Tuesday, September 01, 2020

The Department of Child & Adolescent Development extends a warm welcome to its newest faculty members:

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  • Rachel Flynn, PH.D
    Assistant Professor
    Rachel Flynn is a developmental psychologist whose research centers on media’s impact on children’s cognitive development. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College; her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Riverside; and she completed her postdoctoral training at New York University. She spent the past three years as a research assistant professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University. In 2019 she received an Early Career Fellowship for her research on Middle Childhood Education and Development from the American Educational Research Association and Society for Research in Child Development. This fall she is teaching CAD 300: Professional Roles and Careers in Child and Adolescent Development and CAD 660: Applied Advanced Developmental Science in Child and Adolescent Development

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  • Molly McManus, PH.D
    Assistant Professor
    Molly E. McManus’ scholarship focuses on the cultural nature of learning and development and issues of equity in early childhood education for children of color, particularly Latinx children from immigrant families. She explores the social, academic, cultural, and linguistic implications of young children's learning experiences from the perspectives of children themselves and examines how teachers and systems shape the type and quality of children’s learning experiences. McManus earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and completed a post-doc in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. Before academia, she was a bilingual early elementary school teacher in Oakland and San Francisco. This semester McManus is teaching two sections of CAD 410 Applied Child and Youth Development. She is looking forward to exploring with students the range of cultural ways that children grow, learn and develop