Author Archives: Sandra Tang

New Study – Early Self-Concept Predicts Later Math and Reading Achievement

Using data from multiple national studies, Dr. Davis-Kean and colleagues find that early domain-specific self-concept predicts later math and reading achievement. More information on this study in the current issue of Child Development can be found here:

Congratulations, Nick!

We are proud to announce that Nick Waters will be joining the newest cohort of PhD students in the Developmental Psychology program at the University of Michigan this fall. Congrats, Nick!

Dr. Tang at HighScope International Conference 2016 Research Symposium


Dr. Tang moderated the community panel, “Challenges and successes in community efforts to close the opportunity gap – voices from the field,” at the HighScope International Conference 2016 Research Symposium. This research symposium, “Closing the Opportunity Gap,” focused on research and community efforts in promoting children’s language-rich environments. For more information, please visit: 

Congratulations, Abbey!

In a highly competitive nomination process, Abbey Williams was selected by UM’s Psychology Department as the student who they put forward for the nomination for the Rackham Debt Management Award. Congrats, Abbey!

Congratulations, Lauren!

Lauren Tighe received an honorable mention from the Ford Foundation for her grant proposal examining the influence of parent educational attainment on the achievement of children from families living in poverty. Great job, Lauren!

Dr. Davis-Kean to speak at RCGD’s BioSocial Methods Seminar

RCGD Seminar_Pam Davis-Kean

Dr. Davis-Kean will give a talk entitled, “Population, Neuroscience, and Genetics: How do we Model the Complexity of Human Development?on Monday, March 30, 3:30 – 5:00 at the Institute for Social Research. This talk will overview a project that is being designed at ISR to examine the transaction of brain, biology, and behavior. For more information, please visit: