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Jessica Matthews, Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Rudd Adoption Research Program

The Rudd Adoption Research Program is excited to welcome Dr. Jessica Matthews as our Postdoctoral Research Scholar! Jessica recently completed her Ph.D. in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts where she worked with Dr. Ellen Pinderhughes. Her dissertation focused on maltreatment in adoptive homes and the legal relinquishment/removal and subsequent readoption of previously adopted children. Her general research interests concern both domestically and internationally adopted children, child foster care, ethnic-racial socialization, identity development and adoptee advocacy. We look forward to having Jessica on our team!

International Perspectives on Disability

Students attended a two-week study abroad trip to Ireland led by Ashley Woodman and Christina Metevier (Faculty in PBS) titled "International Perspectives on Disability". Students met with researchers, educators and advocates at the University College Dublin Centre for Disability Studies, Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disability, and Inclusion Ireland.

Adrian Staub and Lisa Sanders awarded NSF grant, exploring lexical predictability in reading

Adrian Staub (PI) and Lisa Sanders (Co-PI) have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, entitled, "Effects of lexical predictability on parafoveal and foveal processing in reading." It is awarded from 7/1/17-6/30/20, with total costs $457,845.

Kirby Deater-Deckard member of several international research teams

Kirby Deater-Deckard is part of several international teams that are studying the interaction between biological factors and family/peer social environments in cognitive and social-emotional development in childhood and adolescence. The US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (www.bsf.org.il) has just awarded a grant to Dr. Naama Atzaba-Poria of Ben-Gurion University in Israel and Deater-Deckard, to study parenting and sibling relationships following low- and high-risk births of a second child.

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