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Dr. Esther Leerkes

052913CampusPeople_LeerkesDr. Esther Leerkes (Human Development and Family Studies) received new funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) for the project “Biological and Behavioral Predictors of Early School Success.” The abstract notes, “Children’s success or failure in the early school years is an important predictor of a range of developmental outcomes. Despite our understanding that these predictive relations exist, we know very little about how trajectories of low versus high achievement are produced, particularly with respect to the developmental precursors of early academic skills.”

This award will fund a novel longitudinal biobehavioral study of a diverse sample of 350 children from age 4 to first grade, using a multi-method approach to study trajectories of emotional and cognitive processes and the emergence of academic skills and social skills competence at the transition to school. The abstract concludes, “By understanding the emergence of learning engagement and how it is affected by both child and environmental factors as well as the interaction between them, we can develop more effective intervention approaches to increase academic achievement and support children’s adjustment.”