Maya Cook works in the early childhood development research area. During her undergraduate career, Maya worked as a research assistant in a psychological research laboratory. Here she provided support on two longitudinal studies involving jail inmates in order to enhance inmate’s post-release adjustment. She studied factors such as psychological functioning, institutional adjustment, treatment involvement, and post-release outcomes. She also conducted clinical interviews on former and current inmates.
Prior to joining Child Trends, Maya was an autism behavior counselor and provided services to children and their families using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) principles on an intensive basis. Her research interests include the effects of family engagement on the treatment of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.