Doré R. LaForett

Doré R. LaForett
Advanced Research Scientist
Bypass, Room 419
Campus Box 8180
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8180

Doré R. LaForett, Ph.D., is an Advanced Research Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Dr. LaForett’s research on young children’s school readiness and mental health spans the promotion, prevention, and treatment continuum. This continuum is reflected in her work on evaluating state pre-kindergarten programs, examining the experiences of young children and families participating in Head Start, and testing the use of tiered instructional approaches in pre-kindergarten settings. She is also interested in how family context shapes children’s development and mental health. Dr. LaForett’s work has focused on low-income and ethnic/language minority populations, and she has been involved in several research projects and initiatives focused on young dual language learners and their families. Her research activities are informed by her experiences providing clinical services to children and families targeting externalizing and internalizing behaviors and developmental disabilities across school, community, and health care settings.

Dr. LaForett has been a co-leader for FPG's strategic area on Race, Ethnicity, Linguistic, and Cultural Diversity and is a member of FPG's Race, Culture, and Ethnicity Committee. She has served as a founding member and peer-elected officer of the Society for Research in Child Development’s Latino Caucus, and has been a panel reviewer for the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as the SRCD and National Head Start research conferences. She has served on the task force responsible for revising the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development. Dr. LaForett is also a licensed psychologist in the state of North Carolina.

Areas of Expertise:
Social-Emotional and Behavioral Interventions
School Readiness
Parent-Child Interactions
Race, Culture, and Ethnicity
Dual Language Learners
Children Living in Poverty
• PhD, Clinical Psychology, Temple University
• MA, Clinical-Community Psychology, University of South Carolina
• BA, Psychology, Spanish, University of Denver