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Special Projects

The following list of special projects provides a description of just some of the projects going on within the department but outside its centers and institutes. For more information about special projects, consult faculty profiles.

Child and Family WebGuide
Established and developed by Dr. Fred Rothbaum, the WebGuide provides parents and professionals access to reliable websites where they can receive the most up-to-date information and best advice for raising, educating, and treating children and adolescents. The WebGuide is maintained by students trained in evaluating sites and in the technology of developing sites. For more information, contact Dr. George Scarlett or visit their website.

Children's Television Project (CTV)
The CTV project is an on-going investigation of the sociolinguistic dimensions of children's animated television. For more information, visit the CTV website, or contact Dr. Calvin Gidney or Dr. Julie Dobrow.

Diversity Dialogues Project
Directed by Dr. Kathleen Camara, the diversity dialogues project is designed to reveal and explore micro-aggressions that occur at Tufts through the medium of research-based applied theater. Micro-aggressions are brief and commonplace verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether intentional or non-intentional, that communicate negative or denigrating messages to others and which reflect assumptions, biases and stereotypes that are ingrained in society. The project's goal is to create an awareness of our own cultural identities, biases, attitudes and behaviors; to cultivate learning, awareness, and appreciation for others in our community; and to encourage a continued dialogue on the significance of multicultural fluency and an orientation to social justice within our community. For more information, please refer to the Diversity Dialogues website or contact Dr. Kathleen Camara.

Families and Children in Challenging Circumstances (FaCCC)
Directed by Dr. Ellen Pinderhughes, FaCCC works to contribute an understanding of developmental processes that occur within families whose children are at risk for dysfunctional behavior — so that policies, interventions and services can be improved or designed to facilitate optimal child outcomes. Specific ongoing studies include: research on adoptive families with a focus on child and family readjustment; research on at-risk children in biological families which involves hypothesis testing examination with large samples over multiple years. For more information, contact Dr. Ellen Pinderhughes.

Navigating Multiple Cultural Worlds and Identitites
This ongoing research project is designed to investigate the processes and circumstances under which children gain expertise in navigating between multiple worlds and identities. The underlying assumption is that navigating multiple identities is a critical component of the development of self and identity – especially for children of immigrants and those from underrepresented racial and ethnic communities who experience life as minorities in the U.S.. For more information, contact Dr. Jayanthi Mistry.

Neighborhood Contexts
Dr. Tama Leventhal and her colleagues direct a number of studies on the role of neighborhood contexts in the lives of children, youth, and families, studies inquiring how the neighborhoods where children and youth live matter for their development, for whom they matter most, and when they matter most for children's development. For more information, contact Dr. Tama Leventhal.

The primary goal of the RISE project is to improve school readiness for dual language learners (DLLs), by strengthening connections between home and school and by fostering positive approaches to learning through hands-on science, technology, and engineering (STE) content. For more information, contact Dr. Christine McWayne or Dr. Jayanthi Mistry.

Somerville Integrated Data Systems Project
Although the department has a long history of involvement in the University's host communities of Somerville and Medford, there has been an increased emphasis on developing more formal community-based partnerships that are well aligned with our re-envisioned Early Childhood Education program. Three organizing themes characterize the newly envisioned programs: equity in early childhood, collaboration with community-based organizations for program development and teaching, and applied research. For more information, contact Dr. Christine McWayne.

YouthBEAT – Research and Evaluation on Arts and Youth Development
Directed by Dr. Kathleen Camara, the YouthBEAT lab projects focus on the study of the role of music participation in enhancing youth development. YouthBeat research represents collaborations between Tufts and Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. and other after-school program sites throughout the U.S.. For more information, contact Dr. Kathleen Camara.