Faculty & Staff

Rene Dahl, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

Phone: (415) 405-3564
Email: rdahl@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Sociology of Education; Stanford University
M.A. Administration and Policy Analysis; Stanford University
M.A. Sociology; Stanford University
M.S. Recreation; San Jose State University
B.S. Recreation Administration; San Jose State University

Teaching interests:

Research methods; Youth Development; Program Planning and Evaluation; Human Resource Management

Research interests:

Youth development; diversity and management practices; evaluation of programs for children and youth; after school programs for children and youth; organizational structures of programs for children and youth

Service Interests:

Serves on state-wide Steering Committee for Baccalaureate Education in Early Care and Education (BPECE); state-wide Faculty Steering Committee for Competencies Integration Project for Early Care and Education; and Planning Committee for Higher Education Colloquium.
Served on the Board of Directors for the Community Network of Youth Development (President for 4 years); the Advisory Board for the Community Schools Development project with Cabrillo Unified School District in Half Moon Bay; and  Board of Directors of the California School Age Consortium

Soyeon Park, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Phone: (415) 405-3975
Email: park@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Child Development; Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.A. Child and Family Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
B.S. Child and Family Studies, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Teaching interests:

Children and Families; Research Methods; Cognitive Development; Infant and Toddler Development; Child Development; Early Childhood Teacher Education; Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings

Research interests:

Cultural influences on parenting and young children's social/cognitive development; Early childhood teacher education; Qualitative methodologies

Service Interests:

Served on the Early Childhood Working Group of the Governor’s Kids Cabinet, State of New Hampshire
Served on the Pre-service Teacher Council at University of New Hampshire
Member of the SFSU Children’s Campus Planning Committee

Amy Conley Wright, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Phone: (415) 405-3560
Email: acw@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Social Welfare; UC Berkeley
MSW Masters of Social Work (concentration: Management and Planning); UC Berkeley
B.A. Child Development and Public Policy, Boston University, Boston, MA

Teaching interests:

Social ecology of child and adolescent development; family support; child and youth policy; child advocacy

Research interests:

Family support; child maltreatment prevention; child advocacy

Service Interests:

Board member, International Children's Resource Institute
Advisory board member, Romanian Children's Relief
Advisory board member, Tipping Point Community

Alison E. Baroody, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor

Phone: (415) 405-0931
Email: abaroody@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

IES Post-doctoral fellowship University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Ph.D. Developmental Studies; Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
M.S. Developmental Studies; Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Teaching interests:

Early Childhood Education; Research Methods; Human Development; Child Development; Interest, Engagement, and Motivation in Learning

Research interests:

Children’s school achievement with a focus on interest and engagement in academic activities (especially literacy and mathematics); Multi-method measurement approaches of assessing interest and engagement; Early childhood and elementary school educational interventions

Service Interests:

Kristen M. Pozzoboni, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone: (415) 405-3705


Email: kpozzo@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Educational Psychology; University of Colorado at Boulder

B.A. Law and Society; State University of New York at Binghamton (Concentration: Women’s Studies)

Teaching Interests:

Learning and Cognition; Youth Development, Out-of-School Time Program Planning and Evaluation; Community-based and participatory research methods

Research Interests:

Learning and development in out-of school time; Youth engagement in community settings; Youth voice; Organizational systems and practices; and Community-Based Participatory Research

Service Interests:

Expanded Learning Collaborative: Making the Most of Out of School Time for K-12 Youth

Elaine Schilling, MPA
Lecturer

Phone: (925) 899-4136
Email: elaine@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

M.P.A. Notre Dame de Namur University (focus on Public Administration & Policy)

Teaching interests:

Organizational development, competencies and culture; leadership, mentoring; professional development; facilitation and communication

Service Interests:

International Adoption
Parent educator programs
School volunteer programs

Laura Monterosso, MA
Lecturer

Phone: (415) 971-3832
Email: lmonterosso@sbcglobal.net

Educational Background:

MA Early Childhood Education; University of Pennsylvania    
BA Consumer and Family Studies, concentration in Child Development; San Francisco State University              

Teaching interests:

Professional Development; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Education Reform

Service Interests:

Project Homeless Connect; Mission Cultural Center

Nadine Agosta, Ed.D.
Lecturer and Internship Coordinator

Phone: (415) 385-5985
Email: nagosta@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

University of San Francisco, Organization & Leadership in Education, Ed.D.
Mills College, Oakland, Early Childhood Education, MA
University of San Francisco, Organizational Behavior, BS

Teaching interests:

Child development; Early childhood education; Infant/toddler development; Action research; Family Support

Service Interests:

Board member of Marin County School District Organization, Cambodia Academy of Mongkol Borei. 

Member of Cambridge Who's Who, NAEYC, CAEYC, Phi Delta Kappa, Junior League of San Francisco,

and Docent for Belvedere-Tiburon Historical Society.

Research interests:

Implications of the internal revolution of the 1970s in Cambodia and children’s right to an education

Shelley C. Katz, Ed. D.
Lecturer

Email: sckatz@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

Doctorate of Education: Higher and Adult Education
Teachers College, Columbia University (1996)
MA: Higher and Adult Education
Teachers College, Columbia University (1987)
MS: Recreation and Leisure Studies
CSU San Jose (1979)
BA: Philosophy, Ithaca College (1975)
Baccalaureate Award, Cum Laude

Noelle Trinidad Taylor
Academic Office Coordinator

Phone: (415) 405-3911
Email: telleon@sfsu.edu