Lisa White

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

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Lisa White is an early childhood researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR) and is a key contributor to the DLL Pilot Study. She is involved in measure selection and development, assisting in study design, and conducting data analysis, writing, and dissemination. Dr. White’s areas of expertise include issues related to dual language learners (DLLs; including the cognitive advantages of bilingualism and culturally and linguistically sensitive classroom instruction), early science teaching and learning, executive functioning development, teacher professional development (PD), and measurement of child learning and teacher/classroom quality in early education contexts. She is fluent in Spanish and German and uses her language skills in her research with Spanish-speaking teachers, children, and families. Dr. White obtained her doctoral degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Miami, in Miami, FL, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ where she studied Spanish, history, and psychology.