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University of California, Irvine Baby Books 2

Our Staff

Natasha Cabrera, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Natasha Cabre ra has studied parenting with a particular focus on father involvement and children’s social development for almost 20 years. She has published on topics including ethnic and cultural variations in fathering and mothering behaviors, family processes in a social and cultural context, and the mechanisms that link early experiences to children’s school readiness. Her work is well cited by researchers and the media.
phone: 301-405-2827
email:ncabrera@umd.edu

Stephanie M. Reich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education, Psychology and Social Behavior, and Informatics at the University of California, Irvine.
Dr. Stephanie Reich completed her doctorate in Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, focusing on Community Psychology and Program Evaluation. Stephanie’s research tries to figure out how best to support children and families. She is especially interested in low-cost interventions that improve children’s healthy physical, social, and cognitive growth. She also studies children’s use of media and technology.
phone: 949-824-5970
email: smreich@uci.edu

Program Manager

Guadalupe Diaz, Ph.D.
Guadalupe received her doctorate in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University with emphasis on early childhood development and children’s educational experiences. Guadalupe’s research interests are broadly focused on understanding and improving the individual and ecological factors (e.g. parenting) that influence the educational experiences of children and families from diverse backgrounds--specifically, in children and families from ethnically-diverse backgrounds and children who are English Language Learners.
phone: 949-824-8864
email: gdiazlar@uci.edu

Graduate Research Assistants

Kelsey Garcia, kmgarcia@umd.edu, University of Maryland
Kelsey Garcia is a PhD Student in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Arizona State University. Her interests lie in how parenting impacts social and emotional development in young children, particularly in minority and low-income communities.

Avery Hennigar, averyh@umd.edu, University of Maryland
Avery Hennigar is a PhD student in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the Univeristy of Maryland. She received her MPH in Community Health Education and a BA in Psychology and BS in Public Health from the University of Maryland. Avery is interested in exploring mother- and father-child relationships and how these relationships shape children's social-emotional devleopment and overall learning.

Catherine Kuhns, ckuhns@umd.edu, University of Maryland
Catherine Kuhns is a PhD student in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology at the University of Maryland. She received her M.S. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Fordham University and her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. She is broadly interested in parent child relationships in low-income and ethnic minority families.

Wendy Ochoa, wendyo@uci.edu, University of California, Irvine
Wendy Ochoa is a PhD student in the Department of Education at the University of California, Irvine. She received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. Wendy is interested in investigating the role of the home environment in children’s development.

Research Assistants

Amy Gaona, agaona@uci.edu, University of California, Irvine
Amy Gaona is an undergraduate student in the Department of Education and Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently a teacher’s assistant at UCI Children’s Center and is working towards her bachelor’s degree. Amy is interested in investigating different family dynamics.

Yesenia Salcedo, salcedoy@uci.edu
Yesenia is an undergraduate student in the department of education and humanities. She is majoring in education and minoring in Spanish.  Currently she works at an after school program in Santa Ana and is interested in pursuing a career in School Psychology.

Georgina Espino, gespinob@uci.edu
Georgina Espino is an undergraduate student in the Department of Education and Social Ecology. Double majoring in Education Sciences and Psychology and Social Behavior she is interested in pursuing a career in which she can help people and promote a higher education.

CHILE
Project Coordinator of the Chile site
Daniela, Aldoney, Ph.D.
Daniela completed her PhD in Human Development from the University of Maryland. Currently she is working at Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile. Her research interests include the study of parent-child relationships in disadvantaged populations and how home factors influence social and emotional development during early childhood.  She will be coordinating the implementation of a pilot study of BB2 in Chile.

The Baby Book 2 project is a collaboration between the
University of Maryland and the University of California, Irvine.