During her undergraduate years, Deborah’s research at the Cornell Infant Studies Lab focused on the impact of language and play experiences on children’s spatial development. As head research assistant for an intervention study on parent engagement, she worked with families around Tompkins County and Harlem, New York City, examining the impact of socioeconomic differences. She was also a research assistant at the Eleanor J. Gibson Laboratory of Developmental Psychology, studying infant-caregiver interactions and early social development.
Prior to joining Child Trends, Deborah worked as an after-school counselor for K through 5 children. Her research interests include early education and intervention – specifically addressing the impact of race and socioeconomic status – as well as developmental and learning disorders in children.