Faculty Associate

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Yvette Harris, Program Coordinator, Professor
Department of Psychology

Psychology Bldg, 210

Harris Research Interests

For several years, my research has been grounded in the theoretical perspective of Vygotsky, and explored the environmental contributions to cognitive development by examining the strategies that mothers use as they engage their children in a learning activity, exploring how those strategies correlate with young children's problem solving and cognitive competence, investigating how their strategies vary according to maternal beliefs, task, and task demands, and examining at what point in time do young children benefit from parental teaching/learning interactions.The research has been supported by National Science Foundation, Miami University, the Murray Center and Proctor and Gamble. Currently, I have a new line of research focusing on the challenges of family reunification as parents return from prison.