Manica F. Ramos

Senior Research Scientist II

Areas of Expertise

Literature Reviews and Syntheses, Applied Research, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods and Analyses, Program Evaluation

Education & certification

Ph.D., Applied Developmental Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Manica F. Ramos

Senior Research Scientist II, Bethesda, MD

Manica Ramos is a developmental psychologist who conducts mixed methods research. Her research focuses on early care and education programs, specifically, parental engagement, assessing the quality of parent-teacher relationships, understanding and measuring cultural sensitivity and parental empowerment, and conducting evaluations of early care and education interventions. She also focuses on the Latino community, she has examined how Latino cultural values and belief shape Latinos’ behaviors related to: parental engagement in their young children’s learning and development; teens and young adults’ access to and use of family planning services and their contraceptive behaviors; and union formation and stability among young couples. She is also interested in facilitators and barriers to service access and use among Latinos. Manica conducts research in English and Spanish and has expertise in survey development and design, survey question wording, focus groups and cognitive interviewing, and semi-structured and structured interviews.