Prof Dana McCoy

BRCCH Collaborator
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Prof Dana Charles McCoy is an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in the USA. Her work focuses on understanding the ways that poverty-related risk factors in children’s home, school and neighbourhood environments affect the development of their cognitive and socio-emotional skills in early childhood. She is also interested in the development, refinement and evaluation of early intervention programs designed to promote positive development and resilience in young children, particularly in terms of their self-regulation and executive function. Prof McCoy’s research is centred around both domestic and international contexts, including Brazil, Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia. She has a particular interest in interdisciplinary theory, causal methodology and ecologically valid measurement. Before joining the HGSE faculty, Prof McCoy served as an NICHD National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Center on the Developing Child. She graduated with an AB in psychological and brain sciences from Dartmouth College and received her PhD in applied psychology with a concentration in quantitative analysis from New York University, USA. Prof McCoy’s work has been published in journals such as Developmental PsychologyChild DevelopmentPediatrics and The Lancet. She has presented her work to audiences around the world, including the WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank.

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