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Recent Graduates

Maria Cristina (Cricket) Limlingan

Research Scientist
Cultivate Learning, University of Washington

Research Interests
Dr. Maria Cristina (Cricket) Limlingan is a Research Scientist at Cultivate Learning at the University of Washington and is the lead Washington State Research Partner for Partnerships for Pre-K Improvement, a multi-year, cross-sectoral study focusing on improving the quality of state-funded pre-k programs. She recently completed her Postdoctoral fellowship in Classroom Intervention at the Developing Language and Literacy Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University where she worked on research related to supporting teachers who work with dual language learners (DLLs). Cricket is interested in conducting rigorous, multidisciplinary, mixed-methods research in early childhood and basic education with the goal of improving the quality of educational experiences for young children in the United States and in low- and middle- income countries. Her previous research has been related to home, school and community partnerships, family engagement, teacher-child interactions and dual language learners' school readiness.

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

Methodologist, 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 measuring early childhood classroom environments. My dissertation examined the psychometric properties of the ECERS-R, using a variety of item response theory models. Specifically, the dissertation examined the properties of the measure as it is frequently utilized in the field (i.e., using either total scores from the measure or factor scores from the various indicators). I am a lead researcher for the IES-funded Regional Education Lab Northeast & Islands. In this role, I lead the Early Childhood Workforce Development Research Alliance. The membership of the alliance includes leaders from SEAs and universities in the region. As the lead researcher, I provide technical support and conduct applied research studies to members of the alliance. As a methodologist at EDC, I provide technical expertise in research methods and statistics to a variety of research projects. My responsibilities include: designing research studies (i.e., RCTs, QEDs and correlational), optimizing data collection efforts, managing and conducting and managing advanced statistical analyses, and providing support in communicating complex results to a variety of audiences. A variety of peer-reviewed journals have published my work.