The following individuals are currently or have recently served as investigators in empirical studies at our center:
|Dr. Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, Phyllis Waite Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education, Distinguished Professor, CSU Professor
Jeffrey Trawick-Smith holds the Phyllis Waite Endowed Chair in the Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University. He has authored and edited over 50 books and articles and presented over 100 papers at research conferences—most related to young children’s play, culture, and teacher-child classroom interactions. He is currently serving as Principal Investigator of the TIMPANI Toy Study and the Relationship of Teacher-Child Math Talk During Preschool Play To Young Children’s Mathematics Learning study (funded by the Spencer Foundation).
|Dr. Sudha Swaminathan, Professor of Early Childhood Education and Special Assistant to the Dean
Sudha Swaminathan is a faculty member in the Center for Early Childhood Education. She holds a doctorate in early childhood mathematics education and has taught, studied, and written extensively about math, science, and technology learning and teaching in early childhood education. She is currently serving as Co-Investigator of the Relationship of Teacher-Child Math Talk During Preschool Play To Young Children’s Mathematics Learning study (funded by the Spencer Foundation).
|Julia DeLapp, CECE Director
Julia DeLapp is the Director of the Center for Early Childhood Education. She holds a master’s degree with a focus on families and public policy. She serves as Co-Investigator of the TIMPANI Toy Study and is the producer and author of dozens of professional development videos that are viewed by early childhood educators and administrators throughout the world.
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