Steering Committee


Rebecca Brock

Rebecca Brock

Assistant Professor University of Nebraska–Lincoln

220 BURN 402-472-7779 rebecca.brock@unl.edu

Biography

Rebecca Brock


Rebecca Brock’s research is aimed at understanding the development of mood and anxiety disorders, along with other comorbid forms of psychopathology, with an emphasis on the family context and its etiological significance. Her work focuses on couple relationships, applying a multidimensional model of relationship quality to understand functioning across several domains. Her research goals include developing interventions for preventing and treating adult and child psychopathology, and comorbid family dysfunction.

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Carrie Clark

Carrie Clark

Assistant Professor University of Nebraska–Lincoln

241 TEAC 402-472-2248 caron.clark@unl.edu

Biography

Carrie Clark


Carrie Clark’s current research is focused on the development of executive function and self-regulation, particularly in early childhood. She is interested in the implications of socio-familial and perinatal risk for self-regulation and in the links between executive function and academic achievement. She uses neuropsychological testing, neuroimaging and physiological methods in her research.

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Cynthia Cress

Cynthia Cress

Associate Professor University of Nebraska–Lincoln

202F BKC 402-472-4431 ccress1@unl.edu

Biography

Cynthia Cress


Cynthia Cress specializes in language development and disorders, early intervention, and augmentative communication. Her main research activities involve communication assessment intervention for young children with severe disabilities. She is norming new screening and assessment tools for detecting communication risk in infants under 12 months.

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Marc Goodrich

Marc Goodrich

Assistant Professor University of Nebraska–Lincoln

271 BKC 402-472-3810 marc.goodrich@unl.edu

Biography

Marc Goodrich


Marc Goodrich’s research focuses on examining the development of language and literacy skills among children in the United States who speak a language other than English at home, including language-minority children and English-language learners, with a particular focus on native Spanish speakers.

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Soo-Young Hong

Soo-Young Hong

Associate Professor University of Nebraska–Lincoln

241.1 LPH 402-472-3877 shong5@unl.edu

Biography

Soo-Young Hong


Soo-Young Hong focuses on EC professional development in science education and preschool inclusion. She is interested in studying effective ways to engage teachers and children in science learning, and promoting children’s acceptance of peers with disabilities and their teachers’ understanding of children with different levels of abilities.

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Amy Napoli

Amy Napoli

Assistant Professor & Early Childhood Extension Specialist University of Nebraska–Lincoln

231K.1 LPH 402-472-9345 amynapoli@unl.edu

Biography

Amy Napoli


Amy Napoli’s research and extension work focuses on four broad areas:

  • Early childhood education
  • Numeracy development
  • Home learning environments
  • Intervention development and evaluation

She is also interested in the ways that we can use technology (e.g., text messaging) as a tool for delivering programs and supporting caregivers and educators. Amy is currently focusing on developing a home numeracy environment intervention for parents of preschool-aged children. The ultimate goal of her research and extension work is to determine ways to best support parents, care providers, and educators of young children in order to improve child outcomes.

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Anne Schutte

Anne Schutte

Associate Professor University of Nebraska–Lincoln

B81 STE 402-472-1840 aschutte2@unl.edu

Biography

Anne Schutte


Anne Schutte's research focuses on cognitive development in early childhood. She is interested in the role of experience in the development of spatial cognition, examining the development of spatial working memory in early childhood and which experiences influence its development. She is also interested in developmental changes in the neural underpinnings of spatial working memory, using the dynamic field theory in her research.

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Stephanie Wessels

Stephanie Wessels

Associate Professor University of Nebraska–Lincoln

61C HENZ 402-472-2231 swessels2@unl.edu

Biography

Stephanie Wessels


Stephanie Wessels’ coursework, research, and teaching has focused on literacy development for young second language readers for the past several years.

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Sarah Zuckerman

Sarah Zuckerman

Assistant Professor University of Nebraska–Lincoln

61C HENZ 402-472-2231 swessels2@unl.edu

Biography

Sarah Zuckerman


Sarah Zuckerman’s research focuses primarily on place-based multi-sector partnerships for simultaneous education and community renewal. She has special interests in Early Childhood Education, Rural Schools and Communities.

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Advisory Board


Megan Adkins-Bollwit

Megan Adkins-Bollwit

Associate Professor University of Nebraska at Kearney

133 CUSH 308-865-8727 adkinsmm@unk.edu

Biography

Megan Adkins-Bollwit


Megan Adkins-Bollwit focuses on adaptive and mainstream physical education. She conducts research in the areas of teacher preparation, physical education, physical activity, technology integration and diverse populations.

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Juan Casas

Juan Casas

Associate Professor University of Nebraska Omaha

347U ASH 402-554-2548 jcasas@unomaha.edu

Biography

Juan Casas


Juan Casas’ research specializes in relational aggression and victimization, peer relationships and friendships. He serves as director of the Developmental Psychology program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Danae Dinkel

Danae Dinkel

Assistant Professor University of Nebraska Omaha

207Q HPER 402-554-3259 dmdinkel@unomaha.edu

Biography

Danae Dinkel


Danae Dinkel is passionate about developing and evaluating evidence-based physical activity programs, as well as identifying factors that impact children’s ability to live a physically active lifestyle. Her research interests are physical activity promotion in underserved populations, community-based initiatives for improving physical activity and the impact of physical activity on motor and cognitive skills development.

