Dr. Marsha Weinraub

Dr. Weinraub is Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University and Chairperson of the Psychology Department in the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University.

Dr. Weinraub has published widely on the effects of early child care, single parenting and maternal employment on parent-child relationships and child development. A national leader in childcare research, Dr. Weinraub testified concerning the effects of early childcare before the U.S. Congress in 1997 in hearings conducted by the Women's Congressional Caucus. Dr. Weinraub was a Principal Investigator on Phases 1 through 3 of the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development, a national longitudinal project investigating variations in early child care in infants and toddlers and the effect of these variations on children's social, emotional, and intellectual development from 1989 through 2004. She is now a co investigator on the adolescence phase of the NICHD project. With Dr. Anne Shlay and Michelle Harmon, Dr. Weinraub has evaluated child care intervention and subsidy programs. They have just completed a two-year project funded by the William Penn Foundation of the effects of child care subsidies on parental employment, child and family outcomes in low income families with different ethnic backgrounds.

Currently, Dr. Weinraub is Principal Investigator on a project funded by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Libraries to evaluate the impact of the 2007 One Book Every Young Child program.

Dr. Weinraub was awarded her B.A. from Brandeis University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

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Michelle Harmon
PSDRL Manager
Family and Children’s Policy Collaborative Project Coordinator

Michelle Harmon is the manager of the Personality and Social Development Research Laboratory. A member of the Lab since 1996, Michelle Harmon is responsible for coordinating the activities within the lab.

As a Project Coordinator for the Family and Children's Policy Collaborative (FCPC), Michelle works closely with many organizations both internal and external to Temple University, including Temple's Sociology Department, the Office of Vice President for Research, Human Resources, Grants Accounting, and the Institutional Review Board. External to the university, Michelle Harmon is FCPC's liaison to granting foundations, the PA Department of Public Welfare, Legislative Office for Research Liaisons (LORL), Pennsylvania State University and University of Pittsburgh's Office of Child Development.

Michelle oversees all aspects of research projects including hiring, training and managing research staff, constructing survey, interview and questionnaire protocols, creating databases, coordinating data entry for analysis, and assisting in writing reports and academic papers. She has lent her experience as a consultant assessing the quality of child care programs and as a trainer of field workers on nationally recognized child care observation assessments for local as well as state-wide research projects.

Projects with which she has been involved include the NICHD Study of Early Child Care (funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development), the Evaluation of the Philadelphia Early Childhood Collaborative (funded by the William Penn Foundation), the Evaluation of Child Care Matters (funded by the William Penn Foundation), the Barriers to Child Care Subsidies: The Influences of Family Characteristics on Subsidy Utilization (funded by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), the Process Evaluation of Ready Willing and Able (funded by the City of Philadelphia), the Historical Assessment of Participants' Experiences at the HERS Institute (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), the Welfare Reform and Child Care Subsidies: The Effects of Child Care Subsidies and Preferences on Employment, Children and Family Outcomes by Race and Ethnicity (funded by the William Penn Foundation and the Claneil Foundation) and the Evaluation of the One Book, Every Young Child program (funded by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries).

Michelle is also an adjunct instructor in the Kinesiology department teaching the R.A.D. self defense class for women. She has been acknowledged for her dedication and support to community service and Temple University's Department of Campus Safety Services.

Michelle and her husband Michael are the proud parents of Jason and Rachel.

Melissa Correa
Site Coordinator,
NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development

Melissa Correa has been a member of the PSDR lab since 2005. Melissa joined the lab as a research assistant for the Family and Children's Policy Collaborative working on both the Welfare Reform and Childcare Subsidy Study and the pilot evaluation of the One Book, Every Young Child Program. Her responsibilities included surveying families via telephone, scheduling and coordinating lab visits, cleaning and entering data, maintaining databases, compiling mass mailings, managing administrative tasks, and keeping rapport with participant families.

Melissa became the Site Coordinator of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD) project in 2007. In this capacity, Melissa oversees many aspects of the project including the hiring and managing of student workers; assisting with budget development and management, maintaining lab operations and IRB approval; managing data collection activities with participant families, pediatric nurse practitioners, and schools; data cleaning and entry; and fostering relationships with study participants and collaborating institutions.

Rebecca McGill
Graduate Student in the Department of Psychology

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