Areas of Specialization: Socio-cultural Influences on Development; High Risk Populations; Minority Populations: Infant Development; Mother-Infant Interactions
Presently, my scholarship is largely focused on the role of race and ethnicity on children's development. It is my position that much of our prevalent theoretical and empirical work falls short in delineating the mechanisms by which contextual forces influence families and children of color. Specifically, I have been working on the role of culture, acculturation, and different sources of oppression (i.e., poverty, racism, and discrimination) in shaping human development.
Cynthia García Coll is the Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor of Education, Psychology and Pediatrics at Brown University. She has published on the sociocultural and biological influences on child development with particular emphasis on at-risk and minority populations. She has been on the editorial boards of many academic journals, including Child Development, Development and Psychopathology, Infant Behavior and Development, Infancy and Human Development and is the current Editor of Developmental Psychology. She was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Network: "Successful Pathways Through Middle Childhood" from 1994-2002. García Coll has co-edited several books: The Psychosocial Development of Puerto Rican Women; Puerto Rican Women and Children: Issues in Health, Growth and Development; Mothering Against the Odds: Diverse Voices of Contemporary Mothers; and Nature and Nurture: The Complex Interplay of Genetic and Environmental Influences on Human Behavior and Development. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association.
CYNTHIA GARCIA COLL, PHD, MA
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