Maryssa Kucskar Mitsch, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Special Education at San Francisco State University. Her primary teaching responsibilities and research interests include promotion of inclusive practices, working with families, teacher preparation, social skills development, and early intervention. She is also interested in strategies for effective teacher preparation and ongoing professional development. She draws inspiration from her previous work as an early childhood special education teacher and instructional coach.
Kalli Decker, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education & Child Services at Montana State University. Kalli’s research focuses on infants and toddlers with special needs and their families who receive early intervention services. In her work with researchers across the county as part of the Collaborative for Understanding the Pedagogy of Infant/toddler Development (CUPID), Kalli also seeks to better understand preservice early childhood students and what influences their knowledge, attitudes, and skills.
Sandra Ixa Plata-Potter, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina, Department of Education, teaching non- traditional students in the Early Childhood Education program. Research experience includes Latino families with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The core of her research interest centers on parental engagement. She is cognizant of the fact that the individual culture of families plays a pivotal role in how parents engage in their child’s development. She is also aware that the definition of culture extends further than one’s ethnicity, the propensity of intergenerational academic deficits, and how parental funds of knowledge are relevant to the nature and extent of parental engagement.
Holly Brophy-Herb is a Professor of Child Development at Michigan State University. She holds an infant mental health endorsement and is Editor of the Infant Mental Health Journal. Dr. Brophy-Herb’s research program focuses on parents’/caregivers’ emotion socialization practices and toddlers’ early social and emotional development in the context of parent/caregiver child relationships. She is particularly interested in how emotion socialization practices are related to adult psychosocial characteristics (including mental health), reflective capacities, and contextual characteristics including family and early childhood education settings.
Claire Vallotton, PhD, is Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. She conducts translational research to improve the quality of training for the early child care and education workforce and provide families with effective tools that support their children’s development of social-emotional and communication skills. Dr. Vallotton is the founding coordinator of the Collaborative for Understanding the Pedagogy of Infant/toddler Development (CUPID), a cross-university scholarship of teaching and learning effort to improve the preparation of the early childhood workforce. She has been awarded the New Investigator Award from the World Association of Infant Mental Health and was named an Exceptional Emerging Leader in child care research from ChildCare Exchange.
Martha J. Buell is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Director of the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC), and a member of the Early Childhood Education faculty at the University of Delaware. Much of her research and policy work centers on improving the quality of early care and education programs, especially for infants and toddlers, young children living in poverty, and those from multilingual and multicultural backgrounds.