Monday, Jan. 13, 2020
Dr. Kelly Escobar is a Postdoctoral Researcher working with Dr. Carol Scheffner Hammer. Dr. Escobar leads the Exceptional Coaching for Early Language and Literacy (ExCELL) intervention project, which provides high-quality, evidence-based coaching and professional development to preschool teaching teams and educates teachers on strategies to support children’s language and literacy skills, particularly for dual-language learners. Dr. Escobar received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from New York University in 2019 under the mentorship of Dr. Gigliana Melzi and Dr. Catherine Tamis-LeMonda. Her dissertation investigated the contextual factors that shape Latino children’s home learning environments from infancy to age two years, focusing on how fathers, siblings, and other family members contribute to children’s language environments. Dr. Escobar’s primary research interests include bilingual language development within culture and context, and bridging the gap between research and education policy.