Jessica E. Whittaker

Research Associate Professor

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

Jessica Whittaker's primary research interests lie in examining the association between early teacher-child interactions and children's academic and social-emotional outcomes. In particular, her 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, she is 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. She is also engaged in efforts to develop valid and reliable measures of classroom processes that relate to children’s development in these areas.


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