Dr. Natasha Cabrera in lab with students

Family Involvement Laboratory (FIL)

About Us


The Family Involvement Laboratory is directed by Natasha Cabrera, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, and an affiliate of the Maryland Population Research Center. Dr. Cabrera's research interests include father involvement and child development, immigrant families, poverty/welfare, and the intersection of research and policy. Current research conducted by Dr. Cabrera and her students examines the child-rearing experiences and life histories of a diverse sample of mothers and fathers and their impact on children's developmental trajectories as well as the impact that parent involvement has on children's school experience.