Guadalupe Díaz Lara <email@example.com>
I am a postdoctoral scholar with the Baby Books 2 project in the School of Education. I received my M.S and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University with emphasis on early childhood development and children’s educational experiences. My research interests are broadly focused on understanding and improving the individual and ecological factors (e.g. parenting) that influence the school readiness and 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. I focus on the influence of self-regulation, English Language proficiency, and parenting on children’s educational experiences and connecting research to community-based programs to improve the educational experiences of children and their parents.
Fun fact: As an undergraduate, I worked in a funeral home and creating educational materials on invasive species.
Mariya Nikolayev <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I just completed my doctorate in the College of Education and Human Development of George Mason University, specializing in learning technologies design research. Overall, I am interested in methods of tailoring media content to serve developmental needs of different populations of young children. Currently, I am involved in two projects: one examines whether specific features of digital games can promote social-emotional and cognitive development in children under 5 years of age; another assesses various learning affordances of popular digital games for preschoolers.
Fun fact: I am collecting dolls in national costumes from different countries around the world.