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Holly Hatton
Policy Fellow

Holly Hatton, Ph.D. Title: Associate Professor; Early Childhood Extension Specialist Department:Child, Youth & Family Studies College/Organization: Education & Human Sciences Campus: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Research Type:
  • Applied
  • Translational Science
Age Group:
  • Prenatal
  • Infant
  • Toddlers
  • Preschool/Pre-kindergarten
Population Focus
  • Parents/Families
  • ECE Practitioners/Teachers
  • ECE Supervisors/Administrators
  • Professional Development Providers/Trainers
  • Policymakers
  • Low Income Populations
Research Keywords
  • Reflective practices
  • Contemplative practices, (mindfulness, yoga)
  • Health and well-being of teachers, parents, and young children
  • Professional development of early childhood professionals
  • Coaching
Research Questions
  • What are the roles of reflective and contemplative practices in reducing stress, promoting well-being and responsive care among early childhood professionals and parents?
  • What factors contribute to children receiving quality child care and learning experiences during early childhood (0-5 years) among vulnerable families?
  • How do contemplative practices relate to children's development of self-regulation during early childhood (0-5 years)?
Research Approach
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative methods
Designs & Methods
  • Experimental
  • Interventions
  • Longitudinal Study
  • Measurement Development
  • Observational Approaches
  • Psychometry/Psychometrics
  • Quasi-Experimental
  • Small group/single case
Research Tools
  • Direct Child Assessments
  • Interviews/Focus
  • Observational Assessments
  • Psychobiological Assessment
  • Surveys/Questionnaires
  • Video Footage