Meet our staff

Director

Megan Gunnar headshotMegan Gunnar, Ph.D.

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Dr. Gunnar, Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, is the director of CEED. She also serves as director of the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development. Her research focuses on the effects of early adverse care on brain and behavioral development, and stress neurobiology and development.

Research associates/Project leads

Ann Bailey head shotAnn Bailey, Ph.D.

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

Elizabeth Carlson head shotElizabeth Carlson, Ph.D.

Research Associate
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Dr. Carlson is affiliated graduate faculty at the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development and director of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health certificate program. Her research focuses on the role of early experience in development, including how individuals become vulnerable to psychopathology and the impact of trauma on development.

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.

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.

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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Mary Harrison, Ph.D., LICSW

Research Associate

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Beth Menninga, M.A.Ed

Project Coordinator

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Alyssa Meuwissen, Ph.D.

Research Associate

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Ashley Midthun

Quality Environment Observer

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Margarita Milenova

Quality Environment Observer

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Deborah Ottman, M.A.

Professional Development Coordinator

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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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