Erikson faculty are available to speak to reporters on a range of issues in child development and education.

Topics include:

  • Federal education policy
  • Universal preschool
  • Infant mental health
  • Culture in child development and education
  • Credentialing of teachers
  • PreK–3 schools
  • Child and family policy
  • Bilingual education
  • Early math
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Literacy and numeracy
  • Testing and assessment
  • Recruitment of nontraditional candidates to the field of education


Consult the list below for more topics of expertise. To reach any faculty member, contact Jeff Strayer at (312) 893-7109 or [email protected].

Faculty experts

Geoffrey A. Nagle, Ph.D.
Irving and Neison Harris President’s Chair
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Economic benefits of prevention
Influence of early childhood research on public policy

Barbara T. Bowman, M.A.
Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development

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Assessment of children’s learning
Bilingual education
Chicago Public Schools
Child care
Early childhood education
Education of poor and minority children
Moral development of children
Recruitment and retention of teachers
Role of grandparents
State and federal education policies
Teacher education
Technology in the public schools
Training of early childhood professionals
Universal preschool

Margret Nickels, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Children and Families

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International adoption
Trauma and loss
Attachment and bonding
Separation anxiety
Transition into/out of home care or school
Bedtime and sleep
Peer relationships
Children and television

Jie-Qi Chen, Ph.D., Professor
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Assessment of children’s learning
Cognitive development
Computers in the classroom
Early education
Early numeracy and math instruction
Implications and applications of multiple intelligences theory
Role of culture in a child’s development
Teacher education and professional development

Linda Gilkerson, Ph.D., Professor
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Brain development
Early intervention
Fussy babies
High-risk children in hospital settings
Infant mental health

Robert Halpern, Ph.D., Professor
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After-school programs
Child and family policy
Early childhood intervention in developing countries
High school apprenticeship programs
History of services
Literacy in non-school settings
Parenting support programs
Prevention of child abuse and neglect
Program evaluation
Research on social theory
Services for families living in poverty

Jon Korfmacher, Ph.D., Associate Professor
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Child abuse and neglect
Education and licensing of infant mental health practitioners
Emotional development
Infant mental health
Treatment processes in early childhood interventions

Gillian Dowley McNamee, Ph.D., Professor
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Assessment of children’s learning
Child care
Early literacy development
Educational programs for preschool and school-aged children
Family literacy
Language development
Learning disabled children
Parent-teacher relations
Role of the arts in early education
Scripted instruction
Teacher education and professional development

Luisiana Meléndez, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor
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Assessment in early childhood
Bilingual education
Teacher education and professional development

Amanda Moreno, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
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Toxic stress
Executive function and self-regulation
Social-emotional learning
Teacher-child relationships
Child care quality
Mindfulness in education

Aisha Ray, Ph.D., Professor
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Bilingual education
Development of children in multigenerational caregiving families in urban communities
Parenting roles in unmarried, low-income couples
Role of fathers in African American families
Training early childhood professionals to work effectively in multicultural settings

Sharon Syc, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor
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Brain development
Developmental psychology
Early intervention
Infant development
Special education
Teacher education