A faculty member since 1979, Frances Stott served as Erikson’s dean from 1993 to 2007 and interim president of internal affairs from June to December 2013. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, and currently focuses her teaching and research on parent-child relationships and social-emotional development through the life span.

She is a member of the Scholastic National Early Childhood Advisory Board and the Educational Foundation of America Board. She is co-editor of What Children Can Tell Us (Jossey-Bass, 1989), a comprehensive guide to obtaining and assessing information from infants and young children.

Areas of Expertise

Life-span development with a focus on the social-emotional development of young children; parent-child relationships; children and families at risk; children of divorce; infant mental health.


B.A, University of Chicago;
M.A. in educational psychology, University of Chicago;
Ph.D. in educational psychology/child development, Northwestern University

Related Experience

  • Thresholds Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center, Chicago, IL – Research/Clinical Psychologist: Mother’s Project, NIMH Research and Demonstration Program for Mentally Ill Mothers and Their Young Children, 1979-1981
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL – Instructor: Early Childhood, 1979
  • Pritzker Children’s Psychiatric Hospital and School, Chicago, IL – Learning Disabilities Diagnostician, 1970-1976
  • Pritzker Children’s Psychiatric Hospital and School, Chicago, IL – Teacher, 1966-1968


  • Director, The Educational Foundation of America, Westport, Connecticut, 1997-2001; 2005-2009
  • Director, Project Match, workforce development program, 2003-present
  • Scholastic National Early Childhood Advisory Board, 2002-2007
  • Parent Magazine Advisory Board, 2004-2006


Parental goals and caregiving strategies in a Latino community.

Recent Publications

Stott, F. & McCollum, J.A. (2008). Healthy Emotional Beginnings: Teaching About Early Relationships. In Winton, P., McCollum, J. & Catlett, C. (Eds.), Practical Approaches to Early Childhood Professional Development: Evidence, Strategies and Resources. Washington, DC: Zero to Three.

Capser, V., Stott, F., Cooper, R., & Finn, C. (Eds). (2003). Culture and Caregiving Goals: Expectations and Conflict. Zero to Three, 23(5).

Stott, F. & Halpern, R. (2003). Listening to the voices of families: Thoughts, hopes and fears in a Latino Community. Zero to Three, 23(5).

Stott, F. (2001). Balancing the Perspectives. Juvenile Justice, 13.

Glink, P., Stott, F., & Eggbeer, L. (2000). Selecting Staff for Infant/Family Programs: Issues and Strategies. Zero to Three, 21.

Stott, F., & Gilkerson, L. (2000). Meeting a Desperate Need: One Man’s Vision of Training for the Infant Family Field. In Osofsky, J.D., & Fitzgerald, H.E., (Eds.), WAIMH Handbook of Infant Mental Health: Early Intervention, Evaluation, and Assessment. New York: Wiley.

Gilkerson, L., & Stott F. (2000). Parent-Child Relationships in Early Intervention With Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities and Their Families. In Zeanah, Jr., C.H. (ed.), Handbook of Infant Mental Health. New York: Guilford.

Stott, F., & Gilkerson, L. (1998). Taking the Long View: Supporting Higher Education on Behalf of Young Children. Zero to Three, 18.

Gilkerson, L., & Stott, F.M. (1998). Listening to the Voices of Families: Learning Through Caregiving Consensus Groups. Zero to Three, 18.


“Children in Foster Care: Developmentally Informed Visitation Plans.” Cook County Juvenile Court, Child Protection Division, Chicago, IL, 2006.

“Children’s Developmental Agendas in the Context of Poverty.” Leadership Greater Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2005.

“Caregiver Goals and Societal Expectations: Perspectives from the Four-College Consortium.” NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2002.

“Teacher Education.” Scholastic Annual Meeting, New York, New York, 2002.

“Who Safeguards the Child’s Best Interest?” Loyola University Chicago Child Law Center, Children’s Summer Institute, Chicago, IL, 2001.

“Child Development Guidelines for Visitation for Children of Divorce.” Loyola University Chicago Child Law Center, Children’s Summer Institute, Chicago, IL, 2001.

“Interviewing Children at Three Developmental Levels.” State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division, Child Representative Seminar, Chicago, IL, 2001.

“Family Preservation/Severing Family Ties.” Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health Seminar, Chicago, Illinois. With A. Weinberg, 2001.

“Strategies that Support Facilitating Healthy Parent-Child Relationships.” Fifth Annual Head Start and Child Care Birth to Three Institute, Washington, DC, 2001.

“Child Development: Interviewing Children and Visitation Issues.” State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division, Child Representative Seminar, Chicago, IL, 2000.

“Early Development and Parenting.” Early Head Start Training Institute, Washington, DC, 1999.