- PhD, Oregon State University (Human Development), 1983
- MS, Oregon State University (Child Development), 1980
- BS, Colorado State University (Child Development), 1975
My research interests focus on the development of young children, particularly in the context of the family (parent-child relationships) and school/care settings. In addition, because the majority of my career has included a deep connection with the Adele and Dale Child Development Laboratory, much of my work has concentrated on developmentally appropriate practice, quality care settings (including curriculum), children's transition to kindergarten, and the preparation of preservice teachers. Current research projects include an examination of preservice teachers' developmentally appropriate beliefs/practices, and an investigation of the relationship between the developmentally appropriate beliefs/practices of kindergarten teachers and their perceptions of children's kindergarten transition.