education Week. I frequently serve as a guest blogger for outlets including The Huffington Post, Edutopia, Mothers Always Write, and Power of Moms, and also have my own blog at Psych Central. My research has appeared in a number of educational journals, including Review of Educational Research, New Writing, and the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk.
I frequently give talks and presentations for parents, teachers, and researchers, including as a workshop leader for the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, American Educational Research Association, and the Society for Adult Development. I also served as a board member for the Harvard Educational Review.
Fluent in French, I am raising my children bilingually alongside my husband Philippe. Before having children, I spent a year as a Teaching Fellow at a bilingual high school in Athens, Greece, where I first became fascinated with the relationships between language, culture, and thought.