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Veronica Mingo

Meera Menon, Research Analyst

Meera Menon is a student in the M.A./Ph.D. program in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Human Development, concentrating in Human Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience and minoring in Nutrition and Health. During her time at Cornell, she studied executive functioning development in infants. After completing an undergraduate thesis examining the relation between body movement and attention development in 3-month olds, she became more curious about the factors that affect children's cognitive development and growth. Integrating her neuroscience background with nutrition, she then worked on a project examining the relation between maternal iron deficiency and infant memory development. During this time, she became increasingly interested in how variations within the caregiver-child relationship as well as other contextual factors, may affect children's cognitive and socio-emotional development. Currently, she is applying these interests as a doctoral research assistant for the Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation, Early Childhood (MHFE-2EC) project.