As director of the playLab, Professor Astuto creates “spaces of reflection” for team members to explore their role as a community-based researcher. The core pillars of her mentoring approach involves addressing issues of social justice, power and privilege which emerge through scientific inquiry, as well as focusing on strong work ethics and productivity. With Professor Astuto’s support, the team works passionately and collectively towards the goals of the playLab while having fun along the way.
As a Play Scholar, Cristina coordinates and collaborates on multiple early childhood research projects and professional development trainings. She has a specific interest in examining the role of play for Latino children.
Kalina takes a constructivist perspective to addressing educational issues in early childhood. More specifically, as a doctoral student she is interested in learning trajectories and academic achievement in mathematics.
Ivonne provides supports to our data efforts and grant development. In addition, she is part of the Spanish-speaking engagement team who develop and implement successful retention strategies for Latino immigrant families living in an urban context.