Brenda Miranda is a researcher in early childhood development. Brenda is an applied developmental psychologist who has conducted numerous mixed-method research studies and evaluations that examine the extent to which programs and policies promote children’s development. Through this work, Brenda has promoted the use of data for programmatic decisions across a diverse set of organizations ranging from countywide social programs to government agencies, such as the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
Brenda has integrated her knowledge in developmental psychology, research, policy, and evaluation to promote the use of research in practice, with the ultimate goal of strengthening programs aimed at improving the lives of children and families. She is committed to promoting organizational capacity building and the use of implementation science, engaging diverse stakeholders in discussions around informed decision-making, and translating and facilitating the use of research findings. Currently, her work is focused on improving quality in early childcare and education programs and promoting children’s early development. She is particularly interested in supporting programs and investments aimed at fostering the early development of disadvantaged children.