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Darlene Head-Reeves receives AERA Dissertation Grant

Darlene Head-Reeves, a Ph.D. student in Early Childhood, Families and Literacy, recently received a $15,000 Dissertation Grant from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her proposed research examines the relationships between key dimensions of fathering and the developmental outcomes of children. 

Head-Reeves hopes to see how various fathering factors – including capital and personal involvement – affect the cognitive and socio-emotional development of children.  Her study will utilize a nationally-representative sample of children born in 2001 and will expand upon previous research by focusing on two-parent, African-American families, rather than families with non-residential fathers.  

Head-Reeves was awarded the grant for June 1, 2006 through May 31, 2007. Her advisor is Lynne Vernon-Feagans, professor of psychology and William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Early Childhood, Families and Literacy. 

Founded in 1916, the AERA is an international professional organization concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation, and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. The AERA announced the inception of its Grants Program in 1990 and has since awarded more than 250 small grants to researchers from a variety of disciplines.