About Us

CECER-DLL Leadership Team

  • Dina C. Castro, MPH, PhD: Principal Investigator & Director
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Carol Scheffner Hammer, PhD: Co-Principal Investigator
    Temple University
  • Linda Espinosa, PhD: Co-Principal Investigator
    University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Eugene Garcia, PhD: Co-Principal Investigator
    Arizona State University
  • Margaret Burchinal, PhD: Senior Statistician
    Unviersity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

CECER-DLL Investigators, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Cristina Gillanders, PhD: Investigator
  • Ximena Franco, PhD: Investigator
  • Marta Sanchez, PhD: Project Manager/Investigator

Federal Partners from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF),
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE)

  • Wendy DeCourcey, PhD
    Program Officer
  • Ann C. Rivera, PhD
    Program Specialist
  • Ivelisse Martinez-Beck, PhD
    Child Care Research Coordinator
  • Mary Bruce Webb, PhD
    Director, Division of Child and Family Development

Office of Head Start

  • Sharon E. Yandian, MEd
    Early Language Specialist, Educational Development and Partnership Division

Core Research Advisors

  • Allison Fuligini, PhD
    California State University
  • Vera Gutierrez-Clellen, PhD
    San Diego State University
  • Lisa Lopez, PhD
    University of South Florida
  • Julia Mendez, PhD
    University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Technical Work Group (TWG)

  • Sally Atkins-Burnett, PhD
    Mathematica Policy Research
  • Natasha Cabrera, PhD
    University of Maryland, College Park
  • David Francis, PhD
    University of Houston
  • Fred Genesee, PhD
    McGill University
  • Claude Goldenberg, PhD
    Stanford University
  • Kris Gutierrez, PhD
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Tamara Halle, PhD
    Child Trends
  • Erika Hoff, PhD
    Florida Atlantic University
  • Mariela Páez, EdD
    Boston College
  • Barbara Pearson, PhD
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Elizabeth Peña, PhD
    University of Texas, Austin
  • Barbara Rogoff, PhD
    University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Sylvia Sánchez, EdD
    George Mason University
  • Paul Spicer, PhD
    University of Oklahoma
  • Patton Tabors, EdD
    Harvard Graduate School of Education (ret.)
  • Adam Winsler, PhD
    George Mason University
    Child Research Evaluation Data and Information Technology Services (CREDITS), LC
  • Martha Zaslow, PhD
    Child Trends
    Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
  • Marlene Zepeda, PhD
    California State University

Administrative Support

  • Jeannette Laboy
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill