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Research associates/Project leads

Ann BaileyAnn Bailey, Ph.D.

Research Associate
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Dr. Bailey has over 18 years of experience in the field of education and special education, specifically in technical assistance and dissemination at regional and national levels, teaching, evaluation, research, and training development. She is working on evaluation planning and research related to early childhood assessment, early childhood literacy, and childcare systems.

Mary HarrisonMary Harrison, Ph.D., LICSW, IMH-E® (III-C)

Research Associate
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Mary Harrison, Ph.D., LICSW, IMH-E® is a Research Associate at the Center for Early Education and Development (CEED). Dr. Harrison is the director of the Child Welfare Infant Mental Health (IMH) online/hybrid Training Program in Minnesota in partnership with the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare in the University Of Minnesota School Of Social Work. Dr. Harrison’s research focuses on using an Infant Mental Health Reflective Supervision/Consultation Model to support professionals working with infants, young children, and families across a variety of professional settings. She is an IMH-Endorsed® Infant Mental Health Specialist and provides Reflective Consultation to child protection workers as well as others in the field.

Michele Mazzocco headshotMichele Mazzocco, Ph.D.

Research Associate
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Dr. Mazzocco is a professor at the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development. Her research spans studies with children ages two to 15 years, and adults. Her research focuses on cognitive development in early to middle childhood, individual differences and development of numeracy, mathematical thinking, math anxiety, and lexical ambiguity.

Alyssa MeuwissenAlyssa Meuwissen, Ph.D.

Research Associate
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Dr. Meuwissen is a CEED Research Associate and Research Coordinator for the Reflective Practice Center. She specializes in supporting adults who support children. Her work focuses on supporting professionals through reflective supervision/consultation, as well as supporting parents in promoting the development of children’s cognitive skills and self-regulation.

Deborah OttmanDeborah Ottman, M.A.

Professional Development Coordinator
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Ms. Ottman is the Reflective Practice Center (RPC) @ CEED’s Director of the Supporting Early Social and Emotional Development online Credential and RPC’s online professional development programming. She directs the annual Minnesota Early Intervention Summer Institute. Her interests focus on designing and promoting relationship-based professional development in both online and face-to-face environments.

Amy Susman-Stillman headshotAmy Susman-Stillman, Ph.D.

Research Associate
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Dr. Susman-Stillman’s interests focus on promoting strategies to improve the quality of early care and education in home- and center-based settings, meeting the diverse needs of the early care and education workforce, and enhancing the impact of assessment in early care and education programs.

Christopher Watson Head shotChristopher Watson, Ph.D., IMH-E®[IV]

Research Associate
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Dr. Watson focuses on professional development with a focus on the social and emotional development of young children and reflective supervision/consultation, to support practitioners working with young children and their families.

Project staff

Michelle Englund, Ph.D.

Affiliated Member of the Graduate Faculty, Researcher

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Kristina Erstad-Sankey, M.S.W.

Assessment and Training Coordinator and CLASS™ Reliability Anchor

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Ashley Midthun

Quality Environment Observer

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Margarita Milenova

Quality Environment Observer

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Daniel Peterson

Accounting – Financial Professional 2

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Mary Beth Settergren

ERS Reliability Anchor

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Support staff

Karen Anderson

Executive Office and Administrative Specialist

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