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Tufts University
Eliot-Pearson Department
of Child Study and
Human Development
105 College Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2248
Fax: 617.627.3503
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W. George Scarlett
Sr. Lecturer and Deputy Chair

Education
B.A. Yale University
M.Div. Episcopal Theological School
Ph.D. Clark University (Developmental Psychology)

Research and Writing Interests

My research and writing interests focus on four different areas:
(1) parents' and teachers' management of children's "problem" behaviors, (2) children's play, (3) spiritual development throughout the life-span, and (4) children's and teen's connections to the natural world.

How we approach what we take to be children's problem behavior can spell the difference between raising and teaching poorly vs. raising and teaching well. Similarly, children's play is central to providing us with windows on the diverse ways that children show how they are both complex and fascinating as well as strong messages about what supports are needed to help children thrive. As for spiritual development, we humans develop not only through becoming more scientific in our thinking but also through our responding to what mystifies and inspires – out of which can come powerful patterns of faith that fuel development and sustain us.

With regard to children and the natural world, today's ecological crises and the fact that more and more children are cut-off from experiencing nature directly makes it imperative that we better understand how best to support caring connections between children and the natural world.

Courses
CD 99/199: Community Field Placement
CD 157: Theories of Spiritual Development
CD 166: Children's Play and the Developing Imagination
CD 192: Approaches to Problem Behavior