Faculty Associates

We draw upon the intellectual resources with faculty members from various disciplines helping to build our expertise. CCEC Faculty Associates are actively involved in current research projects, share their expertise at presentations, advise and mentor junior scholars and author working papers that inform our science-based interventions.

Faculty Affiliates

Facility Affiliates support the mission of CCEC to stimulate research and influence practices and policies that enhance the well-being of children’s cognitive, social-emotional and physical development. Their research and teaching practices align with the center’s commitment to improve children’s learning and development at home, in school and out in the community. Interested in becoming a CCEC Faculty Affiliate? Contact Dr. Rebecca Dore at

  • Eric Anderman – Professor, Department of Educational Studies
  • Sarah Anderson – Professor, College of Public Health
  • Noelle Arnold – Associate Dean -EDGE, Equity and Diversity; Professor, Department of Educational Studies
  • Alex Bonus — Assistant Professor, School of Communication
  • Theodore Chao – Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning
  • Elizabeth Cooksey – Professor and Director of CHRR, Department of Sociology
  • Eugenia Costa-Giomi – Professor and Interim Director of the School of Music, Music Education
  • Xin Feng – Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences
  • Jackie Goodway – Professor, Department of Human Sciences
  • Carolyn Gunther – Associate Professor, Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children, and Youth, College of Nursing; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine
  • Dorian Harrison – Assistant Professor, Teaching and Learning, OSU Newark Campus
  • Rachael Frush Holt – Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Science
  • Shoshanah Inwood – Associate Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Ludmila Isurin – Professor and Undergraduate Studies Chair, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures
  • Kimberly Jordan – Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Justice for Children Project
  • Rachel Kajfez – Assistant Professor, Engineering Education
  • Julie Kennel – Assistant Professor-Clinical, Department of Human Sciences
  • Sarah N. Lang – Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences
  • Stéphane Lavertu – Professor, Director of Doctoral Studies, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
  • Leslie C. Moore – Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning; Courtesy Associate Professor, Linguistics
  • Amy Nathanson – Professor, School of Communication
  • Kevin Passino — Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Keeley Pratt – Associate Professor, Pediatrics; Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences; EDGE Faculty in Residence, Equity and Diversity
  • Zeynep Saygin, Assistant Professor, Psychology
  • Kammi Schmeer, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
  • Virginia Tompkins – Assistant Professor of Psychology, OSU Lima campus
  • Katie Vinopal – Assistant Professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs
  • Susan Yoon – Assistant Professor, College of Social Work

Scientists & Research

Postdoctoral Affiliates

Postdoctoral Affiliates are housed in other parts of the college or university and support the research mission of the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy by conducting research focused on improving children’s learning and development at home, in school, and out in the community. Postdoctoral affiliates engage with Crane Center faculty, staff, and students on research projects and through professional development opportunities. Interested in becoming a Crane Center postdoctoral affiliate? Contact Dr. Rebecca Dore at


The Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy serves as a training ground for students from diverse fields of study across The Ohio State University campus. Ohio State students can participate in internships for undergraduate students, clinical field experiences for graduate students and medical students, and have the opportunity to observe the classrooms in the A. Sophie Rogers School for Early Learning as part of their coursework.

The Crane Center supports an average of 45 undergraduate students and 25 graduate research assistants on an annual basis. These students are conducting research and being trained in a high-quality setting that resembles the real world. In addition to hands-on experience, Ohio State students have the opportunity to attend professional development and research forums to further their education and practice.

Crane Research Expertise

Our faculty, scientists, and staff are leaders in their fields, with expertise that spans early childhood. Crane researchers conduct cutting-edge research in language and literacy; children’s television and media use; autism and learning disabilities; kindergarten transition and school readiness; toxic stress; executive functioning; shared book reading; and much more.

To connect with one our researchers, who may be available for interviews or stories, click on the button below.