Dr. Margaret Beier examines determinants of success in educational and work environments. In particular, she focuses on 1) improving educational experiences and outcomes for all students by focusing on barriers to success, and 2) helping all workers with continuous learning and development so they can remain productive and engaged throughout their working lifespan.
Professor Flávio Cunha's most recent research program focuses on human capital formation in early childhood. His current research focuses on public policy innovation to increase school readiness among disadvantaged children. As a Texas Policy Lab project, Cunha is conducting research to improve access to high-quality childcare in Harris County. Additionally, Cunha has been working with the State Government of Ceara in Brazil to implement and evaluate a home visitation program designed to reduce child abuse and neglect.
Dr. Simon Fischer-Baum’s research focuses on the cognitive and neural mechanisms of written language. He is currently studying how braille is read and written by students who are blind and by their teachers, who are typically sighted, to investigate some of the factors that underlie low rates of braille literacy among blind students.
Dr. Yinghua He studies education policies, especially, those governing school choice and college admissions. He has developed empirical methods to investigate the determinants of student preferences over schools from data on school application and admissions; these methods enable researchers to evaluate/predict the effects of various education policies, including affirmative action, expansions of schools choice, and investments in schools.
Dr. Chase Lesane-Brown’s research examines racial identity development and the process, content, and consequences of race socialization among black children. For example, she has investigated whether and when race socialization messages improve black children’s academic performance.