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Empirical Forum of Social Sciences (Session 12): Early Childhood Development

Lecturer:Alessandra Schneider



Venue:Academichall (first floor),WenLan building,International Business School,Chang'an Campus

Hosted by:Center for Experimental Economics in Education

About the Lecture:

Dr. Schneider will focus on presenting two observational parenting measures developed in North America and which have been adapted and tested in less-developed countries. Given the public health importance of early responsivity to child development, and considering that interventions aimed at enhancing parental responsivity could augment the well-being of disadvantaged children, there is a need to count on culturally appropriate screening tools. Dr. Schneider will present the recommended steps in the cross-cultural adaptation of instruments.

Profile of the Lecturer:

Alessandra Schneider, a Brazilian psychologist, obtained a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in 2018. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the same department. Her areas of expertise are parenting across cultures, observational measures to assess parent/caregiver-child interaction, and cross-cultural adaptation of instruments. Dr. Schneider has worked with UNESCO (2001-2009); Brazilian National Council of Secretaries of Health, CONASS (2010-2018); and has collaborated with UNICEF, the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard, the Bernard van Leer Foundation, and the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development. She has eighteen years’experience on policy and program design of early childhood programs in Brazil, starting with the PIM–a home visiting program for high-risk families that led to the National Happy Child Program.

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