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Psychology Professor Wins Prestigious Education Award

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Stephanie Jones, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, has won a prestigious award for her research on the benefits of preschool education.

Jones shared the 2008 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education with her mentor, Yale University Professor Emeritus of Psychology Edward Zigler, and Assistant Professor of Child Psychology and Psychology Walter Gilliam for their book, "A Vision for Universal Preschool Education."

The book argues that such a universal program would improve the readiness of the nations’ young children, fill a gap for working families, lower the high school dropout rate, reduce crime, and boost the economy.

"Decades of research indicate the need for a universal preschool education program in the U.S. to give children a solid cognitive and social foundation on which to build their futures.  Our book summarizes this work and lays out a plan in accessible language for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers," said Jones. "The characteristics that make up this plan are based on what research tells us would be most effective for children and most useful for parents."

Jones currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in the Department of Psychology. Her research interests include the effects of poverty and exposure to violence on social and emotional development in early childhood and adolescence.

She received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Yale in 2002.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 15,600 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a commuter campus in Westchester, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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