Ximena Franco

Ximena Franco
Ximena Franco
Advanced Research Scientist
Sheryl-Mar North, Room 155
Campus Box 8040
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8040

Dr. Ximena Franco is an Advanced Research Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. She has more than 15 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.

Dr. Franco is involved in various projects at FPG. She serves as a Co-Principal Investigator on a study examining associations between language of instruction and young children's academic outcomes in Spanish-English dual language educational settings and Co-I on the Early Learning Network (ELN) study examining malleable factors associated with children’s school readiness and achievement as they transition from pre-K to 3rd grade funded by IES. She has 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 (NICHD), a randomized controlled trial (RCT) to test the efficacy of a professional development intervention for teachers of DLLs in preschool programs.

Dr. Franco’s work involves policies and practices related to state quality rating and improvement systems for early childhood. She also serves as the PI on the North Carolina Statewide Birth-5 Needs Assessment project. She served 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 served as Co-PI on the evaluation of North Carolina’s Quality Rating Improvement System.

Dr. Franco serves as a member of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Communications Advisory Board.

Areas of Expertise:
Dual Language Learners
School Readiness
Social-Emotional and Behavioral Interventions
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems
Race, Culture, and Ethnicity
Curriculum Vitae:
• PhD, Life Span Developmental Psychology, Florida International University