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November 14, 2023
More than 40 years ago, veteran FPG investigators Thelma Harms, PhD, and Richard M. Clifford, PhD, set out to understand what it is young children truly need to succeed. Their time-tested research and extensive observations led to the publication of the ECERS, a research-based instrument to assess the comprehensive quality of early childhood programs for children ages 3 through 5. Now a new team of authors will take up the mantle to produce ECERS-4.
desiree murray
November 9, 2023
After taking her first psychology class in high school, Desiree Murray, PhD, knew that a career as a psychologist was in her future. Before becoming a faculty fellow at FPG and senior research scientist at the UNC Center of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Murray served as the associate director for research at FPG. Prior to that time, she spent nearly two decades in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke, with particular expertise in ADHD.
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November 7, 2023
The UNC Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is pleased to announce its new External Advisory Board. This new board will serve in a consultative capacity providing expertise and counsel relevant to the Institute’s work, with a special focus on four strategic research initiatives. The board will also contribute to the Institute’s North Carolina state engagement efforts.
Shauna Cooper
November 2, 2023
Developmental psychologist Shauna Cooper, PhD, a professor in UNC’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, is devoted to promoting well-being among young people and to facilitating racial equity. She serves as a faculty fellow at FPG and the director of UNC’s Strengths, Assets, and Resilience (StAR) Lab, which uses culturally relevant conceptual and theoretical frameworks to study positive development among African American adolescents and youth.