Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8180
Dr. Ximena Franco is a Research Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She has more than 10 years of experience in clinical and life-span developmental psychology and applied research. Most of this research experience has been with ethnically diverse children and families within clinic, school, and community settings. She is especially interested in the study of socio-emotional development of preschool-aged dual language learners (DLLs). Her work integrates children's educational and family environments and is aimed at developing culturally robust assessment and intervention strategies for early care and education teachers working with DLLs. Her experience includes proficiency in proposal development, study design and methodology, recruitment, data collection, budget oversight, staff management, data analysis, and dissemination of findings.
Dr. Franco served as Co-PI on the study "Nuestros Niños Program: Promoting School Readiness for English Language Learners" funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to test the efficacy of a professional development intervention for teachers of DLLs in preschool programs. Currently, Dr. Franco’s research involves the development and evaluation of an online module for early childhood teachers working with DLLs. Additionally, Dr. Franco’s work involves policies and practices related to state quality rating and improvement systems for early childhood. She serves as the PI of a project to develop a comprehensive PreK Monitoring System for the Integrated Support for Learning with the Vermont Agency of Education and also as Co-PI on the evaluation of North Carolina’s Quality Rating Improvement System.
Dr. Franco serves as a steering committee member of the Society for Research in Child Development’s Latino Caucus and has also co-led FPG's strategic area on Race, Ethnicity, Linguistic and Cultural Diversity. She has been a panel reviewer for the Administration for Children and Families.
Dual Language Learners
Social-Emotional and Behavioral Interventions
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
Race, Culture, and Ethnicity