The Child Development Lab aims to merge theory and practice as well as bridging disciplines such as Education, Psychology, and Development. Below are brief introductions to the CDL staff. Please email us with any further inquiries.
Dr. Elizabeth Jaeger, Director
Dr. Jaeger is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Saint Joseph's University. Prior to joining the faculty at Saint Joseph's University, Dr. Jaeger served as an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Psychology at Temple University. She received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Temple University in 1992. Dr. Jaeger's research is concerned with both basic and applied issues in early child care. From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Jaeger served as a Co-Principal Investigator on the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. This study, coordinated by NICHD, was a national, multi-site longitudinal study examining the effects of variations in early rearing experiences on child development through fifth grade.
Dr. Jaeger has also served as Principal Investigator on the Evaluation of the Nonprofit Finance Fund's Child Care Initiative. The purpose of this evaluation was to describe how the Child Care Initiative (CCI) was being implemented, to document the impact the initiative had on the quality, capacity and financial strength of child care programs, to examine the level of engagement needed by NFF staff and consultants to assure successful completion of facility projects and to determine the needs and resources available to programs currently, and prior to, the CCI.
Dr. Jaeger has also worked with both the Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County, Family Support Services and was a consultant for Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. to develop theories of change. A theory of change is used to gain a better understanding of the current methods of measuring an organization's activities and outcomes and determine effective means of evaluating these outcomes.
Most recently, Dr. Jaeger served as a consultant for the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands for a project that examined the quality of the early learning environment for preschool aged children on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John.
Department of Psychology
Office - 220 Post Hall and Alumni House, 2nd floor
Phone: (610) 660-3446 or (610) 660-3461
Lauren Galvano, Assistant Director
Ms. Galvano is the Assistant Director of the Child Development Laboratory. She received her Master's Degree in Experimental Psychology in 2005 from Saint Joseph's University. Ms. Galvano is responsible for the oversight of all budgetary and administrative functions of the laboratory, additionally, she helps manage all research and assessment activities.
Having received extensive training from the developers of the Environment Rating Scales and having conducted over 1000 assessments, Ms. Galvano also directs and trains the SJU Assessment Team which conducts ratings of program quality in infant, toddler, preschool, after-school settings and home-based settings. Additionaly, she is trained on the Program Administration Scale, which assesses the business practices of child care programs. Ms. Galvano provides trainings to child care staff, technical assistance consultants, and funders to better support the communities' ability to enhance the quality of early care and education for children in the Philadelphia area.
Child Development Laboratory
Office - Alumni House, 2nd Floor
Phone: (610) 660-3337
Dr. Jacqueline Nguyen, Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Nguyen received her doctorate in Education Psychology (Human Development) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also has a Ph.D. minor in education policy studies. Her research interests are on cultural and contextual factors that influence child development, particularly adolescent development. She is primarily interested in exploring parent-child relationships in immigrant families as they are affected by developmental and sociocultural factors, including neighborhood, schools, peers, autonomy, acculturation, and ethnic identity. Dr. Nguyen has extensive experience in qualitiative and community-embedded research, having worked with community organizations in Madison to conduct three qualitative and mixed-methods studies on Hmong immigrant families. Her current projects include 1) an examination of changes in Mexican immigrant parents' ethnotheories as families participate in an early education program and 2) an exploration of adolescent ethnic identity expression on the social networking site, Facebook.
Dr. Nguyen additionally serves as a board member for a Vietnamese non-profit organization in the Delaware Valley area and is a founding member of the group Scholars for the Study of Immigrant Families, a study group affiliated with the Society for the Research on Child Development.
Stephanie Fenicle, Program Manager
Ms. Fenicle joined the Saint Joseph's Child Development Laboratory in February 2010. She serves as the Program Manager for all Environment Rating Scale Assessment contracts. Ms. Fenicle received a Master's Degree in Education in 2006 from the University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the CDL staff she was a lead teacher in both Head Start and kindergarten transition classrooms. She has also worked as a child care director for a large corporation located in downtown Philadelphia.
Ms. Fenicle is responsible for the supervision of the SJU Assessment Team, which conducts ratings of program quality in infant, toddler, preschool, after-school settings and home-based settings. Ms. Fenicle provides feedback on these assessments to child care staff, child care directors, and technical assistance consultants to better inform their classroom practices and to assist them in improving their classroom and facility quality.
Child Development Laboratory
Office - Alumni House, 2nd Floor
Phone: (610) 660-3334
Katie MacTurk is working as a part of the CDL and studying under Dr. Jaeger. She is gathering information regarding parent's beliefs and child rearing practices specifically related to play, literacy, and child care practices with other CDL research to form a plan to improve child care systems. Katie is currently working towards her M.S. in Psychology and has already completed her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Spanish.