Diana Leyva

Education

Ph.D. Clark University

Background

My research focuses on child development and early childhood education. I am interested in how culture shapes the relation between what adults do and how children develop. In particular, I study how parents and teachers foster the development of children's language, literacy, numeracy and socioemotional abilities. I work with minority communities including Latino, African American and Chinese families living in the U.S. and abroad. Before coming to Davidson College in 2013, I worked at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child for several years. I previously taught at Williams College and Mount Holyoke College. I was born in Bogota, Colombia and hold a doctoral degree in developmental psychology.

I am the Program Director of Un Buen Comienzo (A Good Start), a cluster randomized evaluation of a professional development intervention for prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers in Santiago, Chile. I am currently collaborating with Dr. Catherine Tamis-LeMonda and Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa at New York University in the MetroBaby Project, a longitudinal study of low-income minority families in New York City. I am a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Cognition and Development. I have published in peer-reviewed journals including First Language, Reading and Writing, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy and Early Education and Development.

Teaching

PSY 101 General Psychology
PSY 241 Child Development
PSY 315 Psychological Research - Child Development
PSY 355 Advanced Seminar in Parents, Children, and Literacy