VIRGINIA D. ALLHUSEN is a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, School of Social Ecology, the University of California at Irvine. She earned a B. S. at Duke University and a M. A. and Ph. D. at Cornell University. She is a Co-Principal Investigator on the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Allhusen's research interests include children's attachment relationships with parents and other care providers, daycare quality and its effects on social development, and the social networks of young children and their families.
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NAOMI BARENDS is a doctoral student in child clinical psychology at the Pennsylvania State University. She is a graduate of Brown University (B. A. ), and she received her M. Sc. at the Pennsylvania State University. She is a student affiliate of the Society for Research in Child Development and the American Psychological Association. Her professional interests include the effects of personality disorders and normal personality on parenting and child development as well as clinical work with both children and adults.
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KATHRYN E. BARNARD is Professor of Nursing and Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Affiliate of the Center for Human Development and Disability at the University of Washington. She received her B. S. in Nursing from the University of Nebraska and her M. S. in Maternal Child Nursing from Boston University; she earned her Ph. D. in the Ecology of Early Development at the University of Washington. The theme of Barnard's research has been on parenting and child outcomes. She is the author of the NCAST scales to evaluate parentchild interaction. She has served on numerous boards including Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants and Children, The Carnegie Task Force on Meeting the Needs of Young Children; the Department of Health and Human Services' Secretary's Committee on the Design of Early Head Start, the Washington Governor's Commission on Early Learning, and the Washington Foundation for Early Learning. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Infant Mental Health Journal and the Journal of Scholarly Nursing Practice.
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JAY BELSKY, Director of the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues and Professor of Psychology, Birkbeck University of London, received his B. A. from Vassar College and his M. S. and Ph. D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University. He was previously on the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University. Belsky's interests focus on the intersection of child development, family