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Faculty & Research

Courtney N. Baker | Associate Professor | Program Director 
Ph.D., 2010, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Dr. Baker’s research is focused on better understanding and facilitating the translation of effective prevention and intervention programs into community settings serving young children.  Her work is grounded in a community-based participatory research approach.

Michael Cunningham | Professor
Ph.D., 1994, Emory University

Professor Cunningham also holds a joint appointment in Tulane's African & Diaspora Studies Program. Professor Cunningham's primary research interests include examining adolescent development in diverse contexts. Specifically, he examines how African American children and adolescents develop proactive and reactive coping styles.

Sarah Gray | Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2013, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Dr. Gray's research program is focused on relational and contextual risk and protective factors that contribute to young children's psychosocial and educational adjustment, with a particular emphasis on violence and trauma.

Jeffrey Lockman | Professor
Ph.D., 1980, University of Minnesota

Professor Lockman's research interests center on early perceptual and cognitive development, particularly the emergence of early spatial abilities.

Julie Markant | Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2010, University of Minnesota

Dr. Markant's research focuses on infant learning, selective attention, and neuroscience.

Bonnie K. Nastasi | Professor
Ph.D., 1986, Kent State University

Dr. Nastasi's research focuses on culturally appropriate health promotion and health risk prevention programming for child, adolescent and adult populations

Stacy Overstreet | Professor
Ph.D., 1995, Tulane University

Professor Overstreet's research interests include the examination of risk and resiliency in a variety of contexts, including children at-risk for negative developmental outcomes due to poverty, exposure to community violence, and chronic illness.

Kim Sherman | Senior Professor of Practice
Ph.D., 2008, Univeristy of Rhode Island

Dr. Sherman is interested in school-based academic and behavior risk prevention and intervention services.  She focuses on data-based decision-making within a multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) framework.

Alexandra Sims | Professor of Practice
Ph.D., 2015, Tulane University

Dr. Sims is interested in psychological assessment, developmental psychopathology, and stress and trauma. 

Associated Faculty

David M. Corey, Ph.D., Senior Professor of Practice

Jill Daniel, Ph.D., Professor

Gary P. Dohanich, Professor

Laurie O'Brien, Ph.D., Associate Professor