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Abby Schachner

Early Childhood Researcher, Center for Learning and Development

Abby Schachner, Ph.D., brings expertise in early care and education, social and emotional development,  early intervention, home visiting, research on at-risk and diverse populations, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and technical assistance. Her research and evaluation efforts have concentrated primarily on understanding the policies and contexts that shape children’s development early in life, particularly on the role that families and caregivers play in supporting children’s social and emotional well being.

Schachner currently provides evaluation services as the co-Principal Investigator for the Researching Implementation Support Experiences (RISE) Home Visiting study to what it takes to support home visiting programs and staff implementing evidence-based home visiting practices and technical assistance on data analysis and program evaluation with the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy Center) and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA). She also lead the development of SRI’s online interactive guide for early childhood program leaders with research-based recommendations to prevent the suspension and expulsion of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and support success for all children.

Schachner has written and published extensively on the social and emotional development of young children and is a frequent presenter at national and international professional conferences. She has given presentations to a wide variety of audiences on strategies for analyzing and using data for program improvement and on integrating data across agencies and initiatives in order to answer critical policy questions. Her work has been published in Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, The Handbook of Cognition and Emotion, The Handbook of Prosocial Education: Developing Caring, Capable Citizens. She has also co-authored chapters in Developmental Psychology: An Advanced Textbook and Social and Personality Development: An Advanced Textbook.

Schachner earned her Ph.D. in human development with an emphasis on social and emotional development in early childhood from the University of California, Davis. Schachner also holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Georgetown University.

Abby Schachner