The SEED Lab Makes an Impact

As the director of The SEED Lab, I bring my passion for making an impact to everything we do.  My approach to research is defined by my identity as an applied developmental psychologist and my background as a Head Start teacher and Fulbright scholar. It is grounded in relational theories, empirical evidence, and my own experiences with learners from across the lifespan. At the SEED Lab, we conduct research that is useful to practitioners and has an impact on the field. To achieve this aim, we spend time in classrooms, provide professional development training, and engage in local early childhood events. We work hard to stay calibrated to real-world settings. By listening to educators, we are grounded in their most pressing questions, and can account for the real world constraints they face everyday. This strategy eases the translation of our research findings to practice. We are fortunate to have many opportunities at the University of Pittsburgh and in Pennsylvania to act on our research findings and share them with others who are in positions to do the same.

Our lab’s impact includes regular outreach to the community, and some of that can be seen in our media coverage below.

Positive Racial Identity Development in Early Education

Understanding racial identity issues in our children and US, Lynn Hayes Freeland Show, CBS Pittsburgh, May 22, 2016 [link]

Study: Your toddler knows about race and everyone should be talking about it: Beaver County Times, April 19, 2016 [link]New Pittsburgh Courier, April 14, 2016 [link]

New report from University of Pittsburgh says we need to talk about race with children, NEXTPittsburgh, April 18, 2016 [link]

Peduto, Humphrey, researchers release report on race and education, The Pitt News, April 15, 2016 [link]

Pitt report promotes positive racial identity in local children, Pittsburgh Business Times, April 14, 2016 [link]

Research notes, racial perceptions report to be discussed, University Times, April 14, 2016, [link]

University of Pittsburgh report looks at racial bias in early childhood education, Pittsburgh City Paper, April 14, 2016 [link]

A+ schools education update understanding PRIDE in Pittsburgh, A+ Schools YouTube, April 11, 2016 [link]

Developing positive racial perceptions in children, Pitt Chronicle, April 11, 2016 [link]

Positive racial identities can help children learn, The Pitt News, April 5, 2016 [link]

Early positive racial identity could help close achievement gap, 90.5 WESA, Essential Pittsburgh, March 28, 2016 [link]

Peg + Cat: Developing Preschoolers’ Early Math Skills

Fred Rogers Company receives National Science Foundation grant, Animation World Network, October 7, 2015 [link]

Readiness to Implement Social Emotional Interventions

Like a game of poker, school programs’ success can hinge on principals going all in, Science Daily, November 15, 2012 [link]

School success tied to principal’s enthusiasm, Pitt News Services, November 15, 2012 [link]

Taiwan Social Skill Development Study

Connecting the dots between play and learning in the classroom, 90.5 WESA, October 23, 2013 [link]

Well-behaved children? Don’t count out the boys, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 17, 2013 [link]

Classroom gender bias may hurt male students in the U.S., Healthline News, May 24, 2013 [link]

Gender differences in young children, The British Psychological Society, May 24, 2013 [link]

Simon says, do better at school, The Toronto Star, December 26, 2012 [link]

Can you teach self-discipline?, Mom stories, July 29, 2011 [link]

Self-regulation game helps preschool-age children in different countries improve academically, Medical News Today, July 20, 2011 [link]

“Simon Says” teaches self-control, Mercatornet, July 19, 2011 [link]

Preschool-age kids in different countries improve academically using self-regulation game, (e)Science News, July 18, 2011 [link]

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