Faculty Research and Activity


Faculty Research Interests

 Daniel Mead
Danielle Mead, Ph.D.

Danielle Mead, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development at San Jose State University. Her research examines language use in young children, including narrative storytelling, crib speech, private speech, bilingualism, and gesture use. She is also interested in special populations such as children with autism spectrum disorder and at-risk, ethnically-diverse children.

Ellen MiddaughEllen Middaugh, PhD.

Areas of research include youth civic development, civic education, digital media and adolescent development, and digital media and learning.  Dr. Middaugh's current research project, "Teens & Their Digital Worlds" examines questions of how teens learn to use the internet, technology and social media safely, responsibly and productively and the role of parents and schools in that process.

Recent publications include U Suk! Participatory media and youth experiences with political discourse in Youth & Society (Middaugh, Bowyer & Kahne, 2016), The Social and Emotional Components of Gaming (Middaugh, 2016) and Youth comprehension of political messages in YouTube videos  (Bowyer, Kahne & Middaugh, 2015).  

Link to site:  http://www.sjsu.edu/people/ellen.middaugh/ 

 Emily Slusser

Emily Slusser, Ph.D.

Emily Slusser began her career in child development as the program coordinator for an early education program where she developed intervention strategies for preschool children with limited educational resources. Since that time, she has established a research program that explores children’s early cognitive representations of number and the later development of symbolic math concepts. She is particularly interested in learning how cognitive representational resources drive language learning and how language, in turn, supports further conceptual development. Dr. Slusser is currently serving as the director of the Early Educator Preparation Program  and as core faculty for the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program.