Director of Research Named
HighScope Press Release
Contact: Carrie Hernandez
Director, Sales and Marketing
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For Immediate Release
Dr. Tomoko Wakabayashi Named Director of Research
YPSILANTI, MI, December 2, 2011 ─ Dr. Tomoko Wakabayashi has been named Director of Research of the HighScope Educational Research Foundation, it was announced by Dr. Lawrence Schweinhart, president.
Dr. Wakabayashi is an experienced educational researcher with expertise in assessment and program evaluation. Her post-doctoral research experience includes work at the Center for Infant Studies at Stanford University. She has extensive experience in higher education teaching, and has served as the lead evaluator for a federally funded 5-year Responsible Fatherhood project.
Prior to joining HighScope, Dr. Wakabayashi served as research manager for Parents as Teachers, was a lecturer in the Child and Adolescent Development Department of San Jose State University, and served as a Postdoctoral Research Coordinator in the Center for Infant Studies in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Wakabayashi, earned a Master’s Degree in Child Study at Tufts University, was a research student at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan, and earned both a Masters of Education and a Doctor of Education Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
She has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including the American Journal of Evaluation. She has also given presentations at conferences including the National Head Start Conference, a Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Parents as Teachers Annual Conference, and the World Congress of Applied Linguistics.
Dr. Wakabayashi is a member of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
“We are very pleased to have Dr. Tomoko Wakabayashi as HighScope’s new Director of Research,” noted Dr. Schweinhart. “Her problem-solving orientation, research interests, experience, and educational background fit well with HighScope’s character and culture,” he added.
The HighScope Educational Research Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization which focuses on curriculum development, child and program assessment, publishing, professional development, and research for early childhood education. Its most well-known research is the Perry Preschool Study, a longitudinal study used by policy makers to justify investment in early childhood.
For more information, please contact Carrie Hernandez, Director of Sales and Marketing, at [email protected], or via phone at 734.485.2000, Ext. 255.