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Jessica E. Whittaker

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Jessica E. Whittaker
Phone: 434-243-4905
Location: Ruffner Hall 248
Department: CASTL; Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education
Mailing Address: PO Box 800784, Charlottesville, VA 22904

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Research Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2008
  • B.A., Duke University, 2000

Personal Statement

My primary research interests lie in examining the association between early teacher-child relationship quality and children’s academic and social-emotional outcomes.  In particular, my work focuses on the development of supports for teachers to enhance their social and instructional interactions with children.  I am involved in several research efforts to test the efficacy of interventions designed to improve the quality of early teacher-child interactions as a way to support children’s academic and social-emotional development.


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