Tyler Watts is joining the faculty of Columbia Teachers College as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development.
Watts, who received his PhD in Education from UCI in 2017, has been a Research Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Scholar in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development at New York University, where he studied educational interventions designed to promote the cognitive and socio-emotional development of children from underserved communities. Much of his work has focused on preschool programs, and he has published critical research examining the role that early academic interventions can play in shaping children’s long-term developmental outcomes.
Watts is Co-PI of the Chicago School Readiness Project, a prospective, longitudinal, study following a cohort of ethnic-minority children living in inner-city Chicago. With this project, Watts is overseeing an effort to understand the long-term effects of an early childhood intervention program that promoted the early self-regulation and school readiness skills of children growing up in severely disadvantaged communities.
In 2018, Watts was lead author of an article, co-written with Distinguished Professor Greg Duncan and student Haonan Quan, that re-examined the well-known marshmallow study, generating national coverage of delayed gratification research: "Revisiting the Marshmallow Test: A Conceptual Replication Investigating Links Between Early Delay of Gratification and Later Outcomes."
His work has been published in American Psychologist, Psychological Science, Child Development, Educational Researcher and The Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness.