Shira
Kolnik Mattera
Research Associate

Mattera’s research focuses on early childhood education and intervention and children’s development. She currently works on preschool evaluations, including the Head Start CARES project (which studies the impact of social-emotional interventions on preschool children’s outcomes) and Making Pre-K Count (which examines the effects of a preschool mathematics curriculum). She received her PhD in applied developmental psychology from the University of Miami. There her research focused on the connections between children’s social and cognitive skills, as well as prelinguistic and social skills in children who were prenatally exposed to cocaine and living in poverty.