Kimberly Diamond-Berry, PhD
Associate Director of Research & Early Childhood Strategies
Dr. Kimberly Diamond-Berry joined the Center for Early Education Research and Evaluation (CEERE) at HighScope in August 2017 as Associate Director of Research and Early Childhood Strategies. In this role, she supports the research agenda of the center by serving as the key lead in strengthening the research-practice-policy link in the organization, locally, and across the state of Michigan. Dr. Diamond-Berry helps develop and implement processes and practices that ensure the translation of the science of early childhood into current practice and policies. In collaboration with the CEERE’s leadership, she supports dissemination and communication efforts concerning new findings and evidence about approaches, curricula, and interventions that work best for young children and those who care for, support, and teach them in educational settings. She also partners with local and statewide early childhood stakeholders to raise awareness of early childhood issues through informal and formal meetings, forums and conferences.
Before joining HighScope, Dr. Diamond-Berry was the Senior Technical Assistance Specialist with the Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams (QIC-CT) at Zero to Three. She has spent more than 30 years advocating, in various capacities, for the healthy development of children of all ages and their families through multicultural counseling, community psychology, private practice, and in educational settings. She has lectured and been an adjunct professor of counseling and psychology at Loyola University Chicago, Northern Virginia Community College, and Bowie State University. A licensed clinical psychologist, she received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Diamond-Berry’s experiences in the field of early childhood have taught her that families with young children in child welfare are often times many of the same families found in HighScope, Early Head Start, Head Start, and other early childhood programs. She believes that one of the most important differences in families who thrive versus survive is access. Families who have knowledge of and access to needed resources will thrive and help their children thrive. Teachers and administrators who feel supported and have the resources they need will thrive and, in turn, create quality learning environments for young children; and institutions and communities that partner and share resources will create thriving communities that can change the world.