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Wayne Fisher

Wayne Fisher

Professor University of Nebraska Medical Center

985450 Nebraska Medical Center 402-559-8863 wfisher@unmc.edu

Biography

Wayne Fisher


Wayne Fisher’s research focuses on several intersecting lines, including preference, choice, and the assessment and treatment of autism and severe behavior disorders. His research has been notable for the creative use of concurrent schedules of reinforcement, which have become more commonplace in clinical research.

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Kate Gallagher

Kate Gallagher

Director of Research and Evaluation Buffett Early Childhood Institute

BECI 402-554-6505 kgallagher@nebraska.edu

Biography

Kate Gallagher


Kate Gallagher’s work focuses on developing applied research and evaluation studies involving children from birth to Grade 3, their families and the early childhood professionals who care for and teach young children. Gallagher has more than 30 years’ experience as an early childhood professional and educational psychologist, including teaching, home visiting and leading early childhood programs in early intervention and inclusive preschools.

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Amanda Garrett

Amanda Garrett

Research Assistant Professor Buffett Early Childhood Institute

BECI 402-554-6507 agarrett@nebraska.edu

Biography

Amanda Garrett


Amanda Garrett is a research methodologist who designs research and evaluation projects, collects and analyzes data, offers methodological expertise, and composes research briefs and manuscripts for dissemination. She has experience teaching in the field of early childhood education, as well as field experience overseeing community learning centers.

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Marc Goodrich

Marc Goodrich

Assistant Professor University of Nebraska–Lincoln

271 BKC 402-472-3810 marc.goodrich@unl.edu

Biography

Marc Goodrich


Marc Goodrich’s research focuses on examining the development of language and literacy skills among children in the United States who speak a language other than English at home, including language-minority children and English-language learners, with a particular focus on native Spanish speakers.

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Lisa Knoche

Lisa Knoche

Research Associate Professor University of Nebraska–Lincoln

238 TEAC 402-472-4821 lknoche2@unl.edu

Biography

Lisa Knoche


Lisa Knoche develops, implements and evaluates early childhood intervention and prevention programming. She works closely with researchers and community partners to develop research proposals and implement investigations. Her role includes research administration, data management and analyses, as well as research dissemination. Knoche also directs CYFS' Nebraska Academy for Early Childhood Research.

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Dawn Mollenkopf

Dawn Mollenkopf

Associate Professor University of Nebraska at Kearney

B188 COE 308-865-8362 mollenkopfdl@unk.edu

Biography

Dawn Mollenkopf


Dawn Mollenkopf directs the Early Childhood Unified program and also teaches the Early Childhood specialization in the Curriculum and Instruction Master's program. She has been an active participant in committees focused on policies affecting young children and their families.

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Abbie Raikes

Abbie Raikes

Associate Professor University of Nebraska Medical Center

984365 Nebraska Medical Center 402-559-4325 abbie.raikes@unmc.edu

Biography

Abbie Raikes


Abbie Raikes’ research focuses on early childhood development in high-risk contexts. Her research integrates developmental science with epidemiological methods to measure children’s development across populations. Her work is reflective of many environmental and biological units, and works across various sectors in public health and education.

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Anne Schutte

Anne Schutte

Associate Professor University of Nebraska–Lincoln

B81 STE 402-472-1840 aschutte2@unl.edu

Biography

Anne Schutte


Anne Schutte's research focuses on cognitive development in early childhood. She is interested in the role of experience in the development of spatial cognition, examining the development of spatial working memory in early childhood and which experiences influence its development. She is also interested in developmental changes in the neural underpinnings of spatial working memory, using the dynamic field theory in her research.

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Personnel


Lisa Knoche

Lisa Knoche

Research Associate Professor University of Nebraska–Lincoln

238 TEAC 402-472-4821 lknoche2@unl.edu

Biography

Lisa Knoche


Lisa Knoche develops, implements and evaluates early childhood intervention and prevention programming. She works closely with researchers and community partners to develop research proposals and implement investigations. Her role includes research administration, data management and analyses, as well as research dissemination. Knoche also directs CYFS' Nebraska Academy for Early Childhood Research.

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Sommer Fousek

Sommer Fousek

Project Coordinator University of Nebraska–Lincoln

239 TEAC 402-472-3743 sfousek2@unl.edu

Biography

Sommer Fousek


Sommer Fousek is the project coordinator for the Early Learning Network Lead project. She develops and maintains cooperative relationships with Network research and assessment teams across the country. She also provides support for collaborative and supplemental activities. Fousek promotes Network research findings to researchers, practitioners and policymakers, and facilitates technical support for preschool development grantees and other early childhood practitioners. Fousek received her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.