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Sara Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Learning Sciences and Human Development

Dr. Sara Anderson is a developmental psychologist who studies early childhood education, residential mobility, and neighborhood effects. Her work has been published in Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Applied Developmental Science, and Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. She has presented her work at national and international conferences.

She is currently accepting new graduate students. 

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Ph.D., Child Development
Tufts University, 2012

M.A., Psychology
University of New Hampshire 2008

B.A. in Psychology
Whitman College, 2002

Research Interests

  • How early childhood education improves early achievement and sustains achievement and for whom it works?
  • How do contextual features of children’s environment, including the neighborhood and school, affect children across development?
  • What are the characteristics of child care and preschool in rural contexts? 

Courses Taught

CDFS 250: Research Methods 

CDFS 412: Adolescent Development

CDFS 648: Theories of Child and Adolescent Development

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Society for Research on Adolescents