Faculty & Staff

Soyeon Park, Ph.D.

Dept. Chair/Associate Professor

Phone: (415) 405-3564
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:

Globalization and Family Relations; Research Methods; Child Development; Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings

Research interests:

Sociocultural influences on parenting and young children’s social/cognitive development; Globalization and its impact on children and families; Quality of early care and education; Early childhood teacher education

Service Interests:

Serves on the Editorial Board, Asian American Journal of Psychology
Serves on the Editorial Board, Journal of Life-span Studies
Serves as a Research Fellow for Education, Africa Future Foundation
Served on the SFSU Children’s Campus Planning Committee; Children’s Campus Advisory Council
Served on the Early Childhood Working Group of the Governor’s Kids Cabinet, State of New Hampshire
Served on the Pre-service Teacher Council, University of New Hampshire


Rene Dahl, Ph.D.

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 Resources Management

Research interests:

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

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


Alison E. Baroody, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor

On leave for Fall 2017

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


Linda M. Platas, Ph.D.
Associate Chair/Assistant Professor

Phone: (415) 405-3560

Email: lplatas@sfsu.edu

Educational Background:

Ph.D. Education – Cognitive Development; University of California, Berkeley
M.A. Education – Cognitive Development; University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Child and Adolescent Development – Research and Public Policy; San Francisco State University

Teaching interests:

Child Development; Cognitive Development; Research Methods; Early Childhood Teacher Education; US and International Early Education Policy

Research interests:

Early education in developing countries; Teacher education and professional development in language, literacy and early mathematics; International early childhood education; Effects of language and culture on assessment outcomes in developing countries; Measurement development

Service Interests:

Serves as a Member of the Technical Advisory Group on Early Childhood Measurement, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, Brookings Center for Universal   Education

Serves on the Technical Advisory Committee Member of the Meeting on Population Level Assessment of Early Child Development, World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland

Serves as a Member of the Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee, San Mateo County College District

Served as a Standards Working Group Member of the Learning Metrics Task Force, Brookings Center for Universal Education and UNESCO Institute for Statistics

Served as a Member of the TK California Expert Planning and Advisory Committee, Early Edge/ Preschool California

Served as a Member of the Academic Review Committee, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley


Molly V. Shea, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Phone: (415) 405-3975


Educational Background:

Ph.D. - Learning Sciences and Human Development; University of Colorado, Boulder
M.B.A. - Social Entrepreneurship; University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A. - History, Politics, Classics; Colorado College

Teaching Interests:

Learning and Development Theories; Culture and Cognition; Historical Roots of Educational Inequities; Learning Across Settings; Disrupting Social Injustice through Community-led Design Interventions; Research Methods; and Community-Based Action Research

Research Interests:

Dr. Shea brings together ethnographic study of informal learning environments with theories of learning that focus on the social, cultural, and historical interactions that shape development. Drawing on historical and political roots of educational inequity, Dr. Shea focuses on human-centered design interventions that interrupt social and environmental injustices.  Specifically she works with community or youth (often parents or students) to collaboratively design interventions that are intended to better understand how learning takes place across settings as people actively design for more equitable futures for youth, families, and communities. Finally Dr. Shea writes about teaching, specifically, methods for educators interested in disrupting white supremacy in the classroom.

Service Interests:

- Serves as Reviewer for Science Education and the National Science Foundation
- Collaborates on design interventions in two after school programs in the Bay Area
- Develops materials for researchers who seek to work more equitably with community and school partners
- Advising SFSU student organizations