People

Recent Graduates

Maria Cristina (Cricket) Limlingan

Postdoctoral Fellow in Classroom Intervention
Developing Language and Literacy Lab
Teachers College, Columbia University


Mentor:
Carol Scheffner Hammer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, FASHA
Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders


Education
Ph.D. 2016, Tufts University, Child Study and Human Development
Adviser: Dr. Christine McWayne

M.A. 2007, University of Pennsylvania, Educational Policy
Adviser: Dr. Margaret Goertz

B.A. 2001, Ateneo de Manila University
Major: Psychology

Internship
Doctoral Intern at Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA
Doctoral Intern at Education Development Center, Manila, Philippines

Research Interests
My research interests broadly defined, aim to improve the quality of educational experiences for linguistically and ethnically diverse young children and their families in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries. I am particularly interested in the environmental and cultural influences on immigrant children's experiences and interventions that may improve their school readiness outcomes.

Brandon Foster

Research Associate II, Education Development Center

Education
Ph.D., 2017, Tufts University, Child Study and Human Development
Adviser: Dr. Christine McWayne

M.A. 2013, Tufts University, Child Study and Human Development
Adviser: Dr. Christine McWayne

B.A. 2010, University of Southern Maine
Adviser: Dr. Bruce Thompson
Major: Psychology

Internship
Doctoral Intern in Psychometrics at Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Research Interests
My primary research interest is in understanding risks and protective factors associated with low-income children's school readiness. Currently, my dissertation focuses on the psychometric integrity of a measures of early childhood classroom environment using modern Rasch approaches. Professionally, I am experienced with applying advanced research methods and statistics to a variety of issues in educational policy contexts, and have interned as a psychometrician for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and currently lend methodological and statistical expertise to a global research-based NGO to evaluate educational policy efforts throughout the Northeast.