Jessica E. Whittaker

Research Assistant Professor


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

My primary research interests lie in examining the association between early teacher-child interactions and children's academic and social-emotional outcomes. In particular, my work focuses on understanding the inter-connections among and supporting young children’s executive function, mathematics, and science skills, particularly for those from underserved and underrepresented groups. 

Currently I am involved in several research efforts to develop and test the efficacy of interventions that include curricula, online coursework, and coaching, designed to improve the quality of early teacher-child interactions and instruction as a way to support children's EF, math, and science knowledge and skills. I am also engaged in efforts to develop valid and reliable measures of classroom processes that relate to children’s development in these areas.