Tamesha Harewood


Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Michigan State University,
Specialization: Child Development

MA,     Human Development and Family Studies, Michigan State University, 2010
Specialization: Child Development

MS,     Administration, Central Michigan University, 2005
Specialization: Human Resources Administration

Research Focus

My areas of interests are the professional development of the childcare and education workforce specifically working with children from ages 0 to 8 years old. I am also interested in children’s language development and parents’ role and influence in this developmental domain. My specific research foci are (1) how the professional development of early child care and education contributes to children’s later academic success, (2) systems to improve the quality of professional development for early childhood professionals, and  (3) how parents’ mental health and early interventions influence children’s language development.

Current Research Projects

I am currently working on a federally funded project – Project LAUNCH – which seeks to promote the mental wellness of children from birth to 8 years by improving the systems that serve these children. This opportunity allows me to communicate and interact with early care and education professionals regularly. It also provides an avenue to evaluate how their professional development impacts their work as well as the development of children 0-8 years.

Additionally, I have been using data from the national Early Head Start Research and Evaluation project to investigate questions about the effects of parenting stress on child development, including language, social, and cognitive outcomes.

Publications and Presentations

Peer Reviewed Publications

Vallotton, C.D. Harewood, T., Ayoub, C.C., Pan, B., Mastergeorge, A.M., & Brophy-Herb, H. (in press). Boosting girls and buffering boys: The protective and promotive effects of Early Head Start for children’s language skills in the context of parental stress. Early Childhood Research Quarterly. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2011.03.001

Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Harewood, T. (2010). The effects of mothers’ and fathers’ parenting stress on the developmental outcomes of children at 36 months in a low income sample. (Unpublished master’s thesis). Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Conference Presentations

Harewood, T., Vallotton, C.D., Ayoub, C., Pan, B., Mastergeorge, A., & Brophy-Herb, H. (March 31, 2011). Boosting Girls and Buffering Boys: Protective and Promotive Effects of Early Head Hart for Child Language. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Harewood, T., Brophy-Herb, H., & Vallotton, C.D. (April 1, 2011). The Effects of Fathers’ Parenting Stress on Children’s Developmental Outcomes at 36 Months in a Low Income Sample. Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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