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Terri Sabol Receives Early Career Fellowship

IPR associate studies how schools and families lead to healthy child development


Terri Sabol
Terri Sabol was named an early career fellow by the American Educational Research Association and the Society for Research on Child Development.

Developmental psychologist and IPR associate Terri Sabol, whose research focuses on how schools and families lead to healthy child development, was selected as one of 22 early career fellows by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD).

Sabol, assistant professor in the Human Development and Social Policy program, leads the Development, Early Education, and Policy (DEEP) Lab at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. The inaugural group of fellows will research issues at the intersection of early childhood development topics and education and receive support from both research organizations, senior scholars, and a network of their peers.

She applies developmental theory, psychological measurement and advanced quantitative methods to pressing social policy issues that affect low-income children and families. In particular, she focuses on improving early childhood education; and increasing families’ human capital, including parent education, employment, and income.

Last year Sabol launched an innovative 10-week undergraduate course “Crafting Child Policy,” which culminated with formal presentations to policy makers at the Illinois Governor’s office in Chicago.

She also recently published research that suggests children play a key role in making early education successful

The joint AERA-SRCD initiative is designed to build a pipeline of scholars with integrative interests and expertise at the nexus of child development and formal/informal education and learning in their broader social context.

Down the road, each group of fellows will focus on different aspects, such as the middle school education years. Learn more about the joint initiative on the AERA website

Terri Sabol is assistant professor of human development and social policy and an IPR associate.

This article was originally published by the School of Education and Social Policy.