Arya Ansari

Postdoctoral Research Associate


  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2016
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin, 2013
  • B.A., George Mason University, 2011

Arya's research program is focused on understanding how contextual factors influence the early development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, with the aim of informing policies and intervention programs that can benefit such children. Arya has previously worked on projects examining: 1) the utilization and benefits of early care and education programs for low-income and minority children; 2) the importance of parent engagement in early childhood programs; and 3) the role of children in shaping their own home and school experiences.

Recent Publications


Ansari, A., López, M. L., Manfra, L., Bleiker, C., Dinehart, L. H. B., Hartman, S. C. & Winsler, A. (in press). Differential third grade outcomes associated with attending publicly funded preschool programs for low-income, Latino children. Child Development.

Ansari, A., & Gershoff, E. T. (2016). Parent involvement in Head Start and children's development: Indirect effects through parenting. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78, 562-579. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12266

Ansari, A., Purtell, K. M., & Gershoff, E. T. (2016). Classroom age composition and the school readiness of 3- and 4-year-olds in the Head Start program. Psychological Science, 27, 53-63. doi: 10.1177/0956797615610882

Ansari, A., & Crosnoe, R. (2015) Children's elicitation of changes in parenting during the early childhood years. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 32, 139-149. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2015.03.005