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Mariah Contreras

Mariah Contreras, Postdoctoral Scholar

Mariah Contreras, Ph.D., completed her doctoral training in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University in 2015. She holds a B.A. from Colgate University in Educational Studies and Art and Art History and a M.A. from Tufts in Applied Child Development. Her dissertation, Young Mothers' Early Ethnic-Racial Socialization and Children's School Readiness, was supported by a National Academy of Education/ Spencer Dissertation Fellowship and was among the first studies to utilize TIER data from the MHFE-2 Early Childhood Study. Mariah's program of research focuses on linguistically and ethnically diverse populations in the U.S. context; with specific aims to document the development of adaptive parenting processes (e.g. ethnic-racial socialization) and parent-child dynamics across early childhood, and understand how these processes link to young children's well-being and school readiness.