Ph.D. alumna Wendy Ochoa has accepted a postdoctoral researcher position at Tufts University. She will be working on the Readiness through Integrative Science and Engineering (RISE) project.
Led by Christine McWayne and Jayanthi Mistry at Tufts University and colleagues, Daryl Greenfield from the University of Miami, Betty Zan at the University of Northern Iowa, and Kimberly Brenneman at the Heising-Simons Foundation (and formerly, the National Institute of Early Education Research – NIEER), the RISE project focuses upon developing ecologically valid, culturally relevant integrative preschool curriculum components and home-school collaboration to support young dual language learners’ (DLL) school success.
Wendy's research interests are broadly focused on understanding how factors such as socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, language, media, and the home environment influence parenting and child development among families with young children from ethnic minorities, particularly Latino parents. She further aims to utilize this research to provide socioeconomically and linguistically diverse parents with a set of culturally sensitive tools that empowers and supports them in fostering their children’s bilingual language development and academic success.
While a Ph.D. student, Wendy was advised by Associate Professor Stephanie Reich.