Diana Leyva, PhD
Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Davidson College
Thursday, April 5th
1:30 - 2:30 PM
1220 Benjamin Building
Dr. Diana Leyva's research focuses on child development and early childhood education. She is interested in how culture shapes the relation between what adults do and how children develop. In particular, she studies how parents and teachers foster the development of children's language, literacy, numeracy and socioemotional abilities. Dr. Leyva works with minority communities including Latino, African American and Chinese families living in the U.S. and abroad. Before coming to Davidson College in 2013, she worked at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child for several years and has taught at Williams College and Mount Holyoke College.
Dr. Leyva is the Program Director of Un Buen Comienzo (A Good Start), a cluster randomized evaluation of a professional development intervention for prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers in Santiago, Chile. She is currently collaborating with Dr. Catherine Tamis-LeMonda and Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa at New York University in the MetroBaby Project, on a longitudinal study of low-income minority families in New York City. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Cognition and Development. Dr. Leyva has published in peer-reviewed journals including First Language, Reading and Writing, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy and Early Education and Development